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Crustacean Sand-dwellers Suffering Localized Extinctions In Southern California
2013-07-18 11:14:11

University of California - Santa Barbara Two types of small beach critters -- both cousins of the beloved, backyard roly-poly -- are suffering localized extinctions in Southern California at an alarming rate, says a new study by UC Santa Barbara scientists. As indicator species for beach biodiversity at large, their disappearance suggests a looming threat to similar sand-dwelling animals across the state and around the world. Led by David Hubbard and Jenifer Dugan of UCSB's Marine...

Oil Eating Bacteria Help Clean Up Deepwater Horizon Disaster
2012-09-12 15:06:11

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Deepwater Horizon, an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible off-shore drilling rig was an engineering marvel that set the record for drilling the world´s deepest oil well in September 2009. The roughly 7-mile-deep well is now infamous for being the site of the single largest off-shore oil spill in history, a disaster that captured the attention of world media for over 3 months. While BP has accepted...

2008-08-07 15:00:49

By FROMA HARROP IN A RARE BURST of bipartisan consensus, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have agreed on a dreadful proposal: Open more of America's fragile coastlines to offshore oil drilling. How is it awful? Let me count the ways. 1. It will do nothing for today's or tomorrow's pump prices. The U.S. Energy Department says it: Drilling in these previously banned offshore areas "would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices...

2008-07-17 21:00:23

By Daniel Weintraub It has been nearly 40 years since a well a half-mile beneath the Pacific off the shore of Santa Barbara blew a gasket, spewing 200,000 gallons of gooey black oil over 800 square miles of ocean and fouling 35 miles of coastline. But even in a fast-changing world where memories are short, the Santa Barbara oil spill in January 1969 still stands as a vivid reminder of the risks from offshore oil development. Californians don't forget when you mess with their beaches....

2008-07-14 06:00:00

By William M. Welch SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Almost 40 years later, James "Bud" Bottoms can't forget the day the Pacific's waves turned calm, birds disappeared, and a thick layer of black goo slid across the white beach and harbor beneath his front window. "We thought our world had come to an end," Bottoms says. "People would go to the beach and just cry. ... No waves. Just that thick goo on the flat water." For longtime residents of this wealthy seaside community north of Los Angeles, the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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