Science News Archive - September 18, 2008

By BRYAN CORBIN Courier & Press Statehouse bureau (317) 631-7405 or corbinb@courierpress.com INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana National Guard is trying to locate former soldiers who may have been exposed to a highly toxic chemical while serving in Basra, Iraq, in 2003 so that they can receive medical evaluations.

When I attend a middle school or high school career day, I often have a student tell me, "I want to be an oceanographer." But as we talk more, I realize that what the student really wants to be is a marine biologist.

Thousands of victims of Hurricane Ike settled in at shelters for what could be weeks, and others waited wearily in line for food, water, ice and gasoline yesterday. It became increasingly clear the disaster along the Texas coast would be measured not by its death toll but by the misery it spread.

PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the release of treated wastewater and storm water into a water body in Bedford County, Virginia. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: September 17, 2008 to 4:30 p.m.

By Janelle Rucker janelle.rucker@roanoke.com 981-3159 The Franklin County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to double the amount of money per call given to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced yesterday that resources from Virginia have been sent to Louisiana and Texas to help with hurricane relief efforts.

By Harrison, Kerry Irrigation has allowed Georgia farmers to get the most out of their land for the past three decades, and Georgia engineers have had a major impact on keeping farmers informed. In the 1970s ... Irrigation usage exploded due to high corn, soybean, and wheat prices.

By Anonymous A typical 1,000-head beef feedlot produces up to 254 metric tons (280 tons) of manure in just one week. That's a lot of manure-and for hundreds of U.S. cattle feedlots, disposal is an important management issue.

By Anonymous Two engineers at the University of California, Riverside are part of a binational team that has found semiconducting nanotubes produced by living bacteria-a discovery that could help in the creation of a new generation of nanoelectronic devices.

By Tabanca, Nurhayat More than just a source of flavoring for sweets or liqueurs, the anise plant, Pimpinella sp., is turning out to be a potential source of new pharmaceuticals and agrochemical agents.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'