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2010-12-22 08:13:58

In the minds of many, Miscanthus x giganteus is the forerunner in the race of viable feedstock options for lignocellulosic bioenergy production. But researchers believe "putting all their eggs in one basket" could be a big mistake. Scientists at the University of Illinois recently reported the first natural occurrence in several decades of Miscanthus hybrid plants in Japan. "If M. x giganteus is the only variety available, there are certainly risks involved such as diseases or pests causing...

2009-02-05 15:50:00

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationally syndicated sports radio hosts The 2 Live Stews are challenging urban broadcasting personalities to join them in getting their listeners, particularly African American men, to support their favorite charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Doug and Ryan Stewart, who are biological brothers, have been Big Brothers for several years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Atlanta. While more than a third of the Little Brothers served by the Big...

2008-09-24 15:00:30

By BASHAM, Laura The dairy industry says it needs smart self-starters who want to get into a rewarding and satisfying career. Reporter Laura Basham meets three who are giving dairying a go on a Matariki farm. ------- ------------- Take a forestry worker, a builder's labourer and a conservation worker and turn them into dairy farmers. That is the challenge at Phil and Jocelyn Riley's farm on Wangapeka Rd as the newcomers get to grips with their jobs. Jamie Mehrtens, 31, made a career...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'