September 2010 (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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Wasps clock faces like humans — Face recognition in golden paper wasps may be an adaptation to…
Entangled diamonds vibrate together — Objects big enough for the eye to see have been placed in a weirdly…
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News | Archive (4 September 2010)

Archived news stories published on 4 September 2010 [chronologically, reverse order]
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STS-125 astronauts all on board
STS-125 astronauts all on board — At NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the STS-125 astronauts are all on board space shuttle Atlantis and their communications…
Hubble photographs a planetary nebula to commemorate decommissioning of super camera
Hubble photographs a planetary nebula to commemorate decommissioning of super camera — The Hubble community bids farewell to the soon-to-be decommissioned Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 onboard NASA's Hubble…
Herschel Space Observatory to lift off on 14 May
Herschel Space Observatory to lift off on 14 May — The evolution of galaxies in the early Universe is increasingly studied in the infrared. In the near-infrared, scientists…
The day the Universe froze
The day the Universe froze — Imagine a time when the entire Universe froze. According to a new model for dark energy, that is essentially what happened…

Americans struggle with long-term weight loss

— 11:12 GMT | Health

Only about one in every six Americans who have ever been overweight or obese loses weight and maintains that loss, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers…

NASA imagery reveals a weaker, stretched out Fiona

— 11:09 GMT | Environment

NASA satellite data has noticed that Tropical Storm Fiona is getting 'longer.' That is, the storm is elongating in almost a north-south direction, indicating that she's weakening and may not make it through the weekend. Meanwhile, forecasters are watching two other areas for development in the eastern Atlantic this weekend…

Sustainable farming options snap open for bivalves

— 11:06 GMT | Environment

Two sets of global standards - one for pangasius farming and the other for bivalve farming - were finalised today by the Aquaculture Dialogues…

Induced pluripotent stem cell retain an inactivated X chromosome

— 11:03 GMT | Health

Female induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, reprogrammed from human skin cells into cells that have the embryonic-like potential to become any cell in the body, retain an inactive X chromosome, stem cell researchers at UCLA have found…

Big dry and legal doubts fuel progress to new forest burn boom in Brazil

— 11:00 GMT | Environment

High temperatures, low humidity and uncertainty over the future of forest laws are fuelling a boost in forest fires over much of Brazil…

Death of the 'doughnut'

— 10:57 GMT | Environment

Something has been eating Charlie Kerfoot's doughnut, and all fingers point to a European mollusc about the size of a fat lima bean…

MIT moves toward greener chemistry

— 10:54 GMT | Chemistry

Phosphorus, a mineral element found in rocks and bone, is a critical ingredient in fertilisers, pesticides, detergents and other industrial and household chemicals. Once phosphorus is mined from rocks, getting it into these products is hazardous and expensive, and chemists have been trying to streamline the process for decades…

Transition metal catalysts could be key to origin of life, scientists report

— 10:51 GMT | Biology

One of the big, unsolved problems in explaining how life arose on Earth is a chicken-and-egg paradox: How could the basic biochemicals - such as amino acids and nucleotides - have arisen before the biological catalysts (proteins or ribozymes) existed to carry out their formation?…

Verbal snippets offer insights on well-being amid separation, divorce

— 10:48 GMT | Health

A new study from the University of Arizona shows that people in the midst of a divorce typically reveal how they are handling things - not so much by what they say but how they say it…

Tropical forests slashed for farmland

— 10:45 GMT | Environment

Global agricultural expansion cut a wide swath through tropical forests during the 1980s and 1990s. Over half a million square miles of new farmland - an area roughly the size of Alaska - was created in the developing world between 1980 and 2000, of which over 80 percent was carved out of tropical forests, according to Stanford researcher Holly Gibbs…

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