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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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News | Archive (22 September 2010)

Archived news stories published on 22 September 2010 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Astronomers dissect a supermassive black hole with natural magnifying glasses
Astronomers dissect a supermassive black hole with natural magnifying glasses — The team of astronomers from Europe and the US studied the 'Einstein Cross,' a famous cosmic mirage. This cross-shaped configuration…
Drama in the heart of the Tarantula
Drama in the heart of the Tarantula — Found in the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud, 30 Doradus is one of the largest massive star forming regions close to the Milky…
Important role of groundwater springs in shaping Mars
Important role of groundwater springs in shaping Mars — Data and images from Mars Express suggest that several Light Toned Deposits, some of the least understood features on Mars,…
Astronomers find the two dimmest stellar bulbs
Astronomers find the two dimmest stellar bulbs — It's a tie! The new record-holder for dimmest known star-like object in the universe goes to twin 'failed' stars, or brown…

Peculiar phenomena during northern spring on Mars

— 18:36 GMT | Astronomy

Scientists may have solved the mystery of the carbon dioxide ice disappearance early in the Northern Martian springs followed later by its sudden reappearance, revealing a very active water cycle on the planet. Dr Bernard Schmitt and Mr. Thomas Appere will report their results about water ice mobility during Martian Year 28, at the European Planetary Science Congress in Rome from Wednesday 22d to Friday 24th September…

An elegant galaxy in an unusual light

— 18:33 GMT | Astronomy

NGC 1365 is one of the best known and most studied barred spiral galaxies and is sometimes nicknamed the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy because of its strikingly perfect form, with the straight bar and two very prominent outer spiral arms. Closer to the centre there is also a second spiral structure and the whole galaxy is laced with delicate dust lanes…

Researchers crack cuckoo egg mystery

— 18:30 GMT | Biology

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have discovered that cuckoo eggs are internally incubated by the female bird for up to 24 hours before birth, solving for the first time the mystery as to how a cuckoo chick is able to hatch in advance of a host's eggs and brutally evict them…

Putting on the pounds after weight loss? Hit the gym to maintain health gains

— 18:27 GMT | Health

Although obesity is a major risk factor for disease, much of the threat may be associated with the metabolic (or cardiometabolic) syndrome, a cluster of risk factors related to diabetes and heart disease. Losing weight can improve health and reduce many of these risk factors. However, many people struggle to keep the weight off long-term. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that people who perform resistance training while regaining weight can help maintain strides in reducing their risks for chronic disease…

New drug could help stop the spread of disease during cough: U of A research

— 18:24 GMT | Health

What if there was a drug that could completely eliminate airborne disease transmission that occurs when someone coughs? Researchers at the University of Alberta believe they have found a way to achieve this…

Smoking during pregnancy may harm the child's motor control and coordination

— 18:21 GMT | Health

Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of adversely affecting their children's coordination and physical control according to a new study from Oerebro University, Sweden, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health…

Young teens who play sports feel healthier and happier about life

— 18:18 GMT | Health

Taking part in sports is good all round for young teens: physically, socially, and mentally, according to a new study by Dr Keith Zullig and Rebecca White from West Virginia University in the US. Their research shows that middle-school teenagers who are physically active and play on sports teams are more satisfied with their life and feel healthier. Zullig and White's paper is published online in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life…

Brazil's threatened Cerrado gets a protection plan

— 18:15 GMT | Environment

The Brazilian government last week announced a new plan to protect the Cerrado, a massive expanse of biologically diverse savannah that is under huge pressure from encroaching development…

Cruise ships continue to foul the Baltic Sea

— 18:12 GMT | Environment

Waste water released from cruise ships and other vessels discharge hundreds of tons of nitrogen and phosphorus into the Baltic each year, contributing to large-scale toxic algae blooms and a reduction of water quality…

Building language skills more critical for boys than girls

— 18:09 GMT | Health

Developing language skills appears to be more important for boys than girls in helping them to develop self-control and, ultimately, succeed in school, according to a study led by a Michigan State University researcher…

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