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Science News Archive - June 06, 2009

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A collection of 60 to 70 new bones, one of which resembles a 20-foot-long neck bone, have been discovered this week at one of Utah’s most prominent dinosaur quarries.

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Declaring that true faith has no quarrel with science, a senior Vatican delegation visited the CERN nuclear physics lab on the Swiss-French border this week.

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An environmental advocacy group says it plans to file a lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to force legislators to put in place additional protective measures for Arctic seals.

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A crew of adventurers looking to examine the world's most important underwater treasures are taking to the high seas on a decade-long mission inspired by explorer Jacques Cousteau.

A former coastal bay near Bakersfield, Calif., is filled with the fossilized remains of marine animals whose species have long gone extinct, scientists say. Scientists from the University of California-Berkeley said the Sharktooth Hill site could be seen as the richest fossil site in the entire world

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A new study shows that bats use sound for more than direction.

Some residents of Okanagan County, Wash., say they are nervous about the presence of a wolf pack in the area despite calming words from environmentalists. The Seattle Times said Saturday while environmentalists and government officials alike have called for a peaceful coexistence between the wolves and area residents, county ranchers like Vic Stokes and Craig Vejraska remain skeptical. We don't see them as the warm and fuzzy creatures others do, Stokes said.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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