Science News Archive - April 20, 2006


Four giant cooling towers loom over the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, reminders of the fears and hopes surrounding an industry that may help cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil.


Sugar-producing countries are looking to ethanol to breathe new life into the decades-old sugar industry. The fuel, also known as ethyl alcohol, is made from a sugar by-product and then mixed with gasoline to reduce pollution and lower prices.


China, a third of whose landmass is desert, will never completely tame the sandstorms that plague the country every spring due to the sheer size of its sandy regions, officials said on Thursday.

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's carbon dioxide emissions climbed again in 2005 meaning that the country, already the worst performer among rich nations, moved even further away from meeting its Kyoto goals.

By David Ljunggren RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut (Reuters) - Simeonie Amagoalik's anger still burns more than 50 years after he and his family were taken from their homes and dumped on a frozen beach in the wastes of Canada's High Arctic.

Studies show Americans spend more time than ever commuting and for a growing number, getting to work takes more than an hour. 2.8 million people have so-called extreme commutes, topping 90 minutes.

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that they, along with officials from the U.S.

By Kyle Kennedy, The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla. Apr. 19--LAKELAND -- What's better than one share of Publix Super Markets Inc. stock? How about five? Publix shareholders approved a 5-for-1 split of the company's stock Tuesday during their annual meeting in Lakeland.

A volcano in southern Peru spewed a fresh plume of gray smoke high into the sky on Thursday, alarming villagers who have seen their livestock sickened or killed by ash falling on pastureland.

The U.S. Geological Survey on Wednesday released new online maps of the San Francisco Bay area that show the region's geologic history and active earthquake faults.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]