Science News Archive - September 11, 2008

WHAT'S NEW: A major development proposal that has haunted West Milford officials for decades now faces new hurdles after a recent court decision severed it from a five-year-old approval.

By Daniel Barbarisi; John J Igliozzi PROVIDENCE -- The announcement this spring that Providence was considering selling off its biggest asset, the Providence Water Supply Board, brought cheers from some and concerns from others.

WELLINGTON is a city of the sea. Its character is defined by the harbour, and by its rugged coastline. That is why news that a new proposal for a marine education centre, looking out on Lyall Bay, is especially welcome.

By Raam Wong Journal Staff Writer Starting this week, workers are clearing brush, laying pipe and otherwise moving forward on the construction of a $182 million project that will pump water from the Rio Grande and into Santa Fe homes.

By Eileen M. Adams MEXICO - Selectmen set a special meeting for Monday, Sept. 22, to discuss developing a survey that people could answer when they go to the polls on Nov. 4. Answers to the survey would be used by town officials putting together the next municipal budget.

By David Scharfenberg CRANSTON -- A rodent control company has begun inspecting and treating homes and businesses in the northeastern section of the city in a bid to control a much-bemoaned rat problem.

PROVIDENCE -- The nonprofit organization Stop Wasting Abandoned Property, or SWAP, known for providing affordable housing in South Providence, entered a new phase of its development yesterday with the opening of a $10.2-million mixed-use commercial and rental property.

By PHYLLIS GLAZER When I was growing up in the States, we always had breakfast before leaving for school. On cold days, Mom made me oatmeal, and on warmer days I had cornflakes and milk.

THE Department of Conservation is warning people not to be fooled by the puppy dog eyes of a sea lion or New Zealand fur seal this summer, into thinking they're safe to touch. They have a nasty bite and run fast, DOC said.


Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are continuing their march toward creating a synthetic, gecko-like adhesive, one sticky step at a time.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'