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Science News Archive - May 17, 2006

It has been a tough nine months for Louisiana's alligators, what with two major hurricanes wreaking havoc on their swampy habitat, then scant rainfall to dilute the saltwater that gushed inland.

By Deepa Babington NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp. in a report said it cut oil and other spills by 20 percent last year to the lowest level in its history, touting its environmental record as it works to shake off its corporate villain image.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.