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2007-05-25 07:59:27

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new exhibit that really dishes the dirt is in the planning stages at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Seeking to plow new fields of knowledge, the Fertilizer Institute announced it is making a $1 million grant to the museum to create an exhibit on soil science. "Through our sponsorship of the exhibit, we hope the museum's over 6 million visitors annually will gain a greater appreciation of the role modern agriculture plays in sustaining healthy soils,"...

2007-02-21 11:15:00

WASHINGTON -- It's a mystery even for researchers at the Smithsonian Institution: What happened to the huge crowds at the National Air and Space Museum? The estimated number of visitors to the museum plunged to about 5 million in 2006 from a six-year high of 9.4 million in 2003, according to the latest attendance report from the museum complex. And the decline has been far sharper than that of the overall Smithsonian, which includes 18 museums and the National Zoo. Last year, attendance at...

2006-01-29 15:25:00

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. -- High altitude, low population and little light pollution make the Adirondacks a stargazer's dream location. Look up from New York's northern forest and with the naked eye watch a cascade of stars. With a good telescope, see the rings of Saturn in color. Subzero winter nights are particularly good, with low humidity and clear, magnified skies, amateur astronomer Mark Staves said. That's when he likes to take his telescope outside in Tupper Lake. Staves, fellow amateur...

2005-10-18 18:33:50

Interactive health websites can help people live with their chronic illness, according to a UCL (University College London) review of studies on internet health. Contrary to the UCL group's original findings, the review "“ published by the Cochrane Library and revised after being found to contain errors - shows that people who use interactive health programs and websites generally have a better health outcome than non-users. The UCL paper reviewed studies on how computer programs...

2005-09-10 06:55:00

HOUSTON -- The thousands of evacuees who have called the Houston Astrodome home for the past week are expected to get their own apartments in Houston and other cities across the country soon. More than 2,000 of the New Orleans refugees who fled the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina have already been placed in apartment complexes throughout Houston, and another 2,000 will be moving to new accommodations next week, said Guy Rankin, head of the Katrina Housing Task Force. Another 8,000...

2005-09-05 16:53:09

By Adam Tanner HOUSTON (Reuters) - The mayor of Houston, the largest New Orleans flood refugee center, said on Monday that the flow of people out of the devastated region to the nation's fourth largest city may have peaked. "My sense is today or last night or the day before is the peak," Mayor Bill White told Reuters in an interview at the Houston convention center, which houses about 2,000 mostly black refugees. "There are still people coming in, but there are a lot of people going...

2005-07-26 12:20:00

LONDON -- Forget expensive presents or costly jewelry. Wining and dining is the best way for men to woo women, scientists said on Tuesday. Researchers at Imperial College London developed a mathematical formula and modeled courtship as a sequential game to find the best way to impress the ladies. Their results show that offering an expensive present signals the man's serious intentions but he must be wary of being exploited by gold-diggers who will dump him after receiving the gift. "Guys are...

2005-07-24 12:45:09

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany plans to introduce a ban on flights by private planes over central Berlin after a small aircraft crashed on Friday near the Reichstag parliament building and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's office. "We will introduce a no-fly zone for recreational planes over the government quarter," German Transport Minister Manfred Stolpe told a news conference on Sunday. "This will prevent hobby pilots and private planes from flying over the area near the Reichstag and the...

2005-07-11 06:23:33

LONDON (Reuters) - The first two victims of last week's London bombings were formally identified on Monday. Susan Levy, 53, a mother-of-two from Hertfordshire, north of London, was named by police while University College London (UCL) said its employee Gladys Wundowa had also been killed. Levy was on the Piccadilly line train that was hit between Russell Square and Kings Cross last Thursday. She had traveled to central London with her son James, 23, but they parted at Finsbury Park. "We...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Palomar Observatory -- Owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology, a privately endowed educational and research institution located in Pasadena, California, and is used to support the scientific research programs of Caltech's faculty and students. The principal instruments at Palomar are the 200-inch Hale Telescope, the 48-inch Oschin Telescope, the 18-inch Schmidt telescope, and the 60-inch reflecting telescope (operated jointly by Caltech and the Carnegie Institute of...

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