Science News Archive - May 25, 2006

Kashmiri villager Jamal Din Chaudry lost his dairy cow and his bullocks in last year's earthquake, and now can only count his blessings as he prepares to sow maize on the terraced mountainside.

The use of crops to generate electricity is touted by some experts as one of the best ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, blamed by many scientists for global warming.

By Mica Rosenberg CRUCE A LA COLORADA, Guatemala (Reuters) - The ancient Mayans abandoned their monumental cities in Central America's jungles over a thousand years ago, and many blame their civilization's collapse on massive deforestation.


A new study now offers evidence that continents sometimes break along preexisting lines of weakness created when small chunks of land attach to a larger continent.


A small pocket of land on the banks of the Los Angeles River is working overtime, providing both recreational space to a crowded urban area and acting as a filter for garbage that would otherwise end up in the water.


A blob-like creature is invading Long Island Sound and posing a threat to its lobsters and other shellfish, University of Connecticut scientists say.


In a low-stakes mule race in a remote corner of the West, nature versus nurture will be put to the test as two of the horse family's earliest clones challenge naturally bred runners next month in Nevada.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India, which allowed commercial cultivation of transgenic cotton in 2002, has approved the release of new gene cotton hybrid varieties and large-scale trial of other varieties, a government statement said on Thursday.

By Gerard Wynn BONN (Reuters) - A lack of funding could stall a key plank in the Kyoto Protocol helping Western countries to meet their greenhouse gas emission targets, UN officials overseeing the process said on Thursday.

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers who picked up and analyzed wild chimp droppings said on Thursday they had shown how the AIDS virus originated in wild apes in Cameroon and then spread in humans across Africa and eventually the world.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).