Science News Archive - September 17, 2008

Akey figure in the South Bank chemical industry is to head up the building of a pounds170-million new production plant for Novartis in Europe. Adrian Wallis will take up the role of project director for the vaccine and diagnostics plant in Marburg, Germany.

By Steve Connor The scientist who said creationism should be discussed in science lessons has left his job at the Royal Society.

By Philip Loo Kim Seng I REFER to your report "Study reveals policy's flaws" on research conducted by Professor Emeritus Datuk Isahak Haron of University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (NST, Sept 7) and the comments by the Member of Parliament for Rembau Khairy Jamaluddin ("It's high time we ditched this policy" - NST, Sept 9) on the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English.

OIL giants Amoco yesterday won an appeal against a pounds 25,000 fine for allowing 6.4 tons of diesel fuel to leak into the North Sea. Appeal judges ruled that a sheriff in Aberdeen had been wrong to convict the firm of breaching the Oil Pollution Act.

A construction permit to build a boat dock on the Willamette River in Lake Oswego has been revoked by a federal agency in order to look at the dock's potential to impact endangered species. A related lawsuit was filed by the Northwest Environmental Defense Center on Aug.

By Tyler Graf Portland Bureau of Planning is stepping up efforts to finish the North Reach phase of its River Plan, which will change elements of the city's future policies for industrial land near the Willamette River.

Allegheny County could hire a new manager devoted to energy conservation and order its departments to assess their environmental impact as part of an initiative Chief Executive Dan Onorato announced today.

By Steve Lash ExxonMobil Corp. will pay Maryland $4 million to settle the state's environmental claims against the oil and gas giant that flowed from a massive January 2006 leak at a Jacksonville gas station, which continues to pollute area groundwater, Attorney General Douglas F.

Firemen kept an all-night vigil on September 22, 1971 over wrecked freight waggons at Nocton after a train carrying ammunition and an inflammable chemical jumped the tracks. The chemical - nitro-cellulose - spilled from plastic sacks being carried in the waggons which left the southbound track.

By Anonymous Seventeen of the 72 new members elected this spring to the National Academy of Sciences are Sigma Xi members. They were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.