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Science News Archive - May 09, 2006

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A former cruise liner with hundreds of tons of asbestos and other toxic material on board is heading for an Indian scrapyard, Greenpeace said on Tuesday, threatening a repeat of a controversy over a French warship.

AUSTIN, Texas, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- According to a nationwide survey released today by Whole Foods Market* , Americans eat meat an average of 4.2 times a week -- that's 218 times a year.

By Laura Smitherman, The Baltimore Sun May 9--Carl Palmer has seen his Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. bill jump more than 50 percent recently, to $103 a month. Fearful of further increases, he has put in fluorescent lights to save energy and purchased a new microwave that uses fewer watts.

InterMune has posted results from preclinical studies of pirfenidone that identify a molecular target of the compound's anti-fibrotic activity.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency and put the National Guard on alert to fight wildfires that have scorched thousands of acres and caused deadly traffic accidents, officials said on Tuesday.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Tuesday oil spills at its facilities rose 50 percent in 2005 due to hurricane damage in the Gulf of Mexico and sabotage in Nigeria.

The burgeoning ethanol industry is changing the economic landscape of rural America, as companies pour billions of dollars into production plants in a race to meet demand and ease America's addiction to gasoline.

A hurricane with only moderate intensity could wreak havoc in New York City because it has been years since the nation's financial center faced severe weather, government forecasters warned on Tuesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Women can pick up cues about how men feel about children from their faces and use the subtle signs to rate them as potential partners, scientists said on Wednesday.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - The figures read like a real estate agent's lettings list; a hectare of marsh in Canada, $6,000 per year; a tropical forest in Cameroon, $3,500; a Caribbean coral reef, $10,000.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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