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Science News Archive - January 23, 2010

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The strongest Atlantic hurricanes may almost double in frequency by the end of the century as the planet warms.

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A preliminary USGS assessment has found that the sequence of aftershocks following the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan 12 is likely to continue for months, possibly years.

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An inter-governmental workshop held in London concluded that governments must get to the root of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss if they are to determine the rate at which ecosystems and their species are disappearing.

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Tsunamis send electric signals through the ocean that appear to be sensed by the vast network of communication cables on the seabed.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.