Science News Archive - April 16, 2006

By Sammy Fretwell, The State, Columbia, S.C. Apr. 16--Swarming flies disrupted a funeral service Minnie Owens attended one day at her community church near Westminster. She thinks the nasty bugs came from a mega-chicken farm that opened down the road several years ago.

The Danube threatened to spill over soaked anti-flood defenses in Serbia's capital and wash through towns across southeastern Europe on Sunday after heavy rains helped push it to its highest levels in a century.

By Virginia De Leon, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Apr. 16--In the silence of the sanctuary, four nuns fall to their knees in prayer. "Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go," they beseech before a simple altar.

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'