Science News Archive - June 25, 2009


An Austrian plant that converts wood into gas opened on Wednesday, promising new options in renewable energy.


Mexico’s swine flu crisis, coupled with its reeling economy, may end a plan to save the world's most endangered cetacean.

Parts of the right hemisphere of the brains of people with dyslexia have been shown to differ from those of normal readers.

The genomes or DNA of microbes contain defined DNA patterns called genome signatures. Such signatures may be used to establish relationships and to search for DNA from viruses or other organisms in the microbes' genomes.

A revolutionary new protein stabilisation technique has been developed by scientists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

A new simulation program optimizes the structure and configuration of the metallic contact fingers in concentrator solar cells, thereby improving the efficiency factor, and a highly-sensitive method of producing cDNA fragments from biological sample material has been developed.

The goal of DNA barcoding is to find a simple, cheap, and rapid DNA assay that can be converted to a readily accessible technical skill that bypasses the need to rely on highly trained taxonomic specialists for identifications of the world's biota.

Scottish medical scientists say they have discovered specific structural differences in the brains of people with distinct subtypes of dyslexia. The University of Edinburgh researchers say their findings are among the first to directly link brain structure with dyslexia subtype and symptom severity. Led by Cyril Pernet, the researchers compared magnetic resonance imaging scans of the brains of 38 people who had dyslexia with a typical brain constructed from the scans of 39 normal readers.

Researchers studying the nervous control of nematode mating behavior have produced video footage of a male worm preparing to mate with a hermaphrodite.

Fast and green. That's what it takes to get to the winner's circle in a new type of auto racing.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.