Science News Archive - June 13, 2009

Police in Scotland are hunting for the killer who left poisoned bait consumed by a red kite, a bird of prey that almost became extinct decades ago. The bird's carcass was found June 2 near Galashiels in the Borders region, The Scotsman reported Saturday.


A 16th-century painting of a nude Mona Lisa, once credited to Leonardo Da Vinci, will be displayed for the first time on Saturday as part of an extensive new exhibition from June 13 to September 30 at the Museo Ideale near Florence, Italy.


The city of Los Angeles recently dished out $7.4 million for the construction a China-themed, feng shui-approved monkey cage for the city’s zoo.


An ancient burial pit of dismembered bodies has been found under a road being built for the 2012 British Olympics.


It is a misinterpretation of the application of the bedrock of scientific naming with regard to the number of moose species that Kris Hundertmark, a University of Alaska Fairbanks wildlife geneticist at the Institute of Arctic Biology, seeks to correct.


Alaska's Rat Island is finally rat-free, after a Japanese shipwreck spilled rampaging rodents onto the island 229 years ago, decimating the local bird population.


President Barack Obama announced the creation of a high-level Ocean Policy Task Force on Friday that will craft a national policy for sustainably managing the oceans.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.