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Science News Archive - April 14, 2011

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A leading scientist on Wednesday said that Japan’s northeastern coast has suffered many powerful earthquakes and large tsunamis in the past and nuclear power plants should have been built to withstand these natural disasters.

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Fossil from China suggests mammalian ear of monotremes evolved separately from that of marsupials and placentals.

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New research reveals how biological arms races between cuckoos and host birds can escalate into a competition between the host evolving new, unique egg patterns (or 'signatures') and the parasite new forgeries.

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A tired chief mate was responsible for a Chinese registered coal carrier ship that ran aground on the Douglas Shoal off the Queensland Coast, states the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in its investigation.

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In a blind taste test of wine drinkers, the average person could not tell high-end wine from plonk, or cheap wine.

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Choosing optimal growing locations limits algal biofuel’s water use.

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As part of the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) that has followed the Deepwater BP oil spill, federal and state partners have reached an agreement with BP to begin a new effort to restore submerged aquatic vegetation that was damaged by response vessels and activities.

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Stale bottled beer may soon not be a problem any longer as scientists have identified the chemical reactions that lead to the bitterness of old beer.

Remote lochs along the west coast of Scotland are turning up new evidence about the origins of life on land.

In a breakthrough that may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain, UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests.

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.