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 (24 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 24 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Novel gas sensors for monitoring carbon dioxide
Novel gas sensors for monitoring carbon dioxide — A novel gas sensor system makes it possible to monitor large areas cost-effectively the first time. The patented gas sensor…
Undergraduate student has sweet success with invention of artificial Golgi
Undergraduate student has sweet success with invention of artificial Golgi — An undergraduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has learned very quickly that a spoonful of sugar really does…
Chaiten Volcano one of scores of active volcanoes in region
Chaiten Volcano one of scores of active volcanoes in region — The Chaiten Volcano now erupting in southern Chile is one of 200 to 300 volcanoes in the 'Andean Arc' region of Chile, Peru,…
Asteroid impact triggered a global hail of carbon beads
Asteroid impact triggered a global hail of carbon beads — The asteroid presumed to have wiped out the dinosaurs struck the Earth with such force that carbon deep in the Earth's crust…

Giant panda can survive

— 19:04 GMT | Environment

The giant panda is not at an 'evolutionary dead end' and could have a long term viable future, according to new research involving scientists from Cardiff University. Previous studies have found that the giant panda's isolation, unusual dietary requirements and slow reproductive rates have led to a lack of genetic diversity that will inevitably lead the species to extinction. Now a study by Professor Michael Bruford and Dr Benoit Goossens from the School of Biosciences, in collaboration with Professor Fuwen Wei and colleagues from the Institute of Zoology along with the China West Normal University in Sichuan, has found that the decline of the species can be linked directly to human activities rather than a genetic inability to adapt and evolve…

Explosive crystal

— 19:04 GMT | Chemistry

300 years after its discovery, the crystal structure and molecular structure of mercury fulminate are determined. Known to the alchemists and long used as a detonator to set off dynamite - mercury fulminate has a checkered past. Now, more than 300 years after the discovery of this explosive compound, German researchers have been able to characterise its crystal structure and thus finally reveal the molecular structure of mercury fulminate…

Software coordinates 19 mirrors, focuses James Webb Space Telescope

— 15:16 GMT | Astronomy

Scientists and engineers have created and successfully tested a set of algorithms and software programs which are designed to enable the 19 individual mirrors comprising NASA's powerful James Webb Space Telescope to function as one very sensitive telescope. NASA researchers will present findings on these algorithms and software programs, called the 'Wavefront Sensing and Controls' at the Optics and Photonics meeting of the Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) meeting…

New dolphin tour operator recognised under Dolphin SMART

— 15:16 GMT | Environment

WDCS and its partners, including NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Dolphin Ecology Project, today recognised the second charter operator under a new program designed to protect wild dolphins. Key West's Sunny Days Catamarans officially joined the Dolphin SMART program after successfully meeting standards that promote responsible viewing of wild dolphins…

NASA and Internet Archive team to digitise space imagery

— 15:16 GMT | Astronomy

NASA and Internet Archive of San Francisco are partnering to scan, archive and manage the agency's vast collection of photographs, historic film and video. The imagery will be available through the Internet and free to the public, historians, scholars, students, and researchers…

Emphasis on conifer forests places multiple species at risk

— 15:16 GMT | Environment

The traditional emphasis on dense, fast-growing, conifer-dominated forests in the Pacific Northwest raises questions about the health of dozens of animal species that depend on shrubs, herbs and broad-leaf trees, a new analysis by Oregon State University and the US Geological Survey suggests…

Astronomers find gaping hole in the Universe

— 11:57 GMT | Astronomy

University of Minnesota astronomers have found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies and gas, as well as the mysterious, unseen 'dark matter.' While earlier studies have shown holes, or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this new discovery dwarfs them all. 'Not only has no one ever found a void this big, but we never even expected to find one this size,' said Lawrence Rudnick of the University of Minnesota astronomy professor. Rudnick, along with grad student Shea Brown and associate professor Liliya Williams, also of the University of Minnesota, reported their findings in a paper accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal…

Nanotube formation: researchers learn to control the dimensions of metal oxide nanotubes

— 11:57 GMT | Chemistry

Moving beyond carbon nanotubes, researchers are developing insights into a remarkable class of tubular nanomaterials that can be produced in water with a high degree of control over their diameter and length. Based on metal oxides in combination with silicon and germanium, such single-walled inorganic nanotubes could be useful in a range of nanotechnology applications that require precise control over nanotube dimensions…

Scientists confirm long-held theory about source of sunshine

— 11:57 GMT | Physics

Scientists are a step closer to understanding sunshine. A monumental experiment buried deep beneath the mountains of Italy has provided Princeton physicists with a clearer understanding of the sun's heart - and of a mysterious class of subatomic particles born there. The researchers, working as part of an international collaboration at the underground Gran Sasso National Laboratory near L'Aquila, Italy, have made the first real-time observation of low-energy solar neutrinos, which are fundamental particles created by nuclear reactions that stream in vast numbers from the sun's core…

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