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Science News Archive - September 18, 2008

The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) announced the results of a recent survey of its members' use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials in their insulation products during 2006/2007. The survey includes data from both U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities.

Arla Foods has said that its Chinese joint venture partner, Mengniu Dairy, is among the dairies in China whose products have tested positive for melamine, a chemical that can cause kidney stones.

Text of report by Iranian conservative, privately-owned Fars News Agency website Experts and engineers of Zagros Petrochemical Company, located at Pars Special Economic Energy Zone [PSEEZ], have succeeded through serious efforts, day and night to achieve an unprecedented production capacity of 2m tonnes of methanol in the past 18 months.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Chinese Dairy Producer Yet To Recall Some Tainted Milk Powder"] Shijiazhuang, Sept.

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Since announcing its intent to pursue its share of oil, gas and precious metals in the Arctic late last week, Russia has escalated the race against Canada, Denmark, Norway and the United States to become the first country to cash in its claim of energy-rich land.

The St. Lawrence River near Montreal has alarmingly high levels of estrogen, leading to the mutation of male fish, University of Montreal researchers said. Sebastien Sauve, a professor of environmental chemistry, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

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Researchers in western North Dakota have set out to make an unprecedented find: a complete skeleton of an ancient crocodile.

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In an attempt to help conservation of marine animals and aid in climate change monitoring, scientists using DNA have catalogued and described 100 new species of sharks and rays in Australian waters.

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Uncertain corn prices and a slowing market caused shares of US ethanol makers to plummet in afternoon trading on Wednesday.

By BARBARA WILLIAMS, STAFF WRITER WEST MILFORD -- It was not easy, but the Greenwood Lake Commission has finally gained the support of the Township Council to charge boat fees. Now it will push state legislators for the authority to implement those charges.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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