Science News Archive - April 27, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have seized hundreds of bear paws and dead pangolins that smugglers had injected with tranquillisers, the online edition of the official Yunnan Daily said on Thursday.

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - There is no immediate need to raise the alert status for Indonesia's volatile Mount Merapi, despite magma moving higher inside the volcano, a leading vulcanologist said on Thursday.

By Nigel Hunt LONDON (Reuters) - Britain announced measures to promote the production of electricity and heat from biomass on Thursday, including a capital grant scheme for "green" boilers and continuing support for energy crops.

By The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Apr. 27--Dollar Tree customers who pick up a dozen eggs, a package of hot dogs or a TV dinner have helped produce a notable boost in sales for the all-for-$1 retailer. In stores where Dollar Tree Stores Inc.

The remains of a centuries-old temple, along with thousands of historical artifacts, have been uncovered in and around the Lao capital during excavations for the upgrade of a major road, a newspaper said Wednesday.

Somewhere in the mountains and forests of the French Pyrenees, to sheep farmers' chagrin, a little bear far from home is getting used to new surroundings.

U.S. residents can breathe a bit easier than they did a decade ago, as the number of days that air quality was deemed unhealthy has fallen, according to a report by the American Lung Association on Thursday.

Humans and big beasts have lived side by side in Africa since the dawn of our species but rapid population growth is now stoking friction with dangerous animals, experts say.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - They may be light years away from fulfilling their dream, but Mexican lawmakers are preparing to launch a national space agency they hope could one day stand tall beside the United States' NASA.


The timing of the harvest can determine whether peanut butter is a "roasted peanutty" treat for the taste buds, or a pain in the palate with flavors that can range from paint to cardboard, according to a new research study.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.