Science News Archive - July 01, 2009

Researchers say baldcypress trees in central Texas provide a record of past weather and clues to the region's future. Malcolm Cleaveland of the University of Arkansas and his team have been taking cores from the trees that show the rings, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.


Researchers have said in a new report that coastal development and declining water quality are threatening seagrasses worldwide.


The European Food Safety Authority declared on Tuesday that a genetically modified strain of maize banned in some EU countries poses no risk to health or the environment.


Strangely shaped fruits and vegetables, such as bendy cucumbers and knobbly carrots, will be allowed back into European supermarkets on July 1.


California celebrated on Tuesday when the Obama administration approved their longtime bid to sanction their own stringent requirements for vehicle emissions.


Transcriptomic tests have uncovered the protein composition of venom from the Scorpiops jendeki scorpion.


Extinction looms for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds restricted to declining mangrove forests.

An observer feels more empathy for someone in pain when that person is in the same social group, according to new research in the July 1 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.


According to new research published online in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on July 1, 2009, a new fossil primate from Myanmar suggests that the common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes evolved from primates in Asia, not Africa as many researchers believe.


Alaska’s Mount Redoubt has gradually slowed down in activity since the last eruption three months ago.

Word of the Day
  • A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
The word 'deuteragonist' comes from a Greek word meaning 'an actor of second-class parts'.