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2009-11-23 10:15:31

Over one hundred Antarctic icebergs are moving towards New Zealand in an extraordinary happening that has raised a shipping warning, officials announced Monday. An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist stated that the bergs, pinpointed by satellites, have floated past the Auckland Islands, and are 280 miles northeast of the Island. Scientist Neal Young noted that the icebergs, including some that are 650 feet in width, were in a large group, which implies that there could be more. The...

2009-11-17 16:57:05

Consumers will work harder on a task if they're expecting to have to do something difficult at a later time, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. In today's fast-paced world, consumers frequently undertake unrelated tasks in a sequence. An individual might make a grocery list, decide whether to take out a home improvement loan, search the Internet for a vacation spot, and choose a dinner location"”all before preparing lunch. "It seems reasonable to expect that...

2009-11-16 13:57:37

One in four Australian adults has taken an action that puts their health at risk as a result of the global financial crisis (GFC), according to a new MBF Healthwatch poll. The results show that lack of job security was particularly hard on families, with almost one in five parents turning up to work ill and close to one in 10 parents sending sick children to school. Dr Christine Bennett, Chief Medical Officer of Bupa Australia* warns that short-term, risky health actions taken by individuals...

2009-11-13 12:40:00

A new UN report claims that by investing billions into saving biodiversity and ecosystems, groups could stand to earn trillions. The report showed that world leaders must come together to ensure the safety of threatened species and ecosystems, or they will have to pay the price later. "Recognizing and rewarding the value delivered to society by the natural environment must become a policy priority," said Pavan Sukhdev, lead author of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) paper...

2009-11-05 10:33:40

Malaysia's deputy premier has revealed plans to increase the population of the rare Malayan Tiger by supervising and protecting the wild cat in its natural environment. Muhyiddin Yassin said the government's recently established biodiversity council had accepted the National Tiger Action Plan in an attempt to boost the diminishing numbers. They want to increase the Malayan tiger populace "to 1,000 by 2020 in their natural habitat," he announced to state media Bernama on Wednesday. "We will...

2009-11-04 14:49:11

Study reveals consumer values influencing floral purchases Florists and other retailers who sell flowers and plants can now add another tool to their marketing kit. A recent study of "consumption values" may help them understand what influences consumers' choices in regard to floral purchases, and how to better design marketing efforts and purchase stock that can increase customers and sales. Li-Chun Huang from National Taiwan University and Tzu-Fang Yeh from Da-Yeh University headed a...

2009-10-14 08:28:12

Millions of Internet users have been enjoying the fun -- and free -- services provided by advertiser-supported online social networks like Facebook. But Landon Cox, a Duke University assistant professor of computer science, worries about the possible down side -- privacy problems. When people post pictures or political opinions to share with their friends, they're actually turning them over to the owners of the network as well. "My concern is that they're under the control of a central...

2009-10-05 06:10:00

As scientists work toward making genetically altered bacteria create living "circuits" to produce a myriad of useful proteins and chemicals, they have logically assumed that the single-celled organisms would always respond to an external command in the same way. Alas, some bacteria apparently have an individualistic streak that makes them zig when the others zag. A new set of experiments by Duke University bioengineers has uncovered the existence of "bistability," in which an individual cell...

2009-10-04 11:40:00

A Tyrannosaurus rex is still searching for a home after the minimum price at a Las Vegas auction on the artifact was not met on Saturday. Auction house Bonhams & Butterfields is talking with several groups and individuals, and Tom Lindgren, the natural history manager, is certain that a sale will be occur soon. Hopes were that the T-Rex, named "Samson," would go for over 6 million. However, the highest bid at the auction was only $3.7 million. Lindgren told the Associated Press that the...

2009-09-25 05:49:58

Findings show that structure is the same throughout bacterial kingdom, and may provide insight into more complex signaling pathways Using state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques, a team led by researchers from Caltech has for the first time visualized and described the precise arrangement of chemoreceptors"”the receptors that sense and respond to chemical stimuli"”in bacteria. In addition, they have found that this specific architecture is the same throughout a wide...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.