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Science News Archive - July 03, 2007

Chinese researchers say they have found a strange pyramid-shaped chamber while surveying the massive underground tomb of China's first emperor and theorize it was built as a passageway for his soul.

By Bill Teeter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 3--GRAPEVINE -- There's been so much rain that even boaters are being inconvenienced. At Lake Grapevine, every boat ramp is closed because of high water. And campsites have been shut down.

By Crawford, Terry J Crawford, Bruce J Abstract: In Rarotonga, Linckia multifora (Lamarck) exists in two forms: a blue gray type that is found on the reef intertidally and a red form that is found subtidally.

By Lopez-Perez, R A Mora-Perez, M G; Leyte-Morales, G E Abstract: Over the past decades there has been an increasing awareness of community structure and dynamics in eastern Pacific coral reef systems, yet the processes producing these patterns are poorly known.

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Weighing in at 150 pounds or more, the all-time biggest bird couldn't just hop into the air and fly away, researchers say.

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An organism that may have played a part in killing thousands of bighorn sheep in the West over the last five decades and in thwarting repopulation efforts has been isolated in a lab and found in struggling bighorn herds in the wild, biologists say.

Ponds that have provided summertime water in the high arctic for thousands of years are drying up as global warming advances, Canadian researchers say.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to make it easier to kill wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains to protect other wildlife and domesticated animals.

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A previously unknown elephant herpes virus killed the Woodland Park Zoo's youngest Asian elephant, zoo officials said Monday.

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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