Science News Archive - July 07, 2009


A group of experts warned on Monday that increasing acidity of the world’s oceans and warming water temperatures from CO2 emissions could wipe out coral reefs by the end of this century.


Nearly everyone can recall the high school textbook illustrations of the planet’s first land-dwelling creatures, ubiquitously represented as comic-looking fish with short, stumpy legs.


On Monday the Israel Antiquity Authority said that they believed archeologists may have unearthed a stone quarry used by King Herod to build a number of famous structures, including the Jewish Temple and the Western Wall.

Swiss scientists say they've found male seahorses have a strong preference for large females so as to have more and bigger eggs, as well as larger offspring. Beat Mattle and Tony Wilson of the Zoological Museum at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, said seahorses have an unusual mode of reproduction: male pregnancy.


An abundant supply of food and an often sedentary lifestyle made dinosaurs the couch potatoes of their world, a leading zoologist said.


Australia's Great Barrier Reef will to be the first of the world's great coral reefs to die from warming water, a leading marine scientist said. There is no way out, no loopholes.

A U.S.- and British-led study has identified variations in five genes that raise a person's risk of developing common brain tumors called gliomas. The scientists, led by the University of Texas M.D.


Just months before world leaders are scheduled to meet to devise a new international treaty on climate change, a research team led by Princeton University scientists has developed a new way of dividing responsibility for carbon emissions among countries.

In this week's open access journal PLoS Medicine, Nayreen Daruwalla and colleagues describe the Center for Vulnerable Women and Children, which serves clients coping with crisis and violence in the urban setting of Dharavi, Mumbai.

Word of the Day
  • The act of lurking; skulking about; hiding; keeping from sight.
The word 'tapinage' comes French 'se tapir' meaning 'to crouch, squat'.