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Science News Archive - May 21, 2006

Unruly gangs are raiding the expensive homes that line the spectacular coast of South Africa's Cape Peninsula, clearing out pantries, emptying fridges, and defecating over the designer furnishings.

By The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va. May 21--The Mrs. West Virginia America Pageant System held its 2006 pageant finals Saturday at the Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown. The pageant is for married women of all ages.

Around 100 animal rights campaigners stripped naked in central London on Sunday to protest the use of traditional bearskin hats worn by military guards on ceremonial parade.

By Jeff Mason EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) - While the European Union attempts to form a common energy policy, one subject continues to divide: nuclear power.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viropharma Inc on Sunday said its experimental drug, being developed with Wyeth Inc., cut levels of the hepatitis C virus by up to 97 percent in a small 14-day clinical trial.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital is under attack from twin plagues of termites and moths, newspapers reported on Monday, prompting fears for the city's antiquities and concerns that Beijing's "Green Olympics" could be turned brown.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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