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Science News Archive - May 18, 2006

Ignoring warnings a major eruption could come at anytime, Indonesian villagers were back in their homes on the slopes of the simmering Mount Merapi volcano on Thursday.

By Lindsay Beck YICHANG, China (Reuters) - China's Three Gorges dam draws a step nearer to completion with the pouring of the last concrete on Saturday, but debate rages over the environmental and social consequences of the world's largest hydropower project.

Opening a bridge construction yard on what turned out to be an ancient Indian village and burial ground was "a very expensive misadventure" that the state can learn from, according to an internal report on the blunder.

Photographer Joan Myers spent months exploring Antarctica and recording its stark beauty. An exhibit of her photos opens Thursday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

By Russell, Cristel Antonia; Stern, Barbara B ABSTRACT: This study examines the influence of product placements in television serial comedies on consumer attitudes toward the products.

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker in the swamps of Arkansas has ended for the season with no confirmed sighting, wildlife experts said on Thursday, but they plan to start looking again in late autumn.

By FAYE FLAM, KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS Evolution may have made strange bedfellows several million years ago, according to scientists from MIT and Harvard, who say they've found possible evidence of interspecies sex while comparing chimp, gorilla and human DNA.

Al Gore brushes aside talk of another run for the U.S. presidency and wages a new campaign to protect the Earth that he says must be won.

(Please read in dateline ... May 18 ... instead of ... May 19 ...) A corrected story follows.

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent W

Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.