Science News Archive - January 20, 2010
As an ongoing whaling dispute between Japan and Australia heats up, lawmakers of Japanâ€™s ruling party are rethinking a possible defense logistics accord between the two nations.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has issued a decree to reopen the controversial Baikal pulp and paper mill, which has worried environmentalists for 25 years.
The World Wildlife Fund has released a statement saying that they estimate China's wild tiger population is down to just 50 as the species faces extinction due to loss of habitat and poaching.
A new paper argues that the distributions of the major primate groups are correlated with Mesozoic tectonic features and that their respective ranges are congruent with each evolving locally from a widespread ancestor on the supercontinent of Pangea about 185 million years ago.
For the first time, the widely used molecular synthesis technique known as click chemistry has been safely applied to a living organism.
A new study led by researchers at The Florida State University shows the sluggish red grouper to be both architect and ecosystem engineer.
Deep within the Kairei Indian hydrothermal vent field, two-and-one-half miles below the central Indian Ocean, scientists have discovered a gastropod mollusk, whose armor could improve load-bearing and protective materials in everything from aircraft hulls to sports equipment.
Although they are present almost everywhere, on land and sea, a group of related bacteria in the superphylum Planctomycetes-Verrucomicrobia-Chlamydiae, or PVC, have remained in relative obscurity ever since they were first described about a decade ago.
A team of chemists from the University of Valencia has confirmed that the substance used to hermetically seal an amphora found among remains at Lixus, in Morocco, was pine resin.
Domestic dogs have followed their own evolutionary path, twisting Darwinâ€™s directive â€˜survival of the fittestâ€™ to their own needs â€“ and have proved him right in the process.
- A spider.
- Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.