Archive: 10/4/2007

Astronauts to Ride Rails in Emergency

As NASA revamps Launch Complex 39B to host the new Orion spacecraft and Ares I rocket of the Constellation Program, engineers are preparing to install a new kind of departure system to evacuate astronauts.

Oct 04, 2007
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Living fossils have hot sex

University of Utah scientists discovered a strange method of reproduction in primitive plants named cycads: The plants heat up and emit a toxic odor to drive pollen-covered insects out of male cycad cones, ...

Oct 04, 2007
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Hydrothermal vents: Hot spots of microbial diversity

Thousands of new kinds of marine microbes have been discovered at two deep-sea hydrothermal vents off the Oregon coast by scientists at the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) and University of Washington’s Joint Institute ...

Oct 04, 2007
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Salmonid hatcheries cause 'stunning' loss of reproduction

The rearing of steelhead trout in hatcheries causes a dramatic and unexpectedly fast drop in their ability to reproduce in the wild, a new Oregon State University study shows, and raises serious questions about the wisdom ...

Oct 04, 2007
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Agent that triggers immune response in plants is uncovered

Although plants lack humans' T cells and other immune-function cells to signal and fight infection, scientists have known for more than 100 years that plants still somehow signal that they have been attacked in order to trigger ...

Oct 04, 2007
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