Science News Archive - June 27, 2009


People smell them, thump them and eyeball their shape - but ultimately, it's sweetness and a sense of healthy eating that lands a melon in a shopper's cart.


A climate bill, which would revolutionize the way the nation uses energy and cut industrial pollution deemed responsible for global warming, was passed in the US House of Representatives Friday.


The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released a statement on Friday announcing the completion of the environmental section of the license renewal proceeding for Exelon Corp's 786-megawatt Unit 1 at the Three Mile Island nuclear power station in Pennsylvania.

Up to 5 percent of Americans may have fibromuscular dysplasia, a disease that causes artery walls to expand into arteries, vascular surgeons say. An estimated 85 percent of known cases of fibromuscular dysplasia affect females under 50, though men and boys also can have the disease, Thom Rooke, a vascular

Mozambique has agreed to keep commercial interests out of a newly discovered pristine rain forest, environmentalists say. Representatives from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust and other groups hoping to protect the rain forest of Mount Mabu say government ministers will preserve the area after new snake, butterfly and chameleon species were found there, The Guardian reported Saturday. The three messages we conveyed were that there is rich biodiversity in Mozambique, that butterflies and botany can be as important as mammals, and that conservation policy should take into consideration areas such as these mountains or the coastal forests, that do not easily fit into the usual category of national park, Kew's Jonathan Timberlake told the British newspaper. Mount Mabu rain forest has remained untouched by man even as surrounding areas was devastated by civil war thanks to its poor access, which kept people ignorant of its existence.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]