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…
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News | Archive (12 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 12 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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NASA Mars rovers near five years of science and discovery
NASA Mars rovers near five years of science and discovery — NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity may still have big achievements ahead as they approach the fifth anniversaries of their…
Physicists at Mainz University generate ultracold neutrons at the TRIGA Reactor
Physicists at Mainz University generate ultracold neutrons at the TRIGA Reactor — For the first time ever, scientists at the TRIGA research reactor of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have determined…
Can Nintendo Wii game consoles improve family fitness?
Can Nintendo Wii game consoles improve family fitness? — Consumer research suggests the Nintendo Wii Fit video game console was among this year's most popular Christmas gifts, but…
What is powering your Christmas lights?
What is powering your Christmas lights? — From Santa's cave to the neon-lit streetscapes of Australian suburbia, the dazzle of Christmas lights heralds the arrival…

New fossils challenge established views on early evolution of our genus Homo

— 23:16 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

Two new fossils, described this week in the journal Nature, cast fresh light on a little understood and important period of human prehistory at the dawn of our own genus, Homo. The new fossils were discovered by the Koobi Fora Research Project, an international group of scientists directed by mother-daughter team Meave and Louise Leakey, and affiliated with the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). Human evolution over the last two million years is often portrayed as a linear succession of three species: Homo habilis to Homo erectus to ourselves, Homo sapiens. Of these, Homo erectus is commonly seen as the first human ancestor which is like us in many respects, but with a smaller brain…

MIT creates 3D images of living cell

— 18:13 GMT | Biology

A new imaging technique developed at MIT has allowed scientists to create the first 3D images of a living cell, using a method similar to the X-ray CT scans doctors use to see inside the body. The technique, described in a paper published in the current online edition of Nature Methods, could be used to produce the most detailed images yet of what goes on inside a living cell without the help of fluorescent markers or other externally added contrast agents, said Michael Feld, director of MIT's George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory and a professor of physics…

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