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Science News Archive - September 28, 2008

During my recent vacation in Rhode Island, I passed the Providence Journal building and saw the plaque indicating the high water mark of the 1938 hurricane. With the 70th anniversary last week, I couldn't help but think back to that fateful day.

By AMANDA MILKOVITS; and ALISHA A PINA Hurricane Kyle is predicted to pass east of Nantucket, but its effects may drop another inch or two of rain on already soaked Rhode Island.

By Amanda Milkovits "I've been to a lot of hurricanes, and this is the worst I've ever seen," says Brooke Lawrence, of West Greenwich.

By LAUREN KING By Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK When Seaman Daniel Miles first flew into Galveston, Texas, from his ship a week ago, he didn't see the damage from Hurricane Ike that was depicted in news reports.

Four hundred people are still listed as missing in the wake of Hurricane Ike, with more than 200 of them from Galveston Island, Texas, officials say. Sixty of the missing lived on the hard-hit Bolivar Peninsula, a Gulf of Mexico beachfront community.

By LOVELL-SMITH Mary The foundation of any garden is its soil, a given but not always an apparent one. For too many years and through many gardens I took for granted that soil, sun and water was all a plant needed to grow. Then I learnt to feed my garden. I compiled composts of varying success.

The state of North Carolina is buying Grandfather Mountain and portions of the surrounding area to help protect the region, officials say. Grandfather Mountain Inc.

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A team of mathematicians at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has discovered the world’s largest known prime number.

By NICK SABO By NICK SABO Staff Writer MILLERSBURG -- Attorneys representing the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are asking a Holmes County judge to reconsider his findings and place the Holmes County commissioners in contempt for alleged wastewater treatment plant violations.

By Sean Maher By Sean Maher STAFF WRITER OAKLAND -- Hoping to prevent mutated and sex-altered fish and other aquatic life in Bay Area waters, a crew of environmentalists set up shop in Jack London Square Sunday to collect several pounds of unwanted personal medication for proper incineration.

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'.