Science News Archive - September 26, 2008

By STEVE PATTERSON ORLANDO -- Water wars like the fight over St. Johns River withdrawals will only grow unless Florida learns to manage its water better, experts and policymakers meeting Thursday said.

EDUCATION minister Jane Hutt is to help volunteers clean a popular beach. The AM will be helping Keep Wales Tidy, and others in the clean- up on Llantwit Major beach as part of the Tidy Towns project.

The Aquarium of the Pacific brought together government agencies, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and other stakeholders this past week to look at solutions for dealing with the looming seafood crisis.

By Robin Bloom THE publication of this year's Legal 500 sees Dickinson Dees LLP once again dominating the legal scene in the North East across the board in 28 categories, reinforcing our reputation for quality and service excellence.

Amphibians across the world are at risk of extinction as a result of climate change, habitat destruction and disease, according to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).At a lecture at London Zoo, ZSL research fellow Dr Trent Garner warned that species in Britain such as the common toad were among those increasingly under threat.He said a recent study showed warmer winter temperatures in southern England were affecting the hibernation of toads, who would normally slow their physiology down in the cold weather.With fewer cold winters, toads were using up more of their reserves and emerging from hibernation in a poor condition.

DOWNEY - City officials are warning residents to boil their tap water at least through Saturday after they found Coliform bacteria in the water supply in three different locations.

Today Memphis Bar Association seminar: Noon-1 p.m., 80 Monroe, No. 220. Topic: "What's Happiness Got to Do With It?" One-hour dual credit CLE seminar. Speaker: David N. Shearon, executive director, Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.

By Nora Harlow Every other week, the East Bay Municipal Utility District features plants particularly well suited to California's summer-dry climate and adapted to periods of drought. For more information, contact Nora Harlow at nharlow@ebmud.com.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Seven southern counties are experiencing a moderate drought as West Virginia's fall forest fire season approaches. The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows the worst conditions are in Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Students name mascots: Larsen Middle School's eighth-hour class taught by Trish Arntsen chose the winning names of the city of Elgin's mascots for recycling and trash. They are Leftover Larry the trash mascot, and Reusable Rick the recycling mascot. Together they will be known as the Dynamic Duo.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.