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Science News Archive - June 26, 2009

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On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said legislation to cut carbon dioxide pollution is gaining support in the US House of Representatives.

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According to a senior Chinese official, China is planning to build a wind farm in its northwest region that will generate as much energy as Three Gorges Dam by 2020.

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For years scientists have observed the deleterious effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the oceans on shellfish and corals.

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Declining wind speeds in parts of the United States could impact more than the wind power industry, say Iowa State University climate researchers.

The current U.S. health care system — with its ever-rising price tag and its gaping discrepancies in care — is a "ticking time bomb" for the federal budget, President Obama warned members of the American Medical Association.

The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon has been shown to have a significant effect on the results of the Ashes cricket series.

We can only marvel at the way that dolphins, whales and porpoises scythe through water.

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, came a step closer to understanding how cells close gaps not only during embryonic development but also duringwound healing.

A research team headed by Dr. Jonathan R. Nitschke at the University of Cambridge (UK) and Academy Professor Kari Rissanen at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) has made a breakthrough in rendering white phosphorus table to air, as reported in the latest issue of Science.

The recent increase in area burned by wildfires in the Western United States is a product not of higher temperatures or longer fire seasons alone, but a complex relationship between climate and fuels that varies among different ecosystems, according to a study conducted by U.S. Forest Service and university scientists.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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