Science News Archive - May 17, 2006

Bears are thriving in Arctic forests between Norway and Russia at the northern tip of a planned European "Green Belt" along the route of the former Iron Curtain.

Lava flows and clouds of hot gas spouting from Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano dwindled on Wednesday, enabling evacuees to return to their farms and businesses and children to go back to their schools.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has admitted that measures to tackle "serious" water pollution in the southern booming province of Guangdong are not working, state media reported on Wednesday.


Josef Stalin is creating jobs in the Arctic as Norway seeks to halt a "Red Army" of monster crabs that some experts fear could sweep as far south as the Mediterranean.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China evacuated as many as 320,000 people as the strongest typhoon on record to enter the South China Sea in May bore down on the south coast on Wednesday, causing flight and shipping delays around the region.

By Pierre-Henri Allain BREST, France (Reuters) - The rusting hulk of a decommissioned French warship turned away as an environmental hazard by India three months ago limped home on Wednesday after a costly fiasco that badly embarrassed President Jacques Chirac.

Citrus industry executive Ben King's home in Florida was just 20 miles from where three consecutive hurricanes crisscrossed the southern U.S. state in a six-week span in 2004.


Scientists at NASA are finding that with hurricanes, they can look at the cloud tops for clues about the behavior of winds below the hurricane on the Earth's surface.


Dozens of Pacific-rim nations joined the first widespread test of a tsunami-warning system since killer waves in the Indian Ocean claimed more than 200,000. During the drill, earthquakes continued to shake the geologically unstable region.


The state has allocated $4.9 million to fight invasive species including coqui frogs, the amphibian accused of threatening Hawaii's fragile ecosystem and disrupting the sleep of island residents.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'