Science News Archive - August 27, 2006

By Nick Tattersall KAWSARA, Senegal (Reuters) - Senegalese villagers watching from under cashew nut trees looked on bemused as U.S. scientists emerged from beneath a rotating radar and launched a small white helium balloon into the air. U.S.

Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Tanio Hingle lived in a house in the Treme section of New Orleans with his wife and three kids, gigging around town with the New Birth Brass Band. The eight-piece played four or five times a week in places like Joe's Cozy Corner, Tipitina's and House of Blues.

Ernesto grew into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Sunday and threatened deforested Haiti with floods and mudslides as it headed for the Gulf of Mexico a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

PARIS (Reuters) - A Slovenian brown bear, one of five released in the French Pyrenees earlier this year, has been found dead at the foot of a cliff after an apparent accident, authorities said on Sunday.

By Simon Gardner PERALIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - In a small room up a rickety staircase in a tsunami-damaged building on Sri Lanka's south coast, Roshan Waduthantri sits glued to an earthquake warning Web site and monitors cable TV channels.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'