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Science News Archive - September 24, 2008

The fishing industry is in turmoil because nobody faces up to the fact that it has been misrepresented by successive governments, fishing ministers, local councils and even fishermen's representatives.

By Jonathan Brown HE WAS the man who launched the world into the nuclear age, winning a Nobel prize and laying the foundations for modern nuclear physics.

The city of Milwaukie has launched an initiative to restore Kellogg Creek and connect parks and public spaces via bike trails and pedestrian paths as part of its downtown revitalization effort.

By Matthew Santoni The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded $1 million in grants Monday to improve trails and bridges in Pittsburgh parks and to help complete the bike trail to the nation's capital.

By Rick Stouffer Allegheny Energy Inc. on Monday raised the white flag, agreeing not to push further its proposed $1.2 billion high-voltage power line project through Washington and most of Greene counties.

The Elkader City Council has approved a Hazard Mitigation Plan for the community. Included in the plan were goals and recommendations to combat 16 different hazards ranging from energy disruption, flooding and tornadoes to agri- and bio-terrorism.

By Laura Latham New England's traditional tourist season is autumn, when thousands of acres of forest turn russet and gold, and coachloads of sightseers (or "leaf peepers") turn up to view the splendid display.

By Manning, H Charles Lander, Adam; McKinley, Eliot; Mutic, Nathan J Molecular imaging is a rapidly emerging research tool and clinical discipline aimed at noninvasive, quantitative visualization of in vivo molecular processes occurring at cellular and subcellular levels.

By Patton, Jessica Rae YOUR HEALTH People are now evaluating all aspects of their lives through a green lens, including their most intimate encounters. Lest no area of one's ecological overhaul go unexamined, here are some thoughts on greening one's sex life.

By Jenny, Fowler GOING GREEN The heat of the white sand hit my bare feet as I stepped off the little blue raft that carried guests from boat to beach. Just a few steps brought us to a palm-thatched bar. The shade was welcome, as was the drink from a freshly opened coconut while we checked in.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.