Archive: 10/30/2006

Researchers Discover Evolutionary Oddity in Flamingos

With their spindly legs, long necks and bright plumage, flamingos are a curiosity of nature. Now a new discovery by a team of Ohio University researchers reveals an anatomical oddity that helps flamingos eat: ...

Oct 30, 2006
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Inventor helps grasslands go native

Montana rancher and inventor Lee Arbuckle may soon change the nation's market for native grass seed, a tricky-to-harvest crop worth hundreds of millions and vital to restoring wildlands.

Oct 30, 2006
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Desert dust feeds tropical rainforest

The Amazon rainforest in South America relies on dust transported by winds from the Sahara desert in North Africa to replenish the nutrients and minerals in its soils. For the first time, scientists have proved ...

Oct 30, 2006
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Football referees do favour home teams, study shows

Academics have proved what Premiership football managers have been complaining about for years – that referees are inconsistent and favour home teams. Analysing over 2,500 English Premiership matches, researchers discovered ...

Oct 30, 2006
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Sci-fi Life Support

In Frank Herbert's epic ecological novel Dune (1965), set on the fictitious desert planet Arrakis in another star system, water is so precious that even perspiration and breath moisture are captured and pu ...

Oct 30, 2006
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Ancient Hair-Dyeing – A Nanoscience?

Scientists have discovered that an ancient method used to darken hair, dating back more than 4,000 years, is based on a chemical process that takes place at the nanoscale. This may be one of the earliest examples ...

Oct 30, 2006 feature
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Bats More than Just Another Pretty Face

Most people view bats as disagreeable things that go bump in the night, but there is much more to these small, winged mammals. Earthwatch volunteers from around the world are traveling to Malaysia to explore ...

Oct 30, 2006
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