Archive: 03/20/2008

Team Finds Oldest Known Asteroids

Using visible and infrared data collected from telescopes on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, a team of scientists, led by the University of Maryland’s Jessica Sunshine, have identified three asteroids that appear ...

Mar 20, 2008
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Plant gene clusters for natural products

John Innes Centre scientists have found that plants may cluster the genes needed to make defence chemicals. Their findings may provide a way to discover new natural plant products of use as drugs, herbicides ...

Mar 20, 2008
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Chemists find important contributor to smog

Chemists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered that a chemical reaction in the atmosphere above major cities long assumed to be unimportant in urban air pollution is in fact a significant ...

Mar 20, 2008
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Luxim's tiny plasma lightbulb outshines LEDs

A Tic-Tac-sized lightbulb that gives off as much light as a streetlamp may offer a peek at the ultra-efficient lighting of the future. The bulb, developed by Luxim of Sunnyvale, California, uses plasma technology ...

Mar 20, 2008 weblog
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Mantis shrimp vision reveals new way that animals can see

Mantis shrimp can see the world in a way that had never been observed in any animal before, researchers report in the March 20th Current Biology. The discovery—which marks the fourth type of visual system ...

Mar 20, 2008
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Tuatara, the fastest evolving animal

In a study of New Zealand’s “living dinosaur” the tuatara, evolutionary biologist, and ancient DNA expert, Professor David Lambert and his team from the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution recovered ...

Mar 20, 2008
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