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Science News Archive - August 02, 2006

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans who pushed for criticism of evolution in Kansas classrooms lost control of the state school board as moderates scored a narrow victory in a primary election on Tuesday.

South African officials set fire to a 34-metric ton whale carcass on Wednesday, sending white smoke into the air near Cape Town as spectators clambered over blubber-strewn rocks for a closer look.

By Wendy Lim and Emma Graham-Harrison HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Hong Kong and the neighboring manufacturing hub of Guangdong plan to launch an emissions trading scheme this year as part of a drive to clear their smoggy skies, a top official said on Wednesday.

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Former President Clinton and mayors of some of the world's largest cities announced an initiative Tuesday to combat climate change and increase energy efficiency in everything from street lights to building materials.

Bumblebees like it hot and learn to use the color of plants to select blooms with the warmest nectar, scientists said on Wednesday.

By Stefano Ambrogi LONDON (Reuters) - Leaking oil from a bombed power station in Lebanon has damaged about a third of the country's coastline, the world's top maritime body said on Wednesday. The U.N.

By Danielle Dreilinger ROXBURY, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A $178 million bioweapons defense lab under construction in a gritty section of south Boston has nearby residents worried that highly contagious pathogens might escape from it and threaten their lives.

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America in recent years has been sweltering through three times more than its normal share of extra-hot summer nights, government weather records show. And that is a particularly dangerous trend.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'