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Science News Archive - January 26, 2010

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A UN climate panel is reconsidering its claim that there is a connection between global warming and a flux of natural disasters.

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As Californians reflect over the recent wild weather that battered the Golden State, experts warn of a far worse scenario that could potentially hammer the state with record rainfall.

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A team funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is returning to Haiti this week to investigate the cause of the January 12, magnitude 7 earthquake there.

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The hole in the ozone layer is now steadily closing, but its repair could actually increase warming in the southern hemisphere.

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Putting function before form, members of the Perissodinus genus of fish have developed a hugely lopsided jaw that provides a distinct feeding advantage.

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A study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides new information about the rates at which three of the most powerful greenhouse gases are destroyed by a chemical reaction that takes place in the upper atmosphere.

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The sea level in Israel has been rising and falling over the past 2,500 years, with a one-meter difference between the highest and lowest levels, most of the time below the present-day level.

Researchers in the UK use images from earth and space to reveal peatland surface patterns.

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In Guatemala, archeologists have discovered a Mayan sculpture head that could prove that the little-known site in the Peten region may have once been a city.

Biodiversity in freshwater systems is impacted as much or more by environmental change than tropical rain forests.

Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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