Latest ARS Stories

2010-12-02 09:48:20

By Don Comis, ARS Rain gardens are increasingly popular with homeowners and municipalities and are mandatory for many communities nationally. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are finding ways to improve rain gardens so they not only reduce runoff, but also keep toxic metals out of storm drains. Rain gardens are plantings in depressions that catch stormwater runoff from sidewalks, parking lots, roads and roofs. Rain gardens come in various shapes and sizes, from large basins...

2010-11-17 11:07:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ARS®/Rescue Rooter®, a privately held, nationwide provider of plumbing, drain cleaning, air conditioning and heating, announces the company's new Exceptional Service Guarantee. "One-hundred percent customer satisfaction is what we strive for every day," explains Elizabeth Young, Director of Marketing and Customer Satisfaction. "This guarantee was designed to reinforce to our customers that we stand behind...

2010-10-15 16:48:54

ChoiceBatter's® transformation from a federal laboratory bench technology to a grocery shelf product is among topics that will be discussed here today by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials and other participants attending the 17th annual conference of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF). ChoiceBatter®, the brand name for a line of low oil-uptake batters marketed by CrispTek, LLC, of Columbia, Md., is based on a rice-flour...

2010-09-22 11:25:06

By Dennis O'Brien, ARS With the help of genetic materials from a cow's rumen, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are developing new ways to break down plant fibers for conversion into biofuel. To convert corn stover and switchgrass into biofuel, the plant fibers must first be broken down into sugars. But cell wall polymers are cross-linked in various ways that make them very resistant to breaking down, according to Dominic Wong, a chemist at the USDA Agricultural Research...

2010-09-08 11:11:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Some plumbing problems require immediate assistance from a licensed professional, but for non-emergency plumbing tips and advice, ARS®/Rescue Rooter®, a privately held, nationwide provider of a plumbing, drain cleaning, air conditioning and heating, offers Home Connect. This free online service puts homeowners in contact with experienced, licensed plumbing professionals who can answer questions about home plumbing...

2010-07-01 06:48:24

New bean germplasm lines containing heat, drought and disease tolerance are being released by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and cooperators. ARS geneticist Tim Porch, with the agency's Tropical Agricultural Research Station in Mayagez, Puerto Rico, has recently released two new kidney bean germplasm lines, named TARS HT-1 and TARS HT-2, that are tolerant to high temperature conditions. These new releases are part of collaborative breeding efforts with Cornell University, the...

2010-05-05 11:49:09

Using herbicides to sterilize rather than to kill weedy grasses might be a more economical and environmentally sound weed control strategy, according to a study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and a cooperator. Rangeland ecologist Matt Rinella at the ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, Mont., conducted the study with colleagues at Miles City and Robert Masters with Dow AgroSciences LLC, in Indianapolis, Ind. Exotic annual grasses such as...

2010-01-20 11:57:04

A study conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists provides additional confirmation that meat and tissue from pigs exposed to two strains of the 2009 novel pandemic H1N1 virus did not contain virus. The results were published today in the Public Library of Science's online journal, PLoS ONE. The study was conducted by scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the agency's National Animal Disease Center, part of the USDA National Centers for Animal Health...

2010-01-12 08:38:09

Contact lens wearers may remember headlines from a few years ago about molds that can live on the lenses and may cause debilitating eye infections. What lens users may not have known: Agricultural Research Service (ARS) experts at the agency's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Ill., did the detective work necessary to precisely identify the Fusarium molds responsible for what was then a newly emerging medical problem worldwide. The researchers derived the...

2008-08-15 03:00:13

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Media: Joseph Evangelisti, 212-270-7438 joseph.evangelisti@jpmchase.com or Investors: Julia Bates, 212-270-3801 julia.b.bates@jpmorgan.com JPMorgan Chase & Co. ("JPMorgan Chase") announced today that, as part of the Firm's ongoing commitment to the its customers and as part of an agreement in principle to settle investigations by the New York State Attorney General's Office and the Office of Financial Regulation of the State of Florida (on behalf...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'