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Science News Archive - September 09, 2008

Conservation volunteers can give rangers a helping hand at Decoy Country Park, near Newton Abbot, on Wednesday. They'll be carrying out fencing repairs around the wildlife area for five hours from 10am. Volunteers are advised to bring a packed lunch and wear suitable outdoor clothing.

Five people were rescued from a car as heavy rain caused flash floods in parts of the Westcountry over the weekend. The wet weather kept Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service busy, pumping water from properties and responding to incidents.

By Jenny Stocks A dyslexic Cornish teenager who excels in chemistry has blazed a trail for fellow pupils who want to take their AS-level exam early. Sam Dunn, 16, from Fowey School, embarked on his AS in chemistry at just 15 - while he was studying for his GCSEs.

Talks are being held about the mess left behind at Torre Abbey Meadows after the fair moved on last week. As the Anderton and Rowland fair left Torquay, the waterlogged and muddy ground has been left in need of repair.

By BEKAH PORTER Rain drops splattered on the pavement. As the drizzle continued, a layer of water formed on the road outside the Swiss Valley Nature Center near Peosta, Iowa. With the water, another element appeared - about a half-dozen men in raincoats scouring the driveway.

By Andy Piper Pet Park relocation delayed by red tape When the Dubuque City Council voted in March to relocate the pet park from Grandview Avenue to another site, Leisure Services Manager Gil Spence hoped movement would begin in July. The project, however, is not running at greyhound speed.

By Sarah Wienke The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court ruled in favor of St. Peters in a lawsuit filed against the city by the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.

The D.C. Circuit has struck down a Bush administration rule barring states and local governments from requiring increased air pollution monitoring. The 2-1 ruling invalidated a two-year-old rule.

By Allison M Heinrichs On a muggy, late-summer day, about the time 9-to-5 employees are heading home from work, Nida Lapsys was just getting started. Clipboard in hand, she climbed a steep driveway to a single- story ranch house in Upper St. Clair and knocked. No answer.

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn issued the following statement regarding a new Pacific Institute report on agricultural water use efficiency. "We agree that California must invest in water use efficiency in all sectors and at every level.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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