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Science News Archive - June 15, 2006

Hot clouds from Indonesia's Mount Merapi dissipated on Thursday, a day after spreading far enough to blanket villages with ash and prompting authorities to put the volcano back on top alert again.

Toxic chemicals are harming Arctic animals including polar bears, beluga whales, seals and seabirds, the environmental group WWF said on Thursday.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Toxic chemicals are harming Arctic animals including polar bears, beluga whales, seals and seabirds, the environmental group WWF said on Thursday.

Scientists said on Wednesday they have created a distinctive red and yellow butterfly in the laboratory by interbreeding two different species in a way similar to what they believe has occurred in nature.

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists said on Wednesday they have created a distinctive red and yellow butterfly in the laboratory by interbreeding two different species in a way similar to what they believe has occurred in nature.

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They are crowning a wheat queen in Wellington, Kansas, this weekend. And in July, when the bins are full, a wheat king will lead a five-day-long harvest festival that for more than 100 years has been an annual ritual in this dusty prairie town.

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU scientists should get a much-needed boost of public money over the next seven years even though Europe is likely to retain its cautious approach to stem cell research, EU lawmakers agreed on Thursday.

A set of 110-million-year-old fossils from China is the earliest example of a modern-looking bird and strongly suggests ancestors of all living birds were waterfowl, researchers said on Thursday.

Ancient roots and bones locked in long-frozen soil in Siberia are starting to thaw, and have the potential to unleash billions of tons of carbon and accelerate global warming, scientists said on Thursday.

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Angela Fillingim grew up knowing she had been adopted as a baby during El Salvador's bloody civil war. But it wasn't until she took a high school Spanish class that she really began wondering about her past.

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