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Science News Archive - June 22, 2009

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Eighteen baby mountain gorillas have been “baptized” at an annual event in Rwanda to signify the seriousness of the endangerment of the species.

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Israeli archeologists announced Sunday that the largest underground quarry in the Holy Land has been discovered and it dates back to the time of Jesus and contains Christian symbols that are etched into the walls.

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Gone are the fretful days of worry about the nation’s water supply, says Khoo Teng Chye, the likable chief of Singapore’s water agency for the last five years.

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The largest animals ever to have walked the face of the earth may not have been as big as previously thought, reveals a paper published today in the Zoological Society of London's Journal of Zoology.

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In the Doñana National Park in the southernmost Spanish community of Andulia, roadside signs abound warning drivers to watch out for wild Iberian Lynxes, one of the rarest species of cats on the planet.

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Researchers from the Teruel-Dinópolis Joint Palaeontology Foundation have compared an Allosauroidea tooth found in deposits in Riodeva, Teruel, with other similar samples.

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The US summoned environment ministers from the world's largest polluters to meet in Mexico today to expedite a key United Nations climate accord.

Notch signaling helps determine the fate of a number of different cell types in a variety of organisms, including humans.

Rearrangements of all sizes in genomes, genes and exons can result from a glitch in DNA copying that occurs when the process stalls at a critical point and then shifts to a different genetic template, duplicating and even triplicating genes or just shuffling or deleting part of the code within them, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a recent report in the journal Nature Genetics.

Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.