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Science News Archive - January 16, 2010

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An avalanche survival study in Austria that involved burying 29 pigs alive under large amounts of snow has been cancelled to avoid potential public protests.

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A technology that allows pig stem cells to be converted into strips of meat might one day offer a solution to world hunger and a green alternative to raising livestock, scientists say.

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An Egyptian mummy - known as Pa-Ib - that was examined by researchers using new imaging technology, offered no evidence that a packet inside her entombed body contained the remains of a bird mummy, a speculation based on previous tests.

Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.