Science News Archive - September 22, 2008

By Bob Frye Henry Veggian took one look at the fish -- with its large scales, bony head, and long, single dorsal fin -- hanging on the wall at Tackle Unlimited in Jefferson Hills and thought he was seeing an alien. It had to have come from Europe, he thought, or perhaps Asia.

HUNDREDS of bird species are facing extinction around the world, conservationists warned yesterday. Once-common UK birds such as the cuckoo, turtle dove and nightingale are among those identified by Birdlife International as suffering dangerously large falls in numbers.


Crowded streets and bustling business marked Beijing after the expiration of the government-enforced two months of traffic restrictions and factory closures during the Olympic games.

Two scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine who've sussed out ways to see what's usually hidden are winners of this year's NIH Director's Pioneer Awards--the National Institutes of Health's most prestigious award for creative thinkers.

By Will Bigham CLAREMONT - A neighborhood group that opposes plans by Claremont McKenna College to construct a new campus center has filed a lawsuit against the college and the city and is seeking a court order halting the project.

By Anonymous U.S. Commerce Secretary M. Carlos Gutierrez today announced a formal determination of a fishery resource disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, due to the devastation following hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

By Stone, Gretchen Mae Safety culture has become increasingly important for the chemical industry since John Bresland, chairman and CEO of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, started his career in 1966. "I think companies are doing it on their own. It requires leadership at the ton.

By Steve Tetreault By STEVE TETREAULT STEPHENS WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - No matter what happens with the embattled director of Nevada's Nuclear Projects Agency, the state will not give up the fight against Yucca Mountain, Nevada's senators vowed Thursday. Sens.

By John L. Smith Southern Nevada homeowners who get scolded for over-soaking their sod will cringe at this news. But a Las Vegas Valley Water District official says the decision this week to drain 20 million gallons from the new Levi reservoir in the northwest was absolutely necessary.

By From news reports A fire at a dance club in this southern city, apparently started by fireworks, left 43 people dead, many of them killed in a panicked stampede as they tried to escape, state media and government officials said.

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'.