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Science News Archive - September 12, 2008

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Experts reported on Friday that the amount of sea ice around Antarctica has grown in recent Septembers in what could be an unusual side-effect of global warming.

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Researchers at Reading University have found that metal-munching earthworms can help plants to clean up contaminated soils.

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Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered how the brain learns to recognize objects.

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Eugene Pawlik of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, +1-202- 761-7690, eugene.a.pawlik@usace.army.mil WASHINGTON,Sept. 12/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S.

President Bush has acquitted himself well in at least one major environmental matter. He has supported protecting some key oceanic regions that are still little touched by the depredations of commercial fishing and mineral extraction.

By Katie Mulvaney Environmentalists hail the planting of about 200,000 hard-shell clams in Quonochontaug and Ninigret Ponds as a success that will help the water body flourish in years to come.

ELLSWORTH - The Western Mountains Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $29,900 in grants to six Somerset and Franklin County nonprofit organizations. Among the funded programs is the Lake George Corp.

MIDDLETOWN -- The Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown will be closed for two days between Sept. 15 and Sept. 30 so staff members can treat invasive, exotic plants with herbicides, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a press statement.

My sister and her husband left for Brisbane several years ago because their family was already there (Editorial, Sept 9). They bought several reasonably priced acres of land outside the city but the poor soil and hot climate mean it's hard to grow anything. Even the tropical grass dies in summer.

ELLSWORTH - The Androscoggin County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $30,800 in grants to eight Androscoggin County organizations.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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