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Science News Archive - July 30, 2007

By Kevin Wadlow, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 28--State officials seek to spend $2 million to buy 9.4 acres of Florida Keys land for conservation. Five parcels proposed for purchase go before Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet for approval Tuesday in Tallahassee.

Hollywood residents believe they've found a humane way to reduce their pigeon population and the messes the birds make: the pill.

Washington officials are taking steps to ensure that the predicted resurgence of the endangered grey wolf in the state is managed correctly.

By Anne Cook, The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill. Jul. 29--MANSFIELD -- George Kasbergen's dairy has given new life to an Illinois industry that's been in decline for years.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'