Science News Archive - June 04, 2009


According to a UN report, global investments in renewable energy overtook investments in carbon-based fuels for the first time, attracting $155 billion last year.

After a review of 284 cases, specialists at the Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Neuroscience Institute have concluded that performing a stereotactic needle biopsy in an area of the brain associated with language or other important functions carries no greater risk than a similar biopsy in a less critical area of the brain.


Although the great tit bird is loud enough to be heard in noisy, city areas, for their country relations they might as well be speaking Greek.

Lee Smolin, author of the bestselling science book The Trouble with Physics and a founding member and research physicist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, writes exclusively in the June issue of Physics World explaining why theories of cosmology that suggest that our universe is just one of many - the so-called multiverse - and thus perpetuate the notion that time does not exist are flawed.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of approximately 564 pounds of possible tainted duck leg confit and sausage products. The FSIS said the Schaller Mfg. Corp.

Unique Queen's University research will shed light on how motivation and anxiety affects language test scores, and on the relationship between the test scores and the social and educational contexts of the tests.

Although it is a relatively widespread phenomenon, the experts have still not been able to come up with an all-encompassing and precise definition of workplace abuse or bullying.

A new computer modeling approach tested in New York City may assist in disaster planning and medical response efforts in public health emergencies. The study simulated and evaluated hypothetical malicious sarin releases in several New York City locations using city demographic information and hospital resource and public transportation system data. Officials said the results showed an attack in Manhattan could potentially result in up to 22,000 exposed individuals and 178 intensive care unit admissions. This platform is more sophisticated than previous disaster planning models, said Dr.

Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.