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Science News Archive - September 30, 2008

A dead porpoise was found washed up on a Brixham beach on Thursday - the fourth found on Devon beaches this month. The animals have been found at Bigbury, Beesands, Scabbacombe and, most recently, St Mary's beach near Sharkham Point, Brixham.

Arable farmer Geoff Buckle is proud to farm some of East Yorkshire's most productive land. There is nothing more rewarding for him than harvesting bumper crops of wheat, barley, peas and oilseed rape.

A westcountry zoo has been so successful in breeding critically endangered exotic monkeys that it is sending a pair to France to help conserve the species. Newquay Zoo has been breeding the pied tamarins, one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world.

Four huge lagoons could be built in North Hykeham and Gainsborough to recycle landfill waste into plant food.

By Bob Frye A revamped proposal to significantly increase the penalties for poaching has been introduced in the state legislature. Rep. Ed Staback, the Lackawanna County Democrat who chairs the House Game and Fisheries Committee, originally sponsored the House Bill 2205 in the spring.

By Paul Peirce Donegal is among dams that are unsafe, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. Donegal Township officials are concerned that Donegal Lake, a popular spot for boaters, anglers and picnickers, could be drained next year unless needed repairs are made on its dam.

By Sean Ryan The Kinnickinnic River is too shallow for barges, so contractors stabilizing the stream bank must tiptoe around trees when carving paths to access the work sites.

The polluted Chesapeake Bay is struggling to hold its own, despite 25 years of cleanup efforts, The Baltimore Sun said.

By Garcia-Robledo, Carlos Staines, Charles L INTRODUCTION IT IS suggested that rolled-leaf hispine beetles (Hispinae, Coleoptera) and plants from the order Zingiberales maintained a highly specialized plant-herbivore interaction for >60 My.

By Farrelly, Maura Jane IN the spring of 1831, Methodist minister John Price Durbin delivered an evangelical sermon that assumed his listeners were familiar with the basic rules of science.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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