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Science News Archive - May 02, 2006

Glaciers covering China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau are shrinking by 7 percent a year due to global warming and the environmental consequences may be dire, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Glaciers covering China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau are shrinking by 7 percent a year due to global warming and the environmental consequences may be dire, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

By Pehlivanoglu-Mantas, Elif; Sedlak, David L Wastewater-derived dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) accounts for up to 80% of dissolved nitrogen in nitrified-denitrified effluent.

On a deserted green hill above the Aegean Sea, archeologists have unearthed what may be the palace of Ajax, one of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology.

Zanzibar has sent to Sweden samples from more than 600 dolphins that mysteriously died off the Indian Ocean archipelago, a researcher said on Tuesday.

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Seven months after an unmanned Volkswagen successfully drove itself over the rugged desert, the Pentagon is sponsoring another challenge for self-driving vehicles that can weave through congested city traffic without causing an accident.

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans' Superdome and convention center, where scenes of despair, anger and death shocked the world after Hurricane Katrina, will not be shelters of last resort in Mayor Ray Nagin's new storm evacuation plan.

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A chemical widely used to make soap "antiseptic" survives sewage treatment and is being spread onto farmland and released into water, with unknown effects, researchers reported on Tuesday.

For anyone trying to pick the perfect single malt whisky, these are the 12 "cardinal flavors" identified by a Scottish academic to tickle the tastebuds of connoisseurs around the world.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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