Science News Archive - June 30, 2009

Researchers have found evidence that chronic disease in either a mother or father can create unfavourable conditions in the womb that are associated with the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in daughters.

Scientists from Texas are batty over a new discovery which could lead to the single most important medical breakthrough in human history—significantly longer lifespans.


A team of researchers from the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) has shown scientifically that human beings can develop echolocation, the system of acoustic signals used by dolphins and bats to explore their surroundings.


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the United States and Canada, by working together, can spark an economic recovery benefiting both nations. Chu made the statement during opening remarks Monday at the first U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue Roundtable at the Department of Energy in Washington.

Pigeons could be art critics yet, according to a new study1 which shows that like humans, pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ paintings.


People are more likely to enroll in conservation programs if their neighbors do--a tendency that should be exploited when it comes to protecting the environment.

A team of Harvard scientists has taken an important first step toward the development of new treatments to help people with HIV battle Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) infection.

A non-profit senior health organization says the use of statins might significantly reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease in the United States. The Senior Center for Health and Security has released a white paper saying the adverse health and financial impact of cardiovascular disease -- the number one killer of men and women in the United States -- can be significantly reduced through the well monitored use of statins. The paper explores the ramifications of heart disease and stroke, and the role the cholesterol-lowering statins can play in addressing them.

A team led by Yale University researchers has successfully implemented simple algorithms using a quantum processor based on microwave solid-state technology--similar to that found in computers and cell phones.


Just two months after the US Fish and Wildlife Service dropped its protection of wolves in the Great Lakes region, it announced it would add the animal back to its endangered list.

Word of the Day
  • Forsooth! indeed! originally a parenthetical phrase used in repeating the words of another with more or less contempt or disdain.
The word 'quotha' is an alteration of 'quoth he'.