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…
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News | Archive (20 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 20 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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White-handed gibbons extinct in China's Yunnan province
White-handed gibbons extinct in China's Yunnan province — China's fauna exhibits a unique diversity of apes. Unfortunately, the apes are more strongly endangered by extinction in…
New observations indicate interior of Mars Is colder
New observations indicate interior of Mars Is colder — New observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate that the crust and upper mantle of Mars are stiffer and…
New research examines the excessive reactive nitrogen entering the environment
New research examines the excessive reactive nitrogen entering the environment — While human-caused global climate change has long been a concern for environmental scientists and is a well-known public…
Palaeontologists discover parrot fossil in Scandinavia
Palaeontologists discover parrot fossil in Scandinavia — Palaeontologists have discovered fossil remains in Scandinavia of parrots dating back 55 million years. Reported today in…

Possible closest neutron star to Earth found

— 16:32 GMT | Astronomy

Using NASA's Swift satellite, McGill University and Penn State University astronomers have identified an object that is likely one of the closest neutron stars to Earth - and possibly the closest. The object, located in the constellation Ursa Minor, is nicknamed Calvera, after the villain in the movie 'The Magnificent Seven.' If confirmed, it would be only the eighth known 'isolated neutron star' - meaning a neutron star that does not have an associated supernova remnant, binary companion, or radio pulsations. 'The seven previously known isolated neutron stars are known collectively as 'The Magnificent Seven' within the community and so the name Calvera is a bit of an inside joke on our part,' says co-discoverer Derek Fox of Penn State. A paper describing the research will be published in the Astrophysical Journal…

Geologists search for prehistoric high

— 16:32 GMT | Geology and palaeontology

Not all areas of the Tibetan Plateau rose at the same time, according to researchers who are determining the past elevation of plateau locations by studying the remains of terrestrial plants that once grew there. 'The Tibetan Plateau is responsible for the monsoons in India,' says Dr Pratigya J. Polissar, postdoctoral fellow in geosciences, Penn State. 'People have documented ecological changes around the edge of the plateau that may indicate when it was high, but we do not really know when the plateau rose and so we do not know when the monsoon circulation began…

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