Science News Archive - August 16, 2006


China will rigorously enforce limits on industrial pollution as it seeks to rein in rampant pollution and tame frenetic economic growth, the nation's top environment official said.


A third of the world is facing water shortages because of poor management of water resources and soaring water usage, driven mainly by agriculture, the International Water Management Institute said on Wednesday.

By Darren Whiteside LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Seismic activity at the Philippines' most active volcano calmed overnight but it could be weeks before 40,000 people evacuated from the shadow of the shuddering mountain can return home.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Inner Mongolia, source of a lot of the sand and dust that envelops large parts of China every spring, needs more help to fight the storms, a government official said on Wednesday.

A priceless gold bust of emperor-philosopher Marcus Aurelius, one of Europe's greatest Roman relics, has returned to this quiet Swiss town where it was found in an ancient sewer 67 years ago.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Food production in hunger-sticken Africa could slip further if governments fail to reverse decades of damaging policies and underinvestment, a leading American economist said on Wednesday.

They could be the missing links of human genetic evolution -- areas of human DNA that changed dramatically after the evolutionary division from chimpanzees, though they had remained almost unchanged for millennia before.

Learning the planets of our solar system is about to become more difficult for school children around the world.

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunters looking for new antlerless deer hunting opportunities are encouraged to review the list of Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) properties available on the Pennsylvania Game Commission's website (http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/).

Some 250,000 evacuees from last year's Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast may never return permanently and should be considered "climate refugees," whose ranks around the world could grow until global warming is mitigated, an environmental expert said.

Word of the Day
  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
The word 'coruscant' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to flash' or 'to sparkle'.