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Science News Archive - October 07, 2010

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Spanish manufacturing company Gamesa said Wednesday it had signed a deal with the USA’s largest shipbuilder, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, to develop offshore wind technology in the US.

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Scientists discovered that a decline in solar activity did not lead to an expected cooling of the Earth, a bizarre finding that many think will have repercussions for climate change models.

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Rapid color changes of skin used for interaction and displays of dominance.

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A team of Spanish scientists followed the brown bear population through the mountains of the Cantabrian Cordillera between 1998 and 2007 in order to find out about their hibernation habits, which had been questioned in historical documents.

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New research suggests that climate change following massive volcanic eruptions drove Neanderthals to extinction and cleared the way for modern humans to thrive in Europe and Asia.

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It just got easier to pinpoint biological hot spots in the world's oceans where some inhabitants are smaller than, well, a pinpoint.

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With bits of DNA extracted from century-old museum specimens, researchers have found a place for the extinct passenger pigeon in the family tree of pigeons and doves, identifying for the first time this unique bird's closest living avian relatives.

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Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have found that a species of lizard in the Mojave Desert lives in family groups and shows patterns of social behavior more commonly associated with mammals and birds.

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In recent decades documented biological changes in the far Northern Hemisphere have been attributed to global warming, changes from species extinctions to shifting geographic ranges.

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An investigative team set up to look into the Obama administration's handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill found that federal officials "created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem."

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