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Science News Archive - September 14, 2008

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Just a mere 70,000 years ago humanity was on the brink of extinction, according to a recent study. At that time the entire population, which now numbers about 6.6 billion people, contained perhaps only about 2,000 individuals!

By Kathy Blumenstock He lived 77 million years ago, and now Leonardo, an immense creature preserved by time and elements, stars in his own TV special.

By LAURA DALE A dog which was swept along the River Dart and over a fast flowing weir has been rescued by firefighters. Dodi, the three-year-old border collie, got into difficulties during a dip and was washed along a short stretch of the Buckfastleigh river just before 5pm on Thursday.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) YICHANG, Sept.

A Derby man has been ordered to pay over pounds500 for fishing without a licence. Daniel Johal, 20, of Hopwell Road, was caught fishing illegally at the Riverside Estate in Borrowash on May 10.

By JOHN WARE Volunteers turned out to help with the habitat management at the renowned Dawlish Warren nature reserve. They spent the day clearing reeds, small trees and other invasive plants, to maintain the wildlife value around the main pond.

A new city mobile exhibition is being created which will feature a variety of interactive resources for visually impaired people. Staff from the learning team at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery have been developing exhibits for the forthcoming project, entitled Feeling is Believing.

STOCKTON, Ill. - A non-profit organization will host an informational meeting regarding the large-scale dairy being constructed near Nora.Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards (HOMES) will meet at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss California businessman A.J.

Scientists and government officials studying potential no-take zones and other marine protected areas off the California coast will gather Monday and Tuesday for all-day meetings in El Segundo. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m.

University by the Sea - the arts and culture festival that energized Downtown Long Beach last fall - is starting the celebration early this year with the induction of Marcus Eriksen and his junk-raft crew into the Long Beach Legends at Smooth's Sports Grille on Tuesday. Starting at 6 p.m.

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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