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 (26 August 2007)

Archived news stories published on 26 August 2007 [chronologically, reverse order]
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Circumstellar dust takes flight in The Moth
Circumstellar dust takes flight in The Moth — What superficially resembles a giant moth floating in space is giving astronomers new insight into the formation and evolution…
Pathogenicity of Toxoplasma gondii under control of a plant hormone
Pathogenicity of Toxoplasma gondii under control of a plant hormone — As diseases caused by tropical parasites become more resistant to drugs, new treatments are urgently being sought. A paper…
New X-ray source in nearby galaxy Centaurus A spawns mystery
New X-ray source in nearby galaxy Centaurus A spawns mystery — Astronomers studying a nearby galaxy have spied a rare type of star system - one that contains a black hole that suddenly…
Cornell patents a pink lily look-alike that blooms all summer
Cornell patents a pink lily look-alike that blooms all summer — Mauve Majesty is one cool lily look-alike. This new pinkish-purple ornamental flower, just patented by Cornell, can last…

Total lunar eclipse on Tuesday, but not visible in Europe or Africa

— 17:33 GMT | Astronomy

If the weather is clear on Tuesday (28 August) prepare yourself for one of the most spectacular cosmic events visible from the Earth - a total lunar eclipse. It will be visible in the Pacific basin, from East Asia and Australia to the west coast of North America, but not in Europe or Africa…

Female rhesus monkeys use baby talk to interact with infants

— 15:32 GMT | Biology

Female rhesus monkeys use special vocalisations while interacting with infants, the way human adults use motherese, or 'baby talk,' to engage babies' attention, new research at the University of Chicago shows. 'Motherese is a high pitched and musical form of speech, which may be biological in origin,' said Dario Maestripieri, Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development at the University. The acoustic structure of particular monkey vocalisations called girneys may be adaptively designed to attract young infants and engage their attention, similar to how the acoustic structure of human motherese, or baby talk, allows adults to visually or socially engage with infants…

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