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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
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'