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Science News Archive - June 23, 2009

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An international oceanographic research expedition to the middle of the South Pacific Gyre – a site that is as far from continents as it is possible to go on Earth's surface – found so few organisms beneath the seafloor that it may be the least inhabited sediment ever explored for evidence of life.

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Toyota Motors, the world's largest automaker, is planning on releasing a fuel-cell car by 2015 in its attempt to retain its lead in the global race for green cars.

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As global warming whips up more powerful and frequent hurricanes and storms, the world’s coral reefs face increased disruption to their ability to breed and recover from damage.

A Minnesota woman who died from hantavirus may have contracted the rodent-linked disease during a trip through the Grand Canyon, authorities said. The woman, whose name and hometown were not released, died June 12 at a hospital outside Arizona, said Trish Lees, a spokeswoman for the Coconino County, Ariz., Health Department. The woman, in her early 50s, may have contracted the disease during a family boating trip on the Colorado River in mid- to late-May, Lees told the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, in a story published Tuesday. It was the first hantavirus case linked to Arizona this year.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat California Prime Produce- or Orange County Orchards-brand pistachios. FDA officials said Orca Distribution West Inc. of Anaheim, Calif., received and repackaged pistachios recalled by Setton Pistachios of Terra Bella Inc.

The sustainability of fisheries depends on the transparency with which coastal states incorporate scientific advice into policies, reports a study led by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and published in the journal PLoS Biology.

Joel Drevet and colleagues, at Clermont Université, France, have identified a protein that helps protect immature mouse sperm after they have been released into a region of the testis known as the epididymis

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The U.S. space agency says its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter entered a lunar orbit at 6:27 a.m.

An international collaboration of scientists has completed the genome sequencing of the Azotobacter vinelandii soil bacterium, U.S.

Implicit stereotypes – thoughts that people may be unwilling to express or may not even know that they have – may have a powerful effect on gender equity in science and mathematics engagement and performance

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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