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Science News Archive - July 22, 2009

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On Tuesday, Lebanon's Jeita Grotto was selected as one of the finalists for the seven natural wonders of the world, facing the Amazon, Mount Vesuvius and others for a spot on the prestigious list.

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According to a UN official, the United States has undergone a change of opinion on climate change and is now on a path toward “strong climate action.”

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A new study shows that bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates more quickly when they have clean water and plentiful sea life at their side

Winter chill, a vital climatic trigger for many tree crops, is likely to decrease by more than 50 percent during this century as global climate warms, making California no longer suitable for growing many fruit and nut crops

Genetic research indicates that Australian Aborigines initially arrived via south Asia. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology have found telltale mutations in modern-day Indian populations that are exclusively shared by Aborigines.

A research report published in the July 2009 issue of the journal GENETICS (http://www.genetics.org) complicates the debate over whether nature or nurture plays the most important role in complex diseases such as psychiatric disorders

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Berkeley Lab researchers have produced non-toxic magnesium oxide nanocrystals that efficiently emit blue light and could also play a role in long-term storage of carbon dioxide, a potential means of tempering the effects of global warming.

Bleached corals bounce back to normal growth rates faster when they have clean water and lots of sea life at their side, a U.S.

The European Space Agency officially opened its new research facility in Britain Wednesday. The facility will focus on science and exploration, with an emphasis on robotics and climate change, the BBC reported. The center is part of a group of high-tech businesses and academic institutions operating on the Harwell innovation campus near Oxford. ESA officials said they anticipate the new unit will become its hub for industrial intelligence, a venture seeking to pull new ideas from the private sector into the agency. We at ESA are looking at the Harwell site to see how we can work differently on the techno front with industry -- not just British industry, but European industry in general, David Southwood, ESA's chief scientist, told BBC News.

A reduction of as little as five per cent in fisheries catch could result in as much as 30 per cent of the British Columbia coastal ecosystems being protected from overfishing, according to a new study from the UBC Fisheries Centre.

Word of the Day
coulisse
  • One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
  • The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
  • A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
  • A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
The word 'coulisse' comes from a French word meaning "sliding door".
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