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Science News Archive - September 28, 2008

By Shelley, Suzanne When it comes to managing criteria pollutants (such as SO^sub X^, NO^sub X^, mercury and particulates), IGCC has an inherent advantage over conventional coal-fired power plants, because it relies on relatively compact, energy-efficient separation systems that capture pollutants from the coal-derived syngas before it is used to fire the gas turbines.

By Engelmann, Ronny Wandinger, Ulla; Ansmann, Albert; Muller, Detlef; Zeromskis, Egidijus; Althausen, Dietrich; Wehner, Birgit ABSTRACT The vertical aerosol transport in the planetary boundary layer (PBL) is investigated with lidars.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Nine Arrested for Fatal Factory Fire in South China"] Shenzhen, Sept.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Mokpo, South Korea, Sept.

By Paul Rogers It was largely overlooked amid Wall Street's meltdown, but Congress made a major environmental shift this week when lawmakers dropped a 26-year ban on new offshore oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

By Shelley, Suzanne NANOTECHNOLOGY A greener, less-expensive method to produce hydrogen fuel may eventually be possible using water with the help of solar energy and nanotube diodes that use the entire spectrum of the sun's energy, according to Penn State scientists.

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Following a record-breaking season of arctic sea ice decline in 2007, NASA scientists have kept a close watch on the 2008 melt season. Although the melt season did not break the record for ice loss, NASA data are showing that for a four-week period in August 2008, sea ice melted faster during that period than ever before.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China Publishes Altitude of Lowest Inland Point"] Urumqi, Sept.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Recast:1st Ld: Warnings Issued as Typhoon Jangmi Approaches Eastern China"] Fuzhou/Hangzhou, Sept.

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A strip of bedrock located in the eastern area of Canada's Hudson Bay was discovered to have the oldest rocks on Earth, said scientists on Thursday. The rocks were formed about 4.28 billion years ago, shortly after the planet was created. It might even contain evidence of movement by ancient creatures.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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