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2010-04-14 05:18:00

CARRABELLE, Fla., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- For three hours, firefighters from the Carrabelle, Lanark and Apalachicola, Florida, filled sand bags to build a forty-five foot long storm surge wall. The training exercise was conducted using newly developed bright blue and yellow high tech sand bags. The new wedge-shaped, wide mouth sand bags were a hit with the fire crews. The wall went up in half the time and nobody got their fingers cut and bruised trying to fill narrow mouth conventional...

2009-10-28 16:00:00

MONTREAL, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Co-Founder and the Chief Executive of SAND Technology, Arthur Ritchie, announced today that on reaching the age of 65, he plans to retire and step down as CEO by the end of October. He has agreed to remain as the company's Chairman working in an advisory capacity. Additionally he will focus on assisting the CEO's smooth transition including strengthening existing customer and partner relationships. On behalf of the entire board and employees,...

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2009-10-23 14:22:44

While most people head to Myrtle Beach for vacation, a group of scientists have been hitting the famous South Carolina beach for years to figure out how to keep the sand from washing away. Although they studied only a limited segment of beach, their work is a model for beach preservation that can apply elsewhere. And with talk of "balancing the sand budget" and money saved on restoration, their findings sound financial. The study will be presented to scientists from around the world at the...

2009-08-12 12:45:08

After a day at the beach, or before eating while on the beach, U.S. scientists advise washing hands before eating to reduce illness. The study, released by the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va., found hand rinsing -- submerging the hands in clean water four times -- removed more than 99 percent of the bacteria E. coli and associated viruses found on hands digging sand on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Our mothers were right! Cleaning our hands before eating really works,...

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2009-07-16 15:10:00

A study published in the July 17 issue of the journal Science details how sandfish -- small lizards with smooth scales -- move rapidly underground through desert sand. In this first thorough examination of subsurface sandfish locomotion, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology found that the animals place their limbs against their sides and create a wave motion with their bodies to propel themselves through granular media. "When started above the surface, the animals dive into...

2009-07-10 13:58:52

U.S. beach goers who play in the sand are at greater risk of diarrhea and gastrointestinal diseases than those who just walk on sand, scientists said. Beach sand can contain indicators of fecal contamination, said Chris Heaney, a postdoctoral epidemiology student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Heaney's study showed children run the greatest risk of illness after a day at the beach because they are more likely than adults to dig enthusiastically and get sand in their mouth,...

2009-06-30 15:44:53

University of Chicago researchers have discovered dry granular materials such as sand, seeds and grains have properties similar to liquid. The physicists from the university's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center said the granular materials form water-like droplets when poured from a given source. The researchers said their finding could be important to a wide range of industries that use fluidized dry particles. It was previously thought dry particles lacked sufficient surface...

2009-06-24 09:44:00

U.S. Silica expands production of fracturing (frac) sand for the oil and gas markets BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Silica Company has begun the construction of a new process facility to expand its production of OTTAWA WHITE(TM) fracturing (frac) sands for the oil and gas markets. The new facility at U.S. Silica's Ottawa, IL plant, which will be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2009, will increase the plant's capacity to produce ISO/API specification frac sand by more...

2009-06-11 16:58:00

WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Argus Rail Business, a specialist business publication covering the freight rail industry published by Argus Media, has named the Michigan Shore Railroad and Sargent Sand as the winners of its prestigious Win-Win Award. Launched in 1998, the annual award is given to railroads, shippers and organizations that develop innovative partnerships leading to improved service, efficiency and other mutually beneficial service advancements. The latest award...

2009-04-29 10:43:42

Police arrested a 70-year-old man in Siesta Key, Fla., for protesting the use of brown replacement sand on a beach of white sand, his wife says. Anne Overbeck said her husband, Jim, was arrested when he threw his body on top of a pile of the brown sand to stop a bulldozer from blending the off-color sand into Siesta Beach's white quartz sand, the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune said Wednesday. He said he wanted to make a point, Overbeck said after her husband's arrest Tuesday. Two dump truck...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'