Science News Archive - July 27, 2007

Soaring demand from Ugandan men seeking to restore their sexual potency is driving a species of tree known as the Omuboro to extinction. "It [the tree] is like a natural Viagra," said Hannington Oryem- Orida, a professor of botany at Makerere University.

By Jason Ryan, The State, Columbia, S.C. Jul. 27--By land, it's a 45-minute drive. By lake, it's a 15-minute cruise.


In this 3,000-year-old city known as the Jerusalem of India for its intense religious devotion, climate change could throw into turmoil something many devout Hindus never thought possible: their most intimate religious traditions.


Close to 10 million turtles are traded each year in Asian food markets despite global efforts to stem the practice that many experts say is causing the rapid extinction of some species of the shelled reptiles.

By Tim Hahn, Erie Times-News, Pa. Jul. 27--JAMESTOWN, Pa. -- Pymatuning State Park is enjoying the kind of summer that vacationers dream of.


They congregate on patios, slip into stairwells and, if they're crunched under foot, oh do they stink. Crickets are here in force, annoying Texans earlier than usual - thanks to the year's wet weather in much of the state.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]