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Science News Archive - August 23, 2006

Tropical Storm Debby formed off the coast of Cape Verde in the eastern Atlantic Tuesday, forecasters said. The depression that formed Monday was centered 300 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde and was moving toward the west-northwest at speeds of near 18 mph.

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Kangaroos around Australia's national capital will soon be fed a contraceptive pill by authorities trying to control their booming population.

By Corinne Heller RAMAT RACHEL, Israel (Reuters) - Archaeologists in Israel have unearthed an ancient water system which was modified by the conquering Persians to turn the desert into a paradise.

By Leo Solinap ILOILO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - A Japanese salvage ship was due in the Philippines on Saturday to begin siphoning industrial fuel from a sunken tanker off the central island of Guimaras, oil refiner Petron Corp. said on Wednesday.

To hear Agnes Ferrell tell it, the only reason that President Bush has mustered federal hurricane aid for New Orleans is that Mayor Ray Nagin would not leave him alone.

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Water, that molecule-of-all-trades, is famous for its roles in shaping the Earth, sustaining living creatures and serving as a universal solvent.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Rising production of biofuels from crops might complicate U.N. goals of ending hunger in developing countries, where 850 million people do not have enough to eat, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday.

ROME (Reuters) - The mother of a brown bear shot in Germany last June to the horror of animal lovers has been fitted with a satellite tracking device by Italian authorities so that she can be monitored and kept away from humans.

Skeletons found at an unearthed site in Mexico show Aztecs captured, ritually sacrificed and partially ate several hundred people traveling with invading Spanish forces in 1520.

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The U.S. spaceships that NASA wants to build to carry astronauts back to the moon will be called Orion, an agency official said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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