Science News Archive - June 30, 2009


Spanish researchers have uncovered a new type of camel that lived in Europe about six million years ago.


Dow Chemicals announced on Monday plans to join Algenol Biofuels in a project to use algae and carbon dioxide to produce ethanol fuel.


An $11.9 million tornado research project resulted in only one tornado being studied during a 35-day period.


Dangerous coal ash storage ponds are lurking in 26 US communities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday.


According to a new study, dust blown in from deserts may be disrupting the annual life-cycle of plants in the alpine regions surrounding mountains chains.


Are you ready for engines filled with chocolate, carrot steering wheels and soybean oil foam seats?

Avoidance of inbreeding is evident amongst humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology now report that it also occurs in a strictly monogamous species of bird, suggesting that the black-legged kittiwake possesses the ability to choose partners with a very different genetic profile.


NASA plans to conduct a test of space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to make sure repairs were successful. The test will be shown live online by NASA TV beginning at 7 a.m.

A new study out today found that many nations throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, are seeing an annual increase in visitors to their conservation areas.

Many plants protect themselves from hungry animals by producing toxic chemicals. In turn, animals rely on detecting the presence of these harmful chemicals to avoid consuming dangerous plant material.

Word of the Day
  • In medieval musical notation, a sign or neume denoting a shake or trill.
The word 'quilisma' comes from a Greek word meaning 'a roll'.