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Science News Archive - January 15, 2010

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Genetic analyses refute the hypothesis that an overly abundant population of minke whales is creating too much competition over food for populations of other whale species to rebound.

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Figs and the wasps that pollinate them present one of biologists' favorite examples of a beneficial relationship between two different species.

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Scientists have sequenced the genomes of three parasitoid wasp species, revealing many features that could be useful to pest control and medicine, and to enhance our understanding of genetics and evolution.

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Twenty PECASE awardees were nominated by NSF from its distinguished pool of CAREER awardees.

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Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed "Sea Node" has completed the Trident Warrior 2009 Exercise and officially received a positive Military Utility Assessment.

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Scientists have discovered that air flows in one direction as it loops through the lungs of alligators, just as it does in birds.

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Microscopic nematode worms can be a potent organic insecticide, killing crop-raiding bugs without harming plants or beneficial insects and without the environmental side effects of chemicals.

A landmark study from the University of British Columbia finds that the neighborhoods in which children reside at kindergarten predict their reading comprehension skills seven years later.

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Resources to solve the housing crisis in Haiti may already be on hand.

Three frequently used human esophageal adenocarcinoma cell lines used for research were confirmed as being from other tumor types.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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