Science News Archive - June 20, 2009


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.