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Science News Archive - August 22, 2006

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Pollution and poor management have worsened the quality of China's increasingly scarce urban water supplies, but the government will spend $125 billion in the next five years on the problem, an official said on Tuesday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese precision equipment maker Shimadzu Corp. said on Tuesday it and unlisted Singapore biotech venture Agenica Research Pte Ltd have found 10 proteins which could help develop drugs to diagnose or treat breast cancer.

By Leo Solinap ILOILO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Sludge has washed up on Panay, a large island in the central Philippines, as an oil spill from a sunken tanker spread, threatening rich fishing grounds, officials said on Tuesday.

Labeling foods ranging from spaghetti to meat to show how much water is used in their production could help combat mounting pressure on the world's water supplies, a leading expert said on Tuesday.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Labeling foods ranging from spaghetti to meat to show how much water is used in their production could help combat mounting pressure on the world's water supplies, a leading expert said on Tuesday.

Skeletal remains of a homonoid nicknamed "hobbit" and found in a cave on a remote Indonesian island are from an ancestor of human pygmies still living there today, scientists say.

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Environmental regulation of shrimp farming operations across Asia takes a major step forward next month, when the U.N. food agency considers adoption of a set of tougher industry guidelines published on Tuesday.

Britain's native red squirrels, already in headlong retreat, are being wiped out not just by competition for resources with non-indigenous gray squirrels but from a virus the grays carry, research showed on Monday.

If you thought the sight of the great American jazz city New Orleans flooded to the eaves -- its people trapped in attics or cowering on rooftops -- was the nightmare hurricane scenario, think again.

As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.