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Science News Archive - September 28, 2008

The Carnegie Science Center has received $75,000 from Motorola Foundation for the center's Girls, Math & Science Partnership. The money will be used to start a "science survival toolkit" in the spring to connect girls to science education and careers.

By Richard Waters This country is enjoying a surge in eco-tourism. Richard Waters reveals why There's a lot to like about this country of faded Indochinese villas and temples; it repeatedly sucks me back into its forest- clad petals like a benign Venus flytrap.

By The Associated Press DES MOINES (AP) - Critics are complaining that state environmental officials have done little about an outbreak of toxic algae that threatened the safety of drinking water in Iowa's largest city and posed a risk to swimmers at a west-central Iowa lake.They said the blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, was found at Black Hawk Lake near Lake View, and that levels recorded just after Labor Day were seven times more than an internationally recognized benchmark for safe swimming.The outbreak, which reportedly surfaced in early August and continues, forced theDes Moines Water Works to stop using water from the Raccoon River, which receives water from the Black Hawk Lake when the lake tops an outlet.Experts say the algae can cause rashes, intestinal illnesses and even death.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is charged with monitoring water quality throughout the state.Agency officials said they believed that the waterworks operation had monitoring under control,

Another dead porpoise has been washed up on a South Devon beach - the fourth already in September. Brixham Seawatch campaigner Lindy Hingley said: "This is quite unusual.

A pples that thrive in the worst of the Westcountry weather are ripening in the orchard at Thornhayes Nursery. They have wonderful bucolic names, hinting at their heritage.

A federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by residents of an East Hills housing project who have been fighting for two years to keep the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from holding a foreclosure sale.

Bats, hares, badgers and birds have helped a farm win a national wildlife award. Dorrington Hall Farm, near Woore, has won the biodiversity prize at the Bayer CropScience and Farming and Countryside Education Awards.

By The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) - They were Premier Zhou Enlai's favorite late- night snack. He loved White Rabbit candy so much he gave a bag to President Nixon during his historic visit to China.

By Swift, T Kevin Chemistry on the Move Due to the geographic dispersion of American chemistry's customers and the concentration of most production in about a dozen states, a large volume of chemical products is moved within the U.S. and to foreign destinations every year.

By Shelley, Suzanne Innovations in Micro- and Nanotechnology to Measure Living Cells Living cells are complicated bioreactors with a plethora of multi- stage reaction sequences occurring simultaneously to sustain life.

Word of the Day
drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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