Science News Archive - September 28, 2008

By STEVEN G VEGH By Steven G. Vegh The Virginian-Pilot BARHAMSVILLE On a finger of lakeside forest at Makemie Woods, a Presbyterian camp, stout birch and oak trees stretch heavenward, trunks tied with blue ribbon. At their base, decaying leaves and twigs return to the Earth.

By Wendy Leonard Deseret News Increasing efforts by the University of Utah to become a more green campus seem to be paying off, according to nationwide survey of environmental practices on campuses.

Text of report in English by independent, non-governmental Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website ["Gazan Fishermen's Boat Sunk by Israeli Fire in Local Waters" - Ma'an headline] Gaza -Ma'an -Shots were fired by the Israeli military on Gazan fishermen off the Rafah shore on Sunday afternoon [28 September], sinking the fishing boat and endangering the lives of those aboard.

By James Thalman Deseret News SOUTH SALT LAKE -- It looks every bit like a brand-new kids playground, but it's the revived heart of the neighborhood to the children, their parents and the mayor who attended Saturday's ribbon- cutting ceremony at Fitts Park.

By DEIRDRE FERNANDES By Deirdre Fernandes The Virginian-Pilot Virginia beach Buddhist monks and their followers have filed a federal lawsuit in the hopes of forcing the city to let them resume worshipping at their home in rural Pungo.

By JUAN A LOZANO CUTLINES Gina Hadley sifts through her destroyed home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike on Wednesday in Galveston, Texas. Residents were allowed to return to the island Wednesday. David J.

Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a way to quickly and reversibly fine-tune the activity of individual proteins in cells and living mammals, providing a powerful new laboratory tool for identifying -- more precisely than ever before -- the functions of different proteins.

Wildlife biologist Brian Tefft, founding chairman of the West Greenwich Land Trust, is scheduled to lead a nature walk next Sunday as part of Celebrate West Greenwich Day. The event will start at 1 p.m. at Hidden Meadow Farm, 120 Breakheart Hill Rd. in West Greenwich.

I saw an article the other day saying that outsourcing has come to the newsroom. Reuters now has reporters in India filing U.S. business stories to U.S. publications, while various newspapers here have "offshored" editing and press release rewrites to low-wage countries to save costs.

Ron Henderson, a key contributor to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Forest Park, will address the Rhode Island Tree Council's 16th annual conference at the Aldrich Dexter Mansion on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Word of the Day
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.