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Science News Archive - April 10, 2006

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have discovered an "anti-freeze gene" that allows Antarctic grass to survive at minus 30 Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit), saying it could prevent multi-million-dollar crop losses from frost.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran hopes to put a second satellite into orbit in two years, a senior telecommunications official told the official IRNA news agency on Monday.

By Mark J. Price, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Apr. 10--The horses knew the milk routes just as well as the drivers did. Sometimes even better. In Akron, the clip-clop of hoofs heralded a new day. Horse-drawn wagons rolled through the streets as uniformed men delivered fresh milk to customers.

Tourists once flocked to the surf and wildlife of this tropical town on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, but the filth of a sewage-rich river that oozes through Tarcoles has driven them away.

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Deadly diseases are attacking coral reefs across the Caribbean Sea after a massive surge of coral bleaching last summer, a two-pronged assault that scientists say is one of the worst threats to the region's fragile undersea gardens.

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U.S. states squared off against each other on Monday in a battle to capture jobs and revenue generated by the burgeoning biotechnology industry.

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA plans to send a two-ton probe crashing into a crater on the moon in hopes of discovering if it harbors water that could be used for manned missions, the U.S. space agency said on Monday.

Prehistoric bones believed to belong to ancient sloths have been discovered by construction crews working on the massive Everglades restoration project.

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Wildlife biologists are searching one of the nation's most primitive swamps for the ivory-billed woodpecker, which was believed extinct since 1944 until one was reported in an Arkansas swamp last year.

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While it's said that you can take the boy out of the country but not the country out of the boy, researchers are wondering if they can find a way to at least reduce something closely associated with farm life - the odor from large amounts of livestock manure.

Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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