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2005-07-09 10:17:09

Widely used sealants add carcinogens to local streams, study finds America's love affair with the road may be polluting its fields and streams: Researchers say runoff from sealant-covered parking lots and driveways can flood nearby water systems with known carcinogens. Chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) pose well-known health risks to animals and humans and are released in automobile exhaust, lubricating oils and from tire use. Now, a joint study by the U.S. Geological...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.