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Science News Archive - June 09, 2009

What is being billed as the world's smallest microwave promises new convenience for consumers but so far it's just a prototype, British industry analysts said. The portable microwave can be powered through a link to a USB port on a laptop computer, The Daily Mail of Britain reported Monday.

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As part of a worldwide push to eradicate one of the oldest and deadliest diseases still in existence, scientists at the University of Maryland are tinkering with mosquito DNA to produce insects capable of carrying a larger than normal load of the parasite responsible for malaria.

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On Monday a coalition of environmental organizations unveiled their manifesto for a new climate treaty, calling on wealthy, developed nations to reduce their carbon emissions by more than 40 percent by 2020 and by 95 percent by 2050.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Clarcon-produced skin care products because of possible bacterial contamination. The FDA said the Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc.

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Governor David Paterson announced on Monday that New York might generate up to 50,000 jobs by allocating 45% of its electricity needs to environmentally friendly sources by 2015.

A 12-year-old student from Kansas has signed her name on the next Mars rover. Monday's trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was the sixth-grade student's prize for winning an essay competition in which she named the rover Curiosity. The student from Sunflower Elementary school in Lenexa, Kan., also received a tour of the JPL, along with her parents and sister, NASA said. Inside the building where the Curiosity rover is being assembled, Clara donned a protective outfit called a bunny suit to step into a cleanroom and sign her name on the rover.

More than 100 feet deep in Lake Huron, on a wide stoney ridge that 9,000 years ago was a land bridge, University of Michigan researchers have found the first archeological evidence of human activity preserved beneath the Great Lakes.

An over-the-counter gender prediction test will not be sold in China or India for fear it could be used as a reason to terminate pregnancies, its maker said. All of our retailers have to strictly adhere to that policy.

Over thousands of years, humans have evolved to naturally understand things like facial expressions and social interactions.

Word of the Day
drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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