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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
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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