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Science News Archive - April 25, 2006

The return of warmer weather to the northern hemisphere is unlikely to bring a let-up in the deadly H5N1 virus because it is already endemic in poultry flocks in several parts of Asia, experts say.

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Black holes turn out to be "green." These monstrous matter-sucking drains in space are the most fuel-efficient engines in the universe, researchers said on Monday.

Panama unveiled an ambitious $5.25 billion plan on Monday to expand its famous canal to handle a new generation of mammoth cargo ships and oil tankers.

The record Atlantic hurricane season last year can be attributed to global warming, several top experts, including a leading U.S. government storm researcher, said on Monday.

Java's towering Mount Merapi spews smoke, officials urge villagers to flee, but it is to animals on the slopes of the rumbling volcano that aged food kiosk owner Mrs. Atmorejo looks for a final warning of disaster.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is planning a nautical survey near islands at the center of a territorial fight with Japan, an official said on Tuesday, adding the survey had been scheduled before a recent flare-up over the outcrops.

A Mennonite farmer watches a black plume of smoke spew from an oil well near his house in western Belize, the only visible sign that this tiny Central American nation is the world's newest oil producer.

The global area planted to genetically modified crops, nearly four times the size of the United Kingdom last year, is likely to show double-digit growth again this year, an expert on GMO crops said on Tuesday.

(Corrects to delete reference in first paragraph to giant cube. Corrected repetition follows.) By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - Adrian Baltanas's job is to find 850 cubic hectometres of clean water -- and he has four years to do it.

By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - Adrian Baltanas's job is to find 850 cubic hectometres of clean water -- and he has four years to do it.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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