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Science News Archive - June 20, 2009

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Whale hunters in Iceland have brought in their first big catches of the season -- two 35-ton, 65-ft.-long fin whales.

Specific land management practices in agricultural watersheds, such as manure application, can affect carbon losses, according to a study in the Journal of Environmental Quality.

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“To thine own self be true” may take on a new meaning—not with people or animal behavior but with plant behavior.

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German botanists working in the rainforests of Ecuador have discovered a plant that “pretends” to be ill. The plant fakes its illness to prevent attacks by mining moths, which would eat the plants’ otherwise healthy leaves.

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International targets set for reducing biodiversity loss may still be achieved with the help of a new online conservation tool.

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IFM-GEOMAR-biogeochemists feed Saharan dust to enigmatic fertilizer plankton.

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A rare California condor chick has hatched in Baja California on a cliff side, according to the San Diego Zoo.

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Researchers trace a problem with a key climate model to its hyrdrology scheme and find a simpler scheme keeps simulations in line with real-world observations.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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