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Science News Archive - April 26, 2012

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Scientists Dig Up New Limbless Amphibian In India

A joint team of UK and Indian scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of worm-like amphibian living near Kerala, India.

Image 1 - Warm Ocean Currents Cause Ice Loss In Antarctica

An international team of scientists reported in the journal Nature on Thursday that warm ocean currents are the culprit behind recent ice loss in Antarctica.

Researchers Give Long Look At Who Benefits From Nature Tourism

Using nature's beauty as a tourist draw can boost conservation in China's valued panda preserves, but it isn't an automatic ticket out of poverty for the human habitants, a unique long-term study shows.

6.8 Million Birds Die Each Year At Communication Towers

More than 6 million birds die every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new study published Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

Selenium Impacts Honey Bee Behavior And Survival

UC Riverside entomologists develop 'proof of concept' that selenium may negatively impact honey bee populations at selenium-polluted sites

A new study this week finds that “quantum critical points” in exotic electronic materials can act much like polarizing “hot button issues” in an election.

The intense interest in harvesting energy from heat sources has led to a renewed push to discover materials that can more efficiently convert heat into electricity.

Among vervet monkeys, social learning is strongly influenced by matrilineal family members.

Dogs can be manipulated to choose against their preference by human cues, opting to turn down extra food in order to follow the human's choice.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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