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Science News Archive - August 11, 2006

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A federal law governing protection of American Indian graves would be amended to allow scientific study of ancient remains discovered on federal lands if the remains have not been tied to a current tribe, under a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings.

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The sudden release of large quantities of water from several large dams has contributed to devastating floods in India which have killed over 350 people, and authorities must take some of the blame, critics said on Friday.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Up to 15 metric tons of dead fish have surfaced at the Pacific Ocean mouth of a river near Taipei, leaving local officials puzzled.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Caviar lovers may benefit from a five-nation deal entering into force from Saturday meant to clean up the badly polluted Caspian Sea.

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Australian scientists have begun looking at smell sensors in worms and insects to help them build an electronic "cybernose" they hope will one day be capable of measuring aromas and flavors in wine.

Sometimes, global warming can help put money in your pocket. Hansruedi Burgener has welcomed up to 800 people a day to his remote mountain hostel in the Alps this summer, all hoping to watch the Alps melt.

Revises second paragraph to make clear this is the first shuttle mission in more than three years aimed at resuming construction of the International Space Station. It is not the first shuttle mission in more than three years.

A moderate earthquake that shook Mexico City and Michoacan state on Friday caused no major damage or casualties, emergency services said.

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil giant BP is learning some lessons from pigs in its Alaska pipeline.

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mercury built into older-model U.S. vehicles will be removed before they are melted down for scrap under an agreement announced on Friday, putting a small dent in a worsening global environmental threat.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.