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Science News Archive - June 16, 2009

The U.S. space agency is preparing to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-O from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The liftoff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-O satellite is targeted for June 16, during a 6:14 a.m. to 7:14 a.m.

A new report issued today by the U.S. Global Change Research Program outlines the extent of climate change around the U.S. and its effects not only at present but for the future as well.

German medical scientists have discovered certain immune cells can ameliorate hypertension-induced cardiac damage in mice. Researchers at the Max Delbruck Center in Berlin said they found a specific type of immune cell -- the regulatory T lymphocyte cell -- plays an important role in hypertension-induced cardiac damage. The injected Treg cells they harvested from donor mice and injected into recipient mice were infused with angiotensin II, a blood pressure-raising peptide.

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In revisiting a chemical reaction that’s been in the literature for several decades and adding a new wrinkle of their own.

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More than 1,200 Columbian companies have begun earning revenue by exporting an unusual resource – local insects, reptiles and fish.

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A new WWF study finds that employment in green economic activities is surpassing that of polluting industries in Europe.

A Canadian study finds people with a family history of genetic disease are at risk of discrimination from insurance companies and even relatives and friends. Yvonne Bombard and Michael Hayden of the University of British Columbia said the scale of genetic discrimination is largely unknown and their study is the first to focus on the issue in a genetically tested and untested population. The authors surveyed 233 individuals in Canada who were at risk of developing Huntington's disease.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced nearly $9 million in awards to support the next generation of American nuclear energy development. Chu said the Department of Energy will provide $2.9 million in scholarships and fellowships to 86 U.S.

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saggar
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.
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