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Science News Archive - March 11, 2008

By Dana Bartholomew LAKE VIEW TERRACE -- Horse stables across Los Angeles are in deep doo-doo. Tons of horse manure has been piling up as professional stable owners, fresh out of low-cost options to dump tons of dung, struggle to ship the waste out of town.

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Last year’s summer floods in Britain were not the result of global climate change, according to a report from the Center for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the UK’s leading body for research in land and freshwater environmental sciences.

By Mainka, Susan A McNeely, Jeffrey A; Jackson, William J A new paradigm is emerging in the world of environmental conservation.

By Victoria Advocate, Texas Mar. 11--A 38-year-old Brazoria County man is dead in what police are calling an accidental drowning Saturday in Port O'Connor. Michael Robert Chaney and two friends were visiting at Sunday Beach on the day of the incident. Plans were to fish that night, B.B.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory, in partnership with three other science and engineering powerhouses, reached a major domestic milestone relating to nuclear fuel performance on March 8.

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In the hands of jewelers, gold can be fashioned into rings and pendants of long-lasting beauty. But, when reduced in size to nanocrystals containing a few thousand atoms, this noble metal is a surprisingly good catalyst.

The universe as we currently know it is made up of three dimensions of space and one of time, but researchers in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech are exploring the possibility of an extra dimension.

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University of Maryland research that started with bacteria from the Chesapeake Bay has led to a process that may be able to convert large volumes of all kinds of plant products, from leftover brewer's mash to paper trash, into ethanol and other biofuel alternatives to gasoline.

A researcher at the National University at San Diego has taken a mathematical approach to a biological problem - how to design a portable DNA detector. Writing in the International Journal of Nanotechnology, he describes a mathematical simulation to show how a new type of nanoscale transistor might be coupled to a DNA sensor system to produce a characteristic signal for specific DNA fragments in a sample.

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Global Warming may soon affect every mode of transportation worldwide. With rising sea levels alongside increased, more intense storms, current transportation infrastructures may be seriously weakened, the National Research Council says.

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  • To talk saucily.
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