Science News Archive - April 14, 2006


Researchers have developed a way to convert carbon sources, such as coal, into diesel fuel.

By Joyce Smith, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Apr. 14--For 70 years, when hurried consumers wanted a quick snack, the Bittermans have been there -- you would just never know it.


At every corner, the San Francisco area is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the April 18, 1906, earthquake that marked one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.


Singapore is betting on a clutch of top international scientists to come up with new wonder drugs to combat diseases such as cancer, dengue and disorders including diabetes.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that it reduced its protected habitat designation for the California red-legged frog to about 450,000 acres - down 40 percent from its previous proposal and a number environmentalists decried as far too low.


Oregon wildlife officials are going to start hunting more cougars - at least in areas where high densities of the big cats threaten people and livestock.

Across the U.S. Gulf Coast, 100,000 families that had proper homes last year are living in flimsy travel trailers and mobile homes as this year's hurricane season approaches.

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine wants to restart a $60 million World Bank programme to fight tuberculosis and AIDS suspended by the global lender because the money was misused, Health Minister Yuri Polyachenko said on Friday.


Arctic researchers who discovered a surprising number of abandoned baby walruses say melting sea ice may be the culprit, according to a study in the April issue of Aquatic Mammals.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'