Top 10 news stories of 2007

Cosmos magazine – SYDNEY: From duck genitals to missing planets these are the Cosmos Online news stories that rocked your world in 2007.BABIES ‘SEE’ LANGUAGES
At just four months, babies can tell the difference between two languages spoken to them using only the expressions on a speaker’s face, according to a new Canadian study.

NANO-LAYERED PLASTIC SHEET IS STRONG AS STEEL
A new transparent, composite plastic as strong as steel and as thin as a sheet of paper has been developed by materials scientists.

SKIM MILK STRAIGHT FROM THE COW
A new breed of cow that produces skim milk naturally – straight from the teat – has been discovered by New Zealand scientists.

EARTH IS SMALLER THAN WE THOUGHT
In this high-tech age, you’d think we’d have the know-how to accurately measure the width of our planet, but researchers now reveal it’s smaller than we thought.

DARK MATTER AND ‘GOD PARTICLE’ WITHIN REACH
The boundaries of knowledge in particle physics look set to be broken soon with scientists around the globe locked in a multi-billion-dollar race to solve two great mysteries.

LIGHT CAN BEND LIQUID
ust the gentle pressure of a beam of light is enough to bend and direct streams of a special liquid, according to a study to be published this week.

DID OUR SOLAR SYSTEM ONCE HAVE ANOTHER PLANET?
The fiery demise of a fifth rocky planet in our Solar System might have led to a flurry of asteroid impacts that pockmarked the Moon and Earth billions of years ago.

MOST BABIES WATCH TV, DESPITE WARNINGS
Most parents let their babies watch television despite warnings that it can negatively affect brain development, according to a new study.

DUCK GENITALS LOCKED IN ARMS RACE
Female ducks have evolved “maze-like” genitals with many twists, pouches and dead ends, in a bid to prevent rape and retain control of who fathers their offspring – while male ducks have evolved equally convoluted penises to keep up.

SELF-SUFFICIENT SPACE HABITAT DESIGNED
Australian-led scientists have designed a new space habitat that might one day allow astronauts on the Moon or Mars to be 90 to 95 per cent self-sufficient.

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