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Science News Archive - August 20, 2006

RIYADH (Reuters) - An eight-month ban on importing falcons into Saudi Arabia due to bird flu fears will be lifted next month, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

NYERI, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan villagers tasted sweet revenge on Sunday, feasting on a marauding elephant that slipped into a septic tank as it tried to eat bananas from a local farm.

South American "Red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global warming, pollution or over-fishing, experts say.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - South American "Red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global warming, pollution or over-fishing, experts say.

Word of the Day
mitraille
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.