Science News Archive - September 18, 2008

By Stephen Zook A. Dale Herr isn't ready to invest in an advanced spray control system. "The day I have to have a machine drive my tractor, I'll quit," the Kirkwood farmer joked. However, even Herr acknowledges the usefulness of some technological advances in farming.

By Jack Brubaker As the Susquehanna rolled by, a number of the river's friends gathered at Long Level Tuesday to praise its virtues.

By Dave Miller John McCain's recent call for future talks on changes to the 1922 Colorado River Compact should be a good wakeup call for all Western leaders concerned with renewable water and energy resources.Colorado is the primary headwater state for six major river basins and 11 downriver states on both sides of the Continental Divide.Federal data indicates Colorado has only been using about 60 percent of its Colorado River Compact entitlements since the 1960s, because of political infighting between water-short and surplus river water basins.

By John Ross COMPETING interests between industry and the environment on the Cromarty Firth have prompted the launch of a new initiative.

By James C. McKinley Jr. Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting from Houston, and Thayer Evans from Galveston, Texas. * An army of line crews from 31 states has converged on eastern Texas to help deal with the largest power failure in this large state's history.

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/467fa2/energy_and_environ) has announced the addition of the "Energy and Environment" subscription to their offering.

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report related to the Chemicals industry industry is available in its catalogue.


Scientists have discovered that certain fish are capable of glowing red. Research published today in BMC Ecology includes striking images of fish fluorescing vivid red light.


Inventor of forensic fingerprint technique says criminals who eat processed foods have 'sticky fingers,' which are more likely to corrode metal.

By Roy Goh KOTA KINABALU: Scientists doing research in the jungles of Sabah have recently returned with some exciting photographs.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]