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Science News Archive - June 28, 2009

How social status is negotiated among fishes.

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When it comes to something as simple as hammering a nail, some people are naturals and get the job done after a few clean, sharp strokes of the hammer, whereas for the rest of us a similar challenge is likely to end up with the nail bent in the middle, a sore thumb and a wounded pride.

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UNESCO has now included a number of European sites in its World Heritage List, such as the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in Wales, a Spanish lighthouse, and two Swiss watch manufacturing towns.

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German luxury carmaker Daimler released their first hybrid model last week, 10 years after Toyota debuted their best selling hybrid.

One reason scientists haven't made more progress in the fight to prevent cancer is not enough money, U.S.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'