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Science News Archive - May 24, 2006

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has banned the production and sale of an anti-inflammatory drug used in cattle that is poisoning the country's vultures one step up the food chain.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese academics hope the opening on Wednesday of a U.S. National Science Foundation office in Beijing could increase scientific integrity at a time its research community has been marred by scandal.

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Beach sand can be teeming with bacteria even when the ocean water is clean, according to a study released on Tuesday.

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Lake Qinghai, holy to ethnic Tibetans such as Longben, is shrinking, hit by declining rainfall and desertification partly caused by overgrazing. Some also blame global warming.

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When it comes to staying healthy, lobsters could teach humans a thing or two.

New Orleans, still down and out from last year's assault by Hurricane Katrina, is the U.S. city most likely to be struck by hurricane force winds during the 2006 storm season, a researcher said on Wednesday.

By Bob Downing, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio May 24--UNIONTOWN -- A grass-roots group, still troubled by the possibility of man-made radiation in a now-closed toxic waste dump, wants two federal agencies to get involved. The Concerned Citizens of Lake Township is urging the U.S.

President George W. Bush promoted greater use of nuclear power on Wednesday as a way to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming and said the United States must diversify its energy sources.

Torrential rains caused flash floods that wrecked dwellings and killed at least three people in Havana, officials said on Wednesday. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in just two hours on Tuesday night, flooding tunnels and paralyzing traffic in the city of 2.5 million residents.

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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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