Science News Archive - September 12, 2008

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/088b2f/specialty_chemical) has announced the addition of the "Specialty Chemicals Industry in North America" report to their offering. A Specialty Chemical is a chemical produced for a specialized use.

Beach sand often contains higher levels of E.coli and other fecal bacteria than water at the beach, U.S researchers said. The U.S. Geological Survey said research suggests beach closings due to elevated fecal indicator bacteria may be linked to contaminated beach sand.

As Hurricane Ike pummels the Texas coast, the only thing standing in the way is a thin stretch of land called Galveston. Galveston is a barrier island, a narrow landmass made mostly of sand that extends along a coastline parallel to the land.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

As Hurricane Ike races toward Texas, it is pushing a mound of water in front of it that could inundate parts of the Gulf coast with up to 25 feet of water.

This story was updated at 3:13 p.m. EDT.

By Howard Witt POINT CELESTE, La. - About 40 miles farther inland from here, around the periphery of one of America's most vulnerable major cities, the U.S.

By GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS, Ga. - Nearly four years after Congress passed legislation requiring five to eight daily motorized tours to the north end of Cumberland Island, the National Park Service has released a plan to meet the mandate.

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Terry Brady of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, +1-717-772-9101 HARRISBURG,Pa., Sept.

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Terry Brady of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, +1-717-772-9101 HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.