August 2007 (Archive)

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McDonald's recalls Shrek glasses due to potential cadmium risk — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced…
Hogchoker - the new Internet star — A small flatfish living along the coast of North America is the…
Cancer deaths are projected to double by 2030 — Cancer deaths are projected to double in the next two decades.…

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Entangled diamonds vibrate together — Objects big enough for the eye to see have been placed in a weirdly…
How animals predict earthquakes — Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur…
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News | Archive (1 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 1 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Air-filled bones helped prehistoric reptiles take first flight
Air-filled bones helped prehistoric reptiles take first flight — New international research involving the University of Leicester published today sheds new light on how prehistoric reptiles…
Diamond-like films on board NASA satellite
Diamond-like films on board NASA satellite — Diamond-like carbon films created at Sandia National Laboratories are helping probe the far boundaries of the solar system…
Bioremediation to keep atrazine from waterways
Bioremediation to keep atrazine from waterways — Farmers around the world are expected to benefit from the successful trial of an enzyme that breaks down the herbicide, atrazine,…
Nanogenerators produce electricity from running rodents
Nanogenerators produce electricity from running rodents — Could hamsters help solve the world's energy crisis? Probably not, but a hamster wearing a power-generating jacket is doing…

Coelacanth fossil sheds light on fin-to-limb evolution

— 16:39 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

A 400 million-year-old fossil of a coelacanth fin, the first finding of its kind, fills a shrinking evolutionary gap between fins and limbs. University of Chicago scientists describe the finding in a paper highlighted on the cover of the July/August 2007 issue of Evolution and Development. The fossil shows that the ancestral pattern of lobed fins closely resembles the pattern in the fins of primitive living ray-finned fishes, according to the scientists…

Chickadee, nuthatch presence in conifers increases tree growth

— 16:39 GMT | Environment

Chickadees, nuthatches and warblers foraging their way through forests have been shown to spur the growth of pine trees in the West by as much as one-third, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. The study showed birds removed various species of beetles, caterpillars, ants and aphids from tree branches, increasing the vigour of the trees, said study author Kailen Mooney. Mooney, who conducted the study as part of his doctoral research in CU-Boulder's ecology and evolutionary biology department, said it is the first study to demonstrate that birds can affect the growth of conifers…

Circumstellar space: Where chemistry happens for the very first time

— 16:39 GMT | Astronomy

Picture a cool place, teeming with a multitude of hot bodies twirling about in rapidly changing formations of singles and couples, partners and groups, constantly dissolving and reforming. If you were thinking of the dance floor in a modern night club, think again. It's a description of the shells around dying stars, the place where newly formed elements make compounds and life takes off, said Katharina Lodders, PhD, research associate professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St Louis…

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