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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 (17 December 2008)

Archived news stories published on 17 December 2008 [chronologically, reverse order]
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NASA's Kepler mission discovers two planets transiting same star
NASA's Kepler mission discovers two planets transiting same star — NASA's Kepler Mission has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet transiting the same star.…
3-D movies via Internet and satellite
3-D movies via Internet and satellite — Blockbusters like Avatar, UP or Toy Story 3 will bring the 3-D into home living rooms, televisions and computers. There are…
International study shows some asteroids live in own little worlds
International study shows some asteroids live in own little worlds — While the common perception of asteroids is that they are giant rocks lumbering about in orbit, a new study shows they actually…
Tiny, new, pea-sized frog is Old World's smallest
Tiny, new, pea-sized frog is Old World's smallest — The smallest frog in the Old World (Asia, Africa and Europe) and one of the world's tiniest was discovered inside and around…

Water in the early Universe

— 18:00 GMT | Astronomy

A research group led by graduate student Violette Impellizzeri from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy has used the 100 m Effelsberg radio telescope to detect water at the greatest distance from Earth so far. The water vapour was discovered in the quasar MG J0414+0534 at redshift 2.64, which corresponds to a light travel time of 11.1 billion years, a time when the Universe was only a fifth of the age it is today. The water vapour is thought to exist in clouds of dust and gas that feed the supermassive black hole at the centre of the distant quasar…

'More Cavalier' plants could counter effects of climate change

— 11:54 GMT | Biology

A leading UK plant scientist has called for the application of new in-depth data analysis of plants' natural control systems to enable plant breeders to develop varieties that are naturally less conservative…

New York City beaver returns

— 11:34 GMT | Environment

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that New York City's most famous beaver, Jose, has come home for the holidays! After a year-long hiatus, Jose - the first wild beaver to return to New York in at least two centuries - is back at the zoo and has even cut down his own Christmas tree, which he is now using to construct a new lodge on the Bronx River…

Caltech researchers interpret asymmetry in early Universe

— 11:34 GMT | Astronomy

The Big Bang is widely considered to have obliterated any trace of what came before. Now, astrophysicists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) think that their new theoretical interpretation of an imprint from the earliest stages of the Universe may also shed light on what came before…

Planets living on the edge

— 11:34 GMT | Astronomy

Some stars have it tough when it comes to raising planets. A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows one unlucky lot of stars, born into a dangerous neighbourhood. The stars themselves are safe, but the material surrounding them - the dusty bits of what might have been future planets - can be seen blowing off into space…

Study links ecosystem changes in temperate lakes to climate warming

— 11:34 GMT | Environment

Unparalleled warming over the last few decades has triggered widespread ecosystem changes in many temperate North American and Western European lakes, say researchers at Queen's University and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment…

Just a little squeeze lets proteins assess DNA

— 11:34 GMT | Biology

To find its target, all a protein needs to do is give quick squeezes as it moves along the DNA strand, suggests new research from The University of Arizona in Tucson. Scientists had thought DNA-binding proteins primarily used full-body hugs for accurate readings of the information coded in the DNA's sequence…

Biggest breach of Earth's solar storm shield discovered

— 11:34 GMT | Astronomy

Earth's magnetic field, which shields our planet from particles streaming outward from the Sun, often develops two holes that allow the largest leaks, according to researchers sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation…

Tiny magnetic crystals in bacteria are a compass, say Imperial researchers

— 11:34 GMT | Biology

Scientists have shown that tiny crystals found inside bacteria provide a magnetic compass to help them navigate through sediment to find the best food, in research out today…

Engineers helping develop energy-harvesting radios

— 11:34 GMT | Technology

If changing the batteries in the remote control or smoke detector seems like a chore, imagine having to change hundreds of batteries in sensors scattered across a busy bridge…

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