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 (14 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 14 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet
Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet — The unusual spiral galaxy, Messier 66, is located at a distance of about 35 million light-years in the constellation of Leo.…
Astronomers take close-up pictures of mysterious dark object
Astronomers take close-up pictures of mysterious dark object — For the first time, astronomers have directly observed the mysterious dark companion in a binary star system that has puzzled…
Triton's summer sky of methane and carbon monoxide
Triton's summer sky of methane and carbon monoxide — 'We have found real evidence that the Sun still makes its presence felt on Triton, even from so far away. This icy moon actually…
All for one and one for all
All for one and one for all — There is strength in numbers if you want to get your voice heard. But how to do you get your say if you are in the minority?…

Climate change isolates Rocky Mountain butterflies

— 22:20 GMT | Biology

Expanding forests in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are slowly isolating groups of alpine butterflies from each other, which may lead to the extinction of the colourful insects in some areas, says a new study from the University of Alberta. A rising tree line in the Rockies due to global warming, and a policy not to initiate 'prescribed burns' (intentionally started, controlled fires) in order to manage forest growth, has created the tenuous condition for the alpine butterflies, said Jens Roland, a biological scientist at the University of Alberta…

Which came first, the moth or the cactus?

— 22:20 GMT | Biology

It's not a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket... unless you're a senita moth. Found in the parched Sonoran desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico, the senita moth depends on a single plant species - the senita cactus - both for its food and for a place to lay eggs. The senita cactus is equally dependent upon the moth, the only species that pollinates its flowers. Senita cacti and senita moths have a rare, mutually dependent relationship, one of only three known dependencies in which an insect actively pollinates flowers for the purpose of assuring a food resource for its offspring…

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