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Science News Archive - October 12, 2010

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Researchers said Monday that traces of a previously unknown Bronze Age civilization have been discovered in the peaks of Russia's Caucasus Mountains because of aerial photographs taken 40 years ago.

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The UN weather agency said on Monday that the disruptive La Nina weather pattern in the Pacific basin should strengthen over the next four to six months, bringing on stronger monsoons and more hurricanes.

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Geologists studying the Jan 12 Haiti earthquake say the risk of destructive tsunamis is higher than expected in places such as Kingston, Istanbul, and Los Angeles.

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Monarch butterflies appear to use medicinal plants to treat their offspring for disease, research by biologists at Emory University shows.

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Tiny creatures may play a crucial role in mixing ocean nutrients.

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A study has gained new insight into the minds of dogs, discovering that those that are anxious when left alone also tend to show 'pessimistic' like behavior.

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Gardeners could help out the declining worldwide bee population by planting flowers that are red or have stripes along the veins.

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Wind power could provide more than one-fifth of the world's energy supply within the next two decades.

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Despite its primitive structure, the North American comb jellyfish can sneak up on its prey like a high-tech stealth submarine, making it a successful predator.

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Whale feces -- should you be forced to consider such matters -- probably conjures images of, well, whale-scale hunks of crud, heavy lumps that sink to the bottom.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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