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Science News Archive - June 12, 2009

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According to science academies from across the globe, rich and developing nations need to lead the transition to a low-carbon economy to help fight the effects of climate change.

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During the thick of the banking crisis last year, many of the key financial players supporting US solar energy projects scrambled, abandoning these ventures.

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According to a new study, researchers say that deforesting large swathes of the Amazon to clear land for cattle and soy does not bring long-term economic progress.

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The zebra mussels that have wreaked ecological havoc on the Great Lakes are harder to find these days — not because they are dying off, but because they are being replaced by a cousin, the quagga mussel. But zebra mussels still dominate in fast-moving streams and rivers.

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The world is a perilous place for the endangered manatee.

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Fingerprints mark us out as individuals and leave telltale signs of our presence on every object that we touch, but what are fingerprints really for?

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The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than expected according to a new study led by a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher and published in the journal Hydrological Processes.

A team of Scripps Research scientists has created a new analog to DNA that assembles and disassembles itself without the need for enzymes.

It may not be the Yeti, but in a remote region of the Russian mountains a previously unknown and entirely unique form of plant root has been discovered. Lead Scientist Professor Hans Cornelissen and his Russian-Dutch team describe this finding today in Ecology Letters.

Researchers in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester are developing a new way to make protein based drugs with potential applications in stroke, vascular inflammation, blood vessel formation, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'