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Science News Archive - August 07, 2006

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The death toll from flash flooding that swept through an eastern Ethiopian town over the weekend has risen to nearly 200 people and 300 others were still missing, police said on Monday.

Russian olive trees, which have sunk their roots in soil from the Mediterranean to northern China, are finding U.S. soil less and less hospitable.

By Tsegaye Tadesse DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Nearly 200 people are dead and hundreds more missing after floods swept through an eastern Ethiopian town over the weekend, police said on Monday.

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With signs that the world is warming, even Inuit peoples of the far north are ordering air conditioning. Better known for building igloos during hunts on the polar ice, Inuit in the village of Kuujjuaq in Quebec, Canada, are installing 10 air conditioners for about 25 office workers.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's next space shuttle crew arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Monday for a dress rehearsal of the late August launch of a mission to restart construction of the International Space Station.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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