Science News Archive - July 14, 2009


A huge amount of global warming transformed the Earth into a hothouse 55 million years ago, but the cause remains a mystery, scientists stated on Monday.

The tiny translucent egg nestled in the special laboratory gel was a mere 30 days old, but its four-week birthday caused researchers to quietly celebrate. This was the first time anyone had successfully grown a woman's immature egg cells

They're called "fruit flies" for a reason, and it sure isn't for lack of appetite. But like most animals, the pests typically lose their appetite when they get infected.

Changes in the brain measured with MRI and PET scans, combined with memory tests and detection of risk proteins in body fluids, may lead to earlier and more accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna.

Obesity, among other factors, is strongly associated with an increased risk of rapid cartilage loss, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology.


Wild birds of several species are dying in large numbers from a paralytic disease with hitherto unknown cause in the Baltic Sea area. A research team at Stockholm University, Sweden


The ‘Analysis of the structure of language and dynamic of personality' research group of the University of Granada has developed a method to analyze the personality of people with psychopathologic disorders by means of their drawings.


The IMACS/MODSIM Congress will attract more than 650 experts in modeling and simulation from Australia and overseas to the Cairns Convention Center from July 13-17, 2009.

Rice University students have invented an award-winning device that measures intrinsic hand muscle strength for diagnosing and treating hand injuries. The team of bioengineering students said their device might revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of hand injuries and neurological disorders, specifically carpal tunnel syndrome. The device won first place and a $10,000 prize at an innovation competition for graduate and undergraduate students last month. Caterina Kaffes, Matthew Miller, Neel Shah and Shuai Xu invented PRIME, or Peg Restrained Intrinsic Muscle Evaluator, for their senior project.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.