Archive: 12/11/2008

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 Way. Enormous stars in 30 Doradus, also known as the Tarantula Nebula, are producing ...

Dec 11, 2008
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Researcher nabs 'doubly magic' tin isotope

(PhysOrg.com) -- With help from newly developed equipment designed and built at Michigan State University, MSU researchers have been able to make first-of-its-kind measurements of several rare nuclei, one ...

Dec 11, 2008
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Missing: 2,000 elephants

Elephants in Zakouma National Park, the last stronghold for the savanna elephants of Central Africa's Sahel region, now hover at about 1,000 animals, down from an estimated 3,000 in 2006. Ivory poachers using automatic weapons ...

Dec 11, 2008
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Smithsonian scientists rearrange Hawaii's bird family tree

A group of five endemic and recently extinct Hawaiian songbird species were historically classified as "honeyeaters" due to striking similarities to birds of the same name in Australia and neighboring islands ...

Dec 11, 2008
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New cause of heart arrhythmia found

A new study shows that atrial fibrillation--the most common form of sustained heart arrhythmia--can be caused in an unexpected way. Researchers report in the December 12th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication, the fi ...

Dec 11, 2008
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Hawaiian honeyeaters' long-lost relatives found

Despite appearances, Hawaii's five species of recently extinct songbirds known as honeyeaters bore no close relationship at all to the honeyeaters found in Australia and New Guinea, according to a genetic analysis reported ...

Dec 11, 2008
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Climate change effects on imperiled Sierra frog examined

Climate change can have significant impacts on high-elevation lakes and imperiled Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frogs that depend upon them, according to U.S. Forest Service and University of California, Berkeley, scientists.

Dec 11, 2008
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New theory may help design tomorrow's sustainable polymer

Tomorrow's specialty plastics may be produced more precisely and cheaply thanks to the apparently tight merger of a theory by a University of Oregon chemist and years of unexplained data from real world experiments involving ...

Dec 11, 2008
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