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Science News Archive - May 14, 2010

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The earliest birds may have had feathers, but they were not strong enough to carry the winged creatures in flight, researchers revealed Thursday.

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An Internet company from Iceland has capitalized on the volcanic ash plume that led to Europe’s biggest aerial shutdown since World War II by turning the crisis into a charity money-maker.

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A visible satellite image on Wednesday, May 12 at 13:10 UTC (9:10 am EDT) from NASA's Aqua satellite's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano's ash plume (brown).

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Paleontologists have discovered a rich array of exceptionally preserved fossils of marine animals that lived between 480 million and 472 million years ago, during the early part of a period known as the Ordovician.

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An aggressive, invasive aquatic organism that is on the state’s most dangerous species list has been discovered in both Winchester Bay and Coos Bay, and scientists say this “colonial tunicate” – Didemnum vexillum – has serious economic and environmental implications.

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Researchers in Portugal and Austria show how food intake is modulated in fruit flies.

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Tiny variations in silver composition indicate water was in Earth's original building blocks.

Individual male birds can differ dramatically in their behavior, and this difference is often due in part to how much testosterone they produce.

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According to a new study by a Quebec research team, there are strong correlations between dog breeds' typical personalities, how long they live, and how much food they eat.

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Scientists review the benefits and tradeoffs of current methods in forest carbon storage.

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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