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Science News Archive - October 06, 2011

Researchers Find Fossil Of Ancient Silky Lacewing Insect

A team of researchers from the Capital Normal University in Beijing (China) and the Institute of Biology and Soil Sciences in Vladivostok (Russia) has discovered a remarkable silky lacewing insect from the Mesozoic of China.

Burmese Amber Reveals Ancient Caddisfly Fossils

The examination of insects in Burmese amber by researchers at the University of Cologne, Germany and National Museums Scotland revealed a new genus of caddisfly, which has been named Palerasnitsynus.

Monkeys Control Virtual Reality Avatar With Only Their Brains

Two monkeys trained in a Duke University laboratory were able to control a monkey on a computer screen and distinguish between different textures of virtual objects using only their brains.

Image 1 - Photos Capture Rare Triple Rainbow

Witnessing a double rainbow may seem like a sporadic event, and seeing three at once is extremely rare. But new photographs show this exceptional phenomenon in action.

Colossal Aggregations Of Giant Alien Freshwater Fish As A Potential Biogeochemical Hotspot

Many different types of animals come together to form vast groups – insect swarms, mammal herds, or bird flocks, for example. Researchers in France added another example to the list, reported Oct. 5 in the online journal PLoS ONE: the huge Wels catfish, the world's third largest and Europe's largest fresh-water fish.

Image 1 - Aquatic Beetle Found In 20-million-year-old Sediments

The fossil beetle discovered in the 16-23 million years old sediments of the Irtysh River in southern Siberia belongs to the modern species Helophorus sibiricus, a member of the water scavenger beetles (Hydrophiloidea).

When an athlete is doing well, commentators may describe him as being "hot" or "on fire," but scientists have generally thought that such streaks were primarily in the eye of the beholder -- until now.

Large, persistent populations of genetically engineered canola 1 have been found outside of cultivation in North Dakota.

As more and more people use websites like Craigslist to find roommates and advertise apartment vacancies, the opportunities increase for housing discrimination law violations.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected 21 teams for the inaugural class of NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) awards.

Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.