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Researchers Confirm Origin Of Stonehenge Rocks
2011-12-20 09:52:59

Experts studying the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge have now confirmed for the first time the exact origin of some of the rocks used in the ancient monument in Wiltshire, England. The researchers -- geologists Robert Ixer of the University of Leicester and Richard Bevins of the National Museum of Wales -- have matched fragments of stone from the 5,000 year old monument with rocks found in southwest Wales more than 150 miles away. The actual site of the source is Craig Rhos-y-Felin, near...

Possible Higgs Boson Sighting Too Be Revealed Next Week
2011-12-08 13:18:18

Scientists will be revealing the outcome next week from their latest results of looking for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). One of the main scientific goals at the particle-accelerating machine at CERN is to prove the existence of the Higgs boson particle, or also known as the "God particle." This theoretical particle is believed to give everything in the universe mass, and scientists have been ramping up research at CERN in hopes of finding it. Professor John...

Sleeping Late Is A Genetic Trait
2011-12-06 05:57:49

Researchers found that sleeping-in when you don´t have to work the next day or not under the influence of sleeping pills is a genetic marker. More than 10,000 people were studied and those with the ABCC9 gene needed around 30 minutes more sleep than those without the gene, reports BBC News. The study participants reported how long they slept and gave a blood sample so their DNA could be analyzed. The study participants were from the Orkney Isles, Croatia, the Netherlands, Italy,...

2011-12-03 08:00:00

Snow Leopard Conservation Project Voted Number One in Competition Hosted by BBC World News and Newsweek (PRWEB) December 03, 2011 A program developed by the Snow Leopard Trust, a Seattle-based conservation organization, has won first place in the World Challenge. The program, called â˜Snow Leopard Enterprises,â was created to protect endangered snow leopards in Mongolia. It was one of 12 projects selected for the global World Challenge competition run by...

Global Health Fund Cutting Grants Until 2014
2011-11-26 05:33:55

Financial woes have forced a UN-backed organization to eliminate research grants to help combat some of the world's deadliest diseases until 2014, and some of the group's current projects could also be in danger, according to various media reports. According to John Heilprin of the Associated Press (AP), the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria made the announcement Thursday, citing worldwide economic woes that originated in the U.S. and Europe. Heilprin...

Pregnant Dolphins Must Overcome More Than Impending Motherhood
2011-11-25 11:50:16

A recent study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, finds that pregnant bottlenose dolphins - especially in the later stages - find their swimming speed almost halved and tail movement restricted, Victoria Gill Science reports for BBC Nature. Originally interested in how baby dolphins learned to swim, lead researcher Shawn Noren, from the Institute of Marine Science at the University of California Santa Cruz, was diving with the animals in Hawaii, and filming their behavior,...

2011-11-24 08:00:00

The Snow Leopard Trust, a Seattle based wildlife conservation organization has reached the finals of the BBC World Challenge. The Snow Leopard Trust and two other finalists received the most votes from worldwide supporters of the 12 organizations selected to compete. By reaching the finals, the Trust will receive a minimum prize of $10,000 for conservation of the endangered snow leopard. The final results will be announced during an event televised by BBC World News on December 3rd. Seattle,...

Word of the Day
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.