Archive: 12/21/2007

More evidence for new species hidden in plain sight

Two articles published today in the online open access journals BMC Evolutionary Biology and BMC Biology provide further evidence that we have hugely underestimated the number of species with which we share our planet. T ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Hydrogen Storage for Cars?

Hydrogen is the fuel of the future. Unfortunately, one problem remains: Hydrogen is a gas and cannot easily be pumped into a tank like gasoline. Storage in the form of solid hydrides, chemical compounds of hydrogen and a ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Insect gut detects unhealthy meal

Plant leaves and surfaces are teeming with microbial life, yet the insects that feed on plants lack adaptive immune systems to fend off any intruding microorganisms they eat along with their greens. Now research published ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Anatomy of a cosmic bird

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, an international team of astronomers has discovered a stunning rare case of a triple merger of galaxies. This system, which astronomers have dubbed 'The Bird' - albeit it ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Marathons cut risk of fatal vehicle crashes

Organised marathons are not associated with an increased risk of sudden death, despite the media attention they attract. In fact, marathons lower the risk of fatal motor vehicle crashes that might otherwise have taken place ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Predator pressures maintain bees' social life

The complex organisation of some insect societies is thought to have developed to such a level that these animals can no longer survive on their own. Research published in the online open access journal BMC Ev ...

Dec 21, 2007
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How one pest adapted to life in the dark

A type of beetle that lives its entire life burrowing through stored grain has been found to lack full colour vision, and what’s more the vision it does have breaks the rules. Most other insects have trichromatic vision ...

Dec 21, 2007
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Asteroid Threatens to Hit Mars

Astronomers funded by NASA are monitoring the trajectory of an asteroid named 2007 WD5 that is expected to cross the orbital path of Mars early next year. Calculations by NASA's Near-Earth Object Office at the ...

Dec 21, 2007
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