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2010-05-20 13:52:34

Sir Isaac Newton is getting the royal treatment in space after a British-born astronaut carried a picture of the 17th century scientist and a chip from his famous apple tree up with him to space. Piers Sellers, who boarded space shuttle Atlantis for its final flight, said Thursday that he placed Newton's picture in the glassed-in dome of the International Space Station.  "Sir Isaac absolutely loved it, I've got to tell you," Sellers said in an interview with The Associated Press (AP)....

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2010-05-08 06:35:00

The famous apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton to discover the laws of gravity is about to embark on a journey that would surely have turned Newton's world upside-down, according to the Associated Press (AP). When the space shuttle Atlantis lifts off next week, it will carry a 4-inch sliver of the tree from which an apple fell almost 350 years ago. Piers Sellers, a British-born astronaut, is flying the slice of tree for The Royal Society of London. "I'll take it up into orbit and let...

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2010-03-11 14:47:10

In most animal species, males and females show obvious differences in body size. But how can this be, given that both sexes share the same genes governing their growth? University of Arizona entomologists studied this conundrum in moths and found clues that had been overlooked by previous efforts to explain this mystery of nature. Take a look around in the animal world and you will find that, in most organisms, individuals of one sex are larger than the other of the species. Even though...

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2009-05-28 07:27:17

Canaries that hear poor songs as juveniles nevertheless sing rather normal songs as adults Many songbirds learn their songs early in life from a role model. In the absence of an appropriate tutor, they develop an improvised song that often lacks the species-typical song structure. However, male canaries even learn to sing normal songs when they were exposed as juveniles to tutors that lacked the features of normal canary song, as researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology have...


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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.