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Science News Archive - January 22, 2010

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The population of chimpanzees across western Africa has decreased by 75% in the past 30 years, due in part to widespread chimp hunting.

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On January 2, Mount Nyamulagira in the Democratic Republic of Congo erupted, spewing lava from its southern flank and raising concerns that the 100 000 people in the town of Sake could be under threat.

Researchers have discovered that some of the most fundamental assumptions about how water moves through soil in a seasonally dry climate such as the Pacific Northwest are incorrect – and that a century of research based on those assumptions will have to be reconsidered.

Dr. Daylon James and colleagues have generated plentiful supply of endothelial cells that are suitable for therapeutic use.

Unclear land rights, corruption threaten to undermine success of promised REDD funds.

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Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian extreme sportsman, said his next goal is to try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump.

Researchers at the medical university Karolinska Institutet have created a genetically modified mouse in which certain neurons can be activated by blue light.

The cutting edge science of how vision works and how we may be able to prevent, repair or restore lost sight in future will be explored at an international scientific meeting in Sydney next week.

Major report draws on Cardiff research.

Two recent, separate publications identified regions with higher than expected numbers of autism cases – or clusters – in California.

Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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