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Science News Archive - January 01, 2010

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DNA that is left in the remains of long-dead plants, animals, or humans allows a direct look into the history of evolution.

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In finding a partner of the right species type, male and female mosquitoes depend on their ability to "sing" in perfect harmony.

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Faster sequencing of DNA holds enormous potential for biology and medicine, particularly for personalized diagnosis and customized treatment based on each individual's genomic makeup.

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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany, and Indiana University in Bloomington have now been able to measure for the first time directly the speed with which new mutations occur in plants.

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Washington DC residents will now be forced to pay a five-cent levy on each plastic bag issued at the checkout line.

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A government official said China will become the world’s third-largest producer of electricity from wind by the end of the year as it taps more renewable sources of energy and reduces the use of polluting coal.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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