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2009-09-11 06:45:00

It was 25 years ago today that British scientist Alec Jeffreys discovered that people have so-called "DNA fingerprints" -- exclusive patterns of genetic material that can uniquely identify them. As with many great discoveries, Jeffreys' realization was an accident. Nevertheless, the discovery has since solved thousands of crimes, split and reunited families and ignited an intense debate about personal privacy rights. But on the silver anniversary of his discovery, Jeffreys, 59, worries that...

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2009-06-30 15:10:00

A new study suggests that a hadrosaur's jaw wasn't hinged in the same way as modern people and animals, answering a question that researchers have long wondered about how these ancient animals handled food. The researchers reported in Tuesday's edition of Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences that the study focused on scratch marks on hadrosaur teeth. "For millions of years, until their extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, duckbilled dinosaurs "” or hadrosaurs "”...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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