Science News Archive - May 01, 2006


Using the eyes of insects such as dragonflies and houseflies as models, a team of bioengineers at University of California, Berkeley, has created a series of artificial compound eyes.


Max Rothschild has been trying to "build" a better pig for almost 30 years, since he took a job cleaning up after the hogs at his alma mater, the University of California, Davis.

As a New Orleans firefighter, Randy Cookmeyer stayed on the job as Hurricane Katrina slammed the city on August 29. It was four days before he could go home, and by then he had to moor a boat to the rain gutter of his garage to retrieve clothes for his two sons.

By Kerri Ginis, The Fresno Bee, Calif. May 01--Some Fresno County residents are still upset with their garbage service and want to know why officials implemented a program that increased their rates and took away their right to choose a hauler. The county rolled out its recycling program Feb.

A team of government scientists has voted to capture one of a handful of jaguars known to live in the United States, drawing protests from environmental groups.

Like thousands of his fellow farm workers in California's Salinas Valley -- some here legally, but most not -- Martinez stayed home on on Monday as part of a nationwide boycott to demand a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and to protest legislation that could brand them as felons.

By Steve James NEW YORK (Reuters) - The miners' union called on Monday for nationwide testing of emergency breathing equipment after the lone survivor of the Sago mine disaster charged some oxygen-providing devices failed in the underground accident that left 12 men dead.

Passengers on the Greater Portland Transit District's Metro system got to ride for free Monday to celebrate the official arrival of clean-burning buses powered by compressed natural gas.

The greenhouse gases widely blamed for raising the planet's temperature are still building up in the atmosphere.


Greenhouse gases -- the heat-trapping chemicals linked to global warming -- continued to increase steadily in 2005, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on Monday.

Word of the Day
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The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").