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…
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News | Archive (11 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 11 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Simulation could solve mystery of 'dark matter'
Simulation could solve mystery of 'dark matter' — The search for a mysterious substance which makes up most of the Universe could soon be at an end, according to new research.…
Extreme weather postpones the flowering time of plants
Extreme weather postpones the flowering time of plants — Extreme weather events have a greater effect on flora than previously presumed. A one-month drought postpones the time of…
Seasonal affective disorder may be linked to genetic mutation
Seasonal affective disorder may be linked to genetic mutation — With the days shortening toward winter, many people will begin to experience the winter blahs. For some, the effect can be…
Solar power game-changer: 'Near perfect' absorption of sunlight, from all angles
Solar power game-changer: 'Near perfect' absorption of sunlight, from all angles — No matter which way you look at it, the notion of harvesting energy from the sun to power our homes and businesses is more…

Mars-bound Phoenix adjusts course successfully

— 14:49 GMT | Astronomy

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander today accomplished the first and largest of six course corrections planned during the spacecraft's flight from Earth to Mars. Phoenix left Earth 4 August, bound for a challenging touchdown on 25 May 2008, at a site farther north than any previous Mars landing. It will robotically dig to underground ice and run laboratory tests assessing whether the site could ever have been hospitable to microbial life…

Natural fireworks, courtesy of the Perseid meteor shower

— 14:49 GMT | Astronomy

As the Perseid meteor shower becomes visible in all its glory on 13 August, natural fireworks will fill the sky. Showers of meteors, or 'shooting stars,' appear as bright streaks of light in the sky. The display runs through the night. Dust trails are left behind by every comet as it nears the Sun. As Earth's orbit crosses the dust ejected by the comet Swift-Tuttle, a regular occurrence every August, it provides a fabulous spectacle for viewers on Earth. As the particles enter the atmosphere, they burn up, producing the fireworks. This phenomenon, called the 'Perseid' meteor shower, gets its name from the constellation Perseus, from where the shooting stars seem to come…

Early modern human skull includes surprising Neanderthal feature

— 14:49 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

In 1942, a human braincase was found in Romania during phosphate mining. The skull's geological age has remained uncertain. Now, new radiocarbon analysis appearing in the August issue of Current Anthropology directly dates the skull to approximately 33.000 years ago, placing it in the Upper Palaeolithic. Though this braincase is in many ways similar to other known specimens from the period, the fossil also presents a distinctly Neanderthal feature, ubiquitous among Neanderthals, extremely rare among archaic humans, and unknown among prior modern humans…

European bird conservation works

— 14:49 GMT | Environment

In the first scientific analysis of its kind anywhere in the world, the RSPB has shown that one example of protecting birds at a continental scale has improved the fortunes of the most threatened and vulnerable European species - signalling that conservation works, if it is enshrined in law. In a ground-breaking paper published in Science, the RSPB shows that the Birds Directive - a law protecting birds across the European Union - has successfully protected those species considered to be at most risk and in need of most urgent protection and has made a significant difference in protecting many of Europe's birds from further decline…

What makes Mars magnetic?

— 14:49 GMT | Astronomy

So how have these rocks hung onto their magnetic directions and what do they tell us about Mars? Strangely, the answer to these questions might be sitting here on Earth. Most continental rocks on Earth align their magnetic moments with the current magnetic field - they are said to have 'induced' magnetism. 'I consider induced rocks to have 'Alzheimers.' These are the rocks that forgot where they were born and how to get home,' explains Suzanne McEnroe from the Geological Survey of Norway at a European Science Foundation (ESF), EuroMinScI conference near Nice, France this year…

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