Science News Archive - May 04, 2006

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it convened a taskforce with state governors to study the effects of "boutique" gasoline blends which are contributing to fuel shortages. The EPA will submit a report to President George W.


If the skies are clear as forecast, volcano watchers who turn out for the reopening of the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Friday will get a spectacular view of a hulking slab of rock that's rapidly growing in Mount St. Helens' crater.


Introducing Enrico, the granddaddy of all roseate spoonbills. Researchers with Audubon of Florida claimed Thursday they discovered the oldest wild roseate spoonbill on Tern Key, a 16-year-old bird they named Enrico.

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - La Nina, a Pacific Ocean phenomenon that can help form Atlantic hurricanes, is not expected to be a factor this season, good news after last year's disastrous storm season.

Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia's rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country's central Java heartland.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.