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Science News Archive - August 24, 2006

The Lebanese port of Byblos has survived the Romans, the Crusades and the armies of Alexander the Great but now it faces a 21st century menace, brought to its shores on a tide of war -- oil pollution.

The Philippine Coast Guard appealed on Thursday for chicken feathers and human hair to help sponge up the country's worst oil spill.

Every day life in New Orleans brings more recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city a year ago on August 29. But some long-time residents feel they may be forced to move if the improvement does not accelerate, and they could take an important part of the culture -- small shops and neighborhood professionals -- with them.

The worst red tide in perhaps a decade has shut down shellfish beds all along Puget Sound and prompted serious public health worries, state officials said Wednesday.

With solid concrete walls and roofs and laminated glass windows protected by storm shutters, a house can be built to withstand nearly any hurricane. But very few are. It costs too much.

Iran's reply to an offer of incentives to halt nuclear work asks world powers to clarify key points including a timeline to implement the package, Iranian experts with diplomatic contacts said on Thursday.

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American astronomer who put Pluto on the solar system map would have accepted its demotion to non-planet status because he was a good scientist, his widow said on Thursday. "Clyde said, 'Well, it's there.

By Martin Roberts TORONTO (Reuters) - Scientists may have demoted Pluto to the rank of a "dwarf planet" on Thursday but astrologers foretell no major changes in the way they read the heavens because of the move.

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pluto's los

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - A spinning band of squalls in the southeastern Caribbean was on the verge of becoming a new tropical storm on Thursday, while Tropical Storm Debby steered over the open Atlantic well away from land, forecasters said.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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