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Science News Archive - July 18, 2009

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A Danish expert said on Friday that a 15th century Vinland Map, the first known map depicting part of America prior to Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the continent, is almost certainly authentic.

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Two European journalists were fined on Friday for filming an annual seal hunt along the coast of the southern African nation, according to their lawyer.

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Hunters from Wainwright say that there is something big and strange floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow in the Arctic.

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The remaining clouds and showers that were once tropical storm Dolores are fading at sea, more than 940 miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Dolores has now weakened into a remnant low pressure area but continues to kick up 11 foot high waves at sea.

A mastodon tooth more than 8 inches long turned up on a stream bank in Wisconsin, state officials say. Cale Severson, a Department of Natural Resources employee, discovered the huge tooth while working on a trout habitat project in Grant County in southeastern Wisconsin, the department said Friday. What Severson calls the find of a lifetime came as he examined rocks that had been dumped by flooding. I noticed something really odd in that pile -- seeing just two of the five cusps -- and realized it probably was not a rock at that time, he said.

Rivers near Dhaka, Bangladesh, are biologically dead and especially toxic during dry seasons, a water resource expert said Saturday. The rivers around Dhaka have too little oxygen for the survival of aquatic life, Umme Kulsum Navera, assistant professor of Water Resource Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, told the news service IRIN. Oxygen levels increase during the monsoons but not enough to allow for a healthy aquatic environment.

Elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are starving due to fear of wolves and are not being killed by them, Montana State University researchers said. Essentially, they are slowly starving, Scott Creel, an ecology professor at MCU, and lead author of the study, said.

Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.