Science News Archive - July 13, 2009


'Bullet fingerprinting' technology developed at the University of Leicester in collaboration with Northamptonshire Police is now being advanced in new ways.


Global warming may exact a toll on salt marshes in New England, but new research shows that one key constituent of marshes may be especially endangered.


A second full footprint of a Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered on the remote Philmont Boy Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., a paleontologist said. This is one of the most important sites ever found in New Mexico, said Spencer Lucas, paleontology curator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced several more recalls of products containing possibly tainted non-fat dry milk. The action stems from the recall of all products manufactured during the past two years by the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative of Plainview, Minn.

Attempting to tackle climate change by trapping carbon dioxide or switching to nuclear power will not solve the problem of global warming, according to energy calculations published this month in the International Journal of Global Warming.

The contaminated sunflower oil was reported by France to the European Commission and EU Member States via the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) in April 2008, and the Commission subsequently imposed restrictions on the importation of sunflower oil from Ukraine

German researchers say they have developed a method of better identifying various strains of bacteria The Helmholtz Center for Infection Research scientists said the new technique is based on detecting short, repetitive DNA segments in the genome of bacteria, since every bacterial strain has such characteristic repeats. With this method we are able to identify bacterial strains as well as clarify their genetic relationships, said Manfred Hofle.

In the brain, many types of synaptic proteins are spatio-temporally regulated to maintain synaptic activity at a constant level. Here, the Japanese research group led by Professor Masaki Fukata

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