Science News Archive - June 29, 2009


Tiny bone fragments dated from the first or second century have been identified in a tomb in the Basilica of St Paul in Rome.


A group of adventurers, who previously conquered Mount Everest, will now sail around Southeast Asia in a replica of an ancient Philippine boat to promote Filipino pride.

A group of plant proteins that "shut the door" on bacteria that would otherwise infect the plant's leaves has been identified for the first time by a team of researchers in Denmark, at the University of California, Davis, and at UC Berkeley.

High ozone conditions cause a 30% decrease in yield and an increase in the concentration of a group of toxic compounds within oilseed rape plants.

Global food security in a changing climate depends on the nutritional value and yield of staple food crops.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people with sensitivity to sulfites not to consume Sweet Potato Slice, a product of China. The CFIA said the product might contain sulfites that are not declared on the label. The recalled product -- manufactured by Zhongshan Kaxing Industry & Trade Co.

An aquatic lifestyle imposes serious demands for the organism, and this is true even for the tiniest molecules that form our body.


US President Barack Obama announced his resistance to a clause in the clean energy bill that would fine countries that ignore limits on global warming pollution.

Word of the Day
  • a study of the individuals in a group of people within a specific context and their relationships.
  • In rhetoric, the description of any one's personal appearance.
The word 'prosopography' comes from a Latin word meaning 'description of a person’s appearance' from Greek roots meaning 'face' or 'person' and 'writing'.