Science News Archive - August 10, 2006

Corrects number in paragraph 1 to half a million,

In the heat of the engine room, huge copper-colored cylinders hiss as Capt. Carlos Saavedra pulls hard on the accelerator lever of the oldest working ship in the Americas.


Heavy rains across northern Ohio this summer left behind flooded yards and perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes.


A volcano in the Philippines spewed ash Wednesday after the amount of gas coming from the crater dropped suddenly, worrying experts that something had blocked the flow of magma and could cause a bigger eruption.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A huge flow of hot mud pouring out of an exploratory oil well in Indonesia inundating all in its path will be treated and channeled into the sea, the environment minister said on Thursday.

Chemicals sitting in anyone's bathroom at home could be used to make a bomb that would badly damage a passenger jet, and experts have been warning about this danger for years.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There is a 50 percent chance a weak El Nino will develop this year, U.S. government weather forecasters said on Thursday, but if the weather abnormality reappears it will be too late to affect the Atlantic hurricane season.


City and utility officials throughout Southern California are eyeing a new system that relies on ice to store energy for air conditioners as a possible way to cut peak commercial consumption and reduce the threat of crippling blackouts.

By Ben Blanchard NINGDE, China (Reuters) - The strongest typhoon to strike China for half a century killed at least 28 people, with three others missing, the official Xinhua news agency said early on Friday.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'