Science News Archive - April 24, 2006

The world's first and only cloned dog celebrated its first birthday on Monday, as the leader of the South Korean team that produced the Afghan hound faced a criminal investigation for possible fraud and ethics violations.

By Gilbert Le Gras WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank is urging its steering committee to approve a new breed of loans and grants that would go to developing countries to help them make power generation cleaner and more efficient.

By Patricia Wilson WEST SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - President George W. Bush marked Earth Day on Saturday by promoting technology that could reduce U.S. dependence on oil, while Democrats used a spike in gasoline prices to slam White House energy policy.

Shipbuilders in this small Greek port are struggling with handmade tools and methods used millennia ago to recreate the Argo, the legendary vessel of Jason and the Argonauts.

MADRID (Reuters) - Summer temperatures in Spain already reach 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some parts, but they could rise by another 5 to 7 degrees this century as global warming increases, a climate expert said on Monday.

By Gordon Bell CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Researchers are closing in on a breakthrough microbicide gel to help prevent HIV infection in women, scientists said on Monday, but a lack of funding by major pharmaceutical companies is hampering research.


When 10,000 honeybees fly the coop to hunt for a new home, usually a tree cavity, they have a unique method of deciding which site is right: With great efficiency they narrow down the options and minimize bad decisions.


In their quest to create the super warrior of the future, some military researchers aren't focusing on organs like muscles or hearts. They're looking at tongues.

By Jane Roberts, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn. Apr. 21--Brim's Snack Foods sells more pork rinds and ready-to-eat popcorn in the Mid-South than any other snack company, including industry Goliath Frito-Lay.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia launched an unmanned spaceship on Monday to carry food and equipment to the International Space Station, mission control said.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.