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Science News Archive - January 30, 2010

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Italian scientists are seeking permission from French authorities to exhume the body of Leonardo da Vinci in order to conduct carbon and DNA testing they hope will solve many of the mysteries about the famous artist.

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President Barack Obama on Friday ordered the federal government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2020.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold a budget request briefing from 3 pm to 4 pm ET on February 1, 2010, at its headquarters at 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va 22230.

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Caltech biologist David Anderson and his colleagues identify a brain chemical involved in promoting aggression in flies.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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