Science News Archive - May 14, 2010
A new commentary on the nature of pathogens is raising startling new questions about the role that fundamental science research on evolution plays in the understanding of emerging disease.
NOAA's National Geodetic Survey â€“ the official US government source for determining precise latitude, longitude and elevation â€“ is undergoing a modernization effort that takes into account advances in GPS and other technologies.
Male physical competition, not attraction, was central in winning mates among human ancestors, according to a Penn State anthropologist.
Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have found a specific chemical compound secreted by many predators that makes mice behave fearfully.
The head of the United Nation's climate change panel defended its case against an academic council charged with reviewing its research methods after a string of challenges to its findings.
Hunting and fishing quotas limit the number of game animals or fish an individual may take based on harvests from the previous year.
Two University of Pennsylvania mathematicians have found solutions to a 140-year-old, 7-dimensional equation that were not known to exist for more than a century despite its widespread use in modeling the behavior of gases.
Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a gene in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae that might be important for ethanol production from plant material, providing insights into the bioethanol alternative to 'fossil fuels'.
Scientists studying the environmental impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have revealed the ecological impact and human health risks from exposure to chemical contaminants.
Experts warned Friday that much more oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a sunken British Petroleum oil rig than officials had estimated.