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Science News Archive - August 25, 2006

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Environmental authorities will clean up several thousand tonnes of computer boards illegally dumped along a river since the early days of Taiwan's high-tech industry and put them in a museum, an official said on Friday.

Facai (pronounced fa-tsai) is a blue-green algae that grows in the sandy semi-desert of western China, anchoring the fine soil in place and retaining moisture to support other plants in an area struggling to stop the desert expanding.

A year ago, television journalists were plunged into unimaginable hell, telling the story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath that devastated one of America's great cities, killed 2,000 people on the Gulf Coast and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee for their lives.

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Two white rhinos took their first steps on African soil Thursday, officials said, after being flown into the country from the U.S. to boost stocks.

An unusually large number of tropical fish have been spotted this summer in Rhode Island waters by divers, fishermen and environmentalists.

Ice Age evidence confirms that a doubling of greenhouse gases could drive up world temperatures by about 3 Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit), causing havoc with the climate, a study showed on Friday.

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Ice Age evidence confirms that a doubling of greenhouse gases could drive up world temperatures by about 3 Celsius (5.4 Fahrenheit), causing havoc with the climate, a study showed on Friday.

By Juan Bustamante BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - A government cleanup scheme has inspired new hope for the 5 million people living in Argentina's Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, where raw sewage, industrial waste and empty promises have created a toxic cesspool.

New Orleans needs a single person responsible for its levee system in order to avoid another Hurricane Katrina-style disaster, the American Society of Civil Engineers said on Friday.

By Christopher Doering WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Each test to determine whether commercial rice has traces of an unapproved biotech strain could cost as much as $300, but it is uncertain who will pay for the testing, U.S. Agriculture Department said on Friday.

Word of the Day
drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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