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Science News Archive - May 17, 2006

A 12,000-pound truck lumbering above the New Madrid fault zone in eastern Arkansas is helping geophysicists explore the potential danger of another major earthquake in the United States.

By Pete Zimowsky, The Idaho Statesman, Boise May 17--Almost 800 crappie were transported from Oregon's Owyhee Reservoir to Idaho's Paddock Reservoir on Saturday to restore Paddock's crappie population.

Archeologists probing Peru's lifeless northern desert discovered a 1,500-year-old mummy that may unlock secrets of the Moche, one of the mysterious civilizations that once ruled the Andean nation.

LONDON (Reuters) - It could be mistaken for meaningless jabbering or sound effects from an action comic strip but the "pyow hack hack pyow hack hack" noises of some African monkeys are a signal it is time to leave.

Scientists have reached a landmark point in one of the world's most important scientific projects by sequencing the last chromosome in the Human Genome, the so-called "book of life."

By Daria Sito-Sucic VISOKO, Bosnia (Reuters) - An Egyptian geologist said on Wednesday that a hill in central Bosnia appeared to be a primitive man-made pyramid of uncertain age.

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Americans recycled slightly more of their aluminum beverage cans last year than in 2004, according to data released on Wednesday by aluminum industry groups.

The U.S. Navy blasted holes in the retired U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany off Florida's coast on Wednesday and sent the warship to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico as the world's largest intentionally created artificial reef.

By Chris Dumond, The Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio May 17--FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Shoppers looking to supersize their experience here will get 72,000 more square feet of room at Wal-Mart this morning.

LONDON (Reuters) - Humans' evolutionary split from their closest relatives, chimpanzees, may have been more complicated, taken longer and probably occurred more recently than previously thought, scientists said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.