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Science News Archive - April 05, 2006

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Costly and time-consuming efforts to eliminate wolves that prey on sheep, cattle and other domestic animals are ineffective on a long-term, regional scale, according to an examination of wolf control methods in Alberta and several U.S. states by University of Calgary researchers.

By Neil Strassman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Apr. 5--Tom Corbin and Wayne Ogle, who will meet in a Republican primary runoff Tuesday for southeast Tarrant County justice of the peace, have each spent about $25,000 on the race.

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - The New Testament says that Jesus walked on water, but a Florida university professor believes there could be a less miraculous explanation -- he walked on a floating piece of ice.

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The killer whales that chase salmon in this region's inland waters feed almost exclusively on chinook, to the extent that the orca population ebbs and flows right along with that of the West Coast's largest and longest-lived salmon, researchers said Tuesday.

Animal health experts called on Wednesday for new precautions against bird flu because cats, and possibly other mammals, can be infected and could spread the H5N1 virus.

Animal and plant species are dying off rapidly around the world due to climate change, but scientists are struggling to monitor the decline due to a lack of data, top scientists said on Wednesday.

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Fossils of a 375 million year old species of ancient fish found north of the Arctic Circle fill an evolutionary gap in the transition between water and land animals, scientists said on Wednesday.

Long before the invention of electric drills and anaesthesia early humans drilled teeth to treat decay, according to research published on Wednesday.

From ferrets to pigs, dogs to cows, the countless animals who perished in Hurricane Katrina were remembered in a memorial service where Louisiana animal rights activists urged better protection for pets.

Archeologists have discovered a huge 1,500-year-old pre-Hispanic pyramid in a working class district of Mexico City after digging into a hill used every year to depict the crucifixion of Christ.

Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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