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Science News Archive - October 29, 2010

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Twin volcanoes on Russia's far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula erupted on Thursday, pumping massive ash clouds miles into the air, diverting flights and covering nearby towns in thick, heavy ash.

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Officials participating in the federal government's investigation into the cause or causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the ensuing oil spill appear to have found at least one potential culprit: faulty cement.

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Researchers have discovered the oldest evidence to date that prehistoric humans in southern Africa had mastered a complex, delicate process to sharpen stones into spears and knives at least 75,000 years ago, more than 50,000 years earlier than previously believed.

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The chimpanzee, man’s closest relative, shares a common trait with its human cousin -- being right handed -- according to a new Spanish study.

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2010 has been an “exceptional” year for weather disasters with the highest number of weather-related events since records began being kept, German reinsurance company Munich Re said Thursday.

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Team says current models may underestimate ozone levels; findings made by characterizing rates of key chemical reactions.

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Noble metals such as platinum and palladium are becoming increasingly important because of growth in environmentally friendly applications such as fuel cells and pollution control catalysts.

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Strong immunity may play a key role in determining long life, but may do so at the expense of reduced fertility, a Princeton University study has concluded.

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A major new study that sounds a conservation alarm for the world’s vertebrate species notes that the world’s seagrass species are faring somewhat better, says a University of New Hampshire researcher who was a coauthor of the study.

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The July flight of a solar-powered plane built in Switzerland officially set a trio of world records, authorities with the International Aeronautical Federation (FAI) confirmed on Friday.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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