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Science News Archive - May 31, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing, suffering its worst drought in 50 years, will face a severe water shortage during the 2008 Olympics if current trends prevail, a Chinese newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Testosterone may help some songbirds "live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse," as the adage goes.

By Toshi Maeda TOKYO (Reuters) - The Mona Lisa's smile may always remain a mystery, but it is now possible to hear what her voice would have sounded like, thanks to a Japanese acoustics expert.

By Toshi Maeda TOKYO (Reuters) - The Mona Lisa's smile may always remain a mystery, but it is now possible to hear what her voice would have sounded like, thanks to a Japanese acoustics expert.

Global warming is adding new threats to marine life in the almost land-locked Baltic Sea, where fish are already struggling in polluted, brackish waters, a leading expert said on Wednesday.

Israeli scientists said on Wednesday they had discovered a prehistoric ecosystem dating back millions of years.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli scientists said on Wednesday they had discovered a prehistoric ecosystem dating back millions of years. The discovery was made in a cave near the central Israeli city of Ramle during rock drilling at a quarry.

A noted U.S. storm forecaster on Wednesday predicted the Atlantic hurricane season will produce nine hurricanes, the same as his previous forecast issued nearly two months ago.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium will build the first polar station powered solely by renewable sources of energy at a site in the Antarctic that will study climate change.

A move by the new center-left government suggesting it might break with the conservative past by favoring embryonic stem cell research caused a political storm in Italy on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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