Science News Archive - September 11, 2008

By STEVE PATTERSON Florida's environmental agency uses fuzzy rules that can be politically manipulated to decide who can build on beaches around the state, say University of Florida lawyers calling for change.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has approved revised and consolidated standards and procedures for non-federal analytical chemistry laboratories.

NORTH CANTON, Ohio, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students interested in environmental issues will be presented with a unique opportunity at Kent State University Stark due to a generous gift from the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation to establish the Herbert W.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- State Farm, the leading insurer of cars and homes in Texas and the nation, is at a heightened state of readiness for Hurricane Ike.

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with IsoSciences, LLC, to distribute isotopically labeled bioactive compounds and their metabolites (http://www.sigma-aldrich.com/isotope) through its Aldrich division.

The impact of Hurricane Ike has reached out into space and delayed the planned Friday arrival of Russian cargo ship at the International Space Station. The unmanned Russian space freighter Progress 30 was slated to arrive at the space station tomorrow at 5:01 p.m.

Ostriches, emus, kiwis and other winged non-flyers might seem to be birds of a feather, sharing similar evolutionary origins, but the story could turn out to be much weirder, with perhaps numerous flying ancestors.

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. He wasn't the first, nor would he be the last, but the wiry, bespectacled man from Gujarat is certainly the most famous of the world's peaceful political dissidents.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.