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Science News Archive - January 20, 2010

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As an ongoing whaling dispute between Japan and Australia heats up, lawmakers of Japan’s ruling party are rethinking a possible defense logistics accord between the two nations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For the first time, the widely used molecular synthesis technique known as click chemistry has been safely applied to a living organism.

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A new study led by researchers at The Florida State University shows the sluggish red grouper to be both architect and ecosystem engineer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Domestic dogs have followed their own evolutionary path, twisting Darwin’s directive ‘survival of the fittest’ to their own needs – and have proved him right in the process.

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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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