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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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…
How animals predict earthquakes — Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur…
New Icelandic volcano eruption could have global impact — Hundreds of metres under one of Iceland's largest glaciers there…

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News | Archive (7 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 7 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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RNA offers a safer way to reprogram cells
RNA offers a safer way to reprogram cells — In recent years, scientists have shown that they can reprogram human skin cells to an immature state that allows the cells…
Stars just got bigger
Stars just got bigger — A team of astronomers led by Paul Crowther, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield, has used ESO's Very…
Caltech team finds evidence of water in moon minerals
Caltech team finds evidence of water in moon minerals — That dry, dusty moon overhead? Seems it isn't quite as dry as it's long been thought to be. Although you won't find oceans,…
Cassini sees moon building giant snowballs in Saturn ring
Cassini sees moon building giant snowballs in Saturn ring — While orbiting Saturn for the last six years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has kept a close eye on the collisions and disturbances…

An expedition uncovers unique forests

— 20:31 GMT | Biology

An expedition led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to a remote corner of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered unique forests which, so far, have been found to contain six animal species new to science: a bat, a rodent, two shrews, and two frogs. The forested region - including the Misotshi-Kabogo Forest (formerly Mt Kabobo) - and nearby Marunga Massif is located just west of Lake Tanganyika and has been off limits to scientists since 1960 as a result of continued instability in the area…

The life of elephant seals not secret anymore

— 15:29 GMT | Biology

Miniature oceanographic sensors attached to southern elephant seals have provided scientists with an unprecedented peek into the secret lives of seals. The measurements reveal in detail where the seals go on their winter feeding trips, where they find food and where they don't, and help explain why some populations have remained stable since 1950 while others have declined. The results are the subject of a paper published today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA…

Researchers discover some of the oldest forms of life

— 15:29 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

University of Queensland researchers have identified microbial remains in some of the oldest preserved organic matter on Earth, confirmed to be 3.5 billion years-old. The UQ team, led by School of Physical Sciences scientists Dr Miryam Glikson and Associate Professor Sue Golding as well as Associate Professor Lindsay Sly from the School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, are the first to conclusively confirm the nature and source of the organic material…

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