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  • Megaherbs Flourished In Antarctica

    03/27/2008 7:23:10 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 625+ views
    ABC Science News ^ | 3-19-2008 | Stephen Pincock
    Megaherbs flourished in Antarctica Wednesday, 19 March 2008 Stephen Pincock, ABC This daisy-like 'megaherb' may have once grown in Antarctica 2 million years ago before spreading north when the last ice age started (Source: David Norton) Giant flowers found on Australia and New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands are probably survivors of lush forests that covered Antarctica before the beginning of the last ice age nearly 2 million years ago, scientists say. The flowers, known to researchers as megaherbs, grow abundantly on the tiny windswept islands such as the Snares, Auckland and Campbell island groups. Dr Steve Wagstaff from Landcare Research in...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- It's ALMOST April!

    03/27/2008 1:32:50 PM PDT · by Gabz · 64 replies · 758+ views
    Garden Girl | 3/27/08 | Garden Girl
    Wow! February was sure a weather rollercoaster. Not just for us, but for most of the country, and indeed the world, with record snows and cold temperatures recorded in many places. So much for glo-bull warming! Face it, scientists-who-think-you-know-everything! Weather is weather, and mankind has no control over it, no influence on it whatsoever. We can record it, and complain about it, compare this year to that year. Bottom line is—the weather and the climate cycle as they will, hotter sometimes, colder sometimes. Wetter sometimes, dryer sometimes. All the hype, whichever way it goes, sounds suspiciously like a retelling of...
  • 'SEXIST' PROTESTERS DISRUPT HILLARY (UPDATE - protester admits to being a Republican)

    01/07/2008 9:08:50 PM PST · by digger48 · 195 replies · 918+ views
    NYDaily News ^ | Jan 7, 2008 | Michael McAulifft
    A couple of yahoos interrupted Hillary Clinton’s speech tonight in Salem by waving big signs and chanting “Iron my shirts!” Clinton asked that the lights be turned on, apparently to see them better and declared. “Oh the remnants of sexism, alive and well tonight,” to applause. She then talked about breaking glass ceilings, before joking as the pair were hustled out: “If there’s anybody in the audience who wants to learn to iron his own shirt, we can talk about that.” We ask what the heck they were thinking. Nick Gemelli, who is 21, and born at least a...
  • CNN Defends Loading Republican Presidential Debate with Democrat Questioners

    12/01/2007 7:47:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 384+ views
    The Arizona Conservative ^ | December 1, 2007 | John Semmens
    If you thought there was something odd about CNN's YouTube Republican presidential debate you are correct. As it turns out, at least nine of the “undecided Republican voters” have subsequently been identified as Democrats who have taken stands in support of one or another of the current Democratic presidential candidates. CNN President Jonathan Klein was quick to defend loading the questions in this fashion. “Who better to show the unsuitability of these Republican candidates than knowledgeable Democrats?” Klein asked. “The American people deserve to see these poseurs exposed to critical scrutiny. Our only disappointment is that the revelation of the...
  • Democrat Plants in the Republican Debates?

    11/30/2007 4:23:59 AM PST · by Alaphiah123 · 1 replies · 64+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 11/30/07 | Alaphiah
    [W]hy is anyone surprised and why would anyone think that after Democrats refused to debate on the Fox News Network that Democrats are fair and balanced? Fox’s debates incidentally were co-sponsored by the exclusively Black Liberal Democrat Congressional black caucus, but Democrats were so hell bent on disparaging Fox that it didn’t matter. So why wouldn’t anyone think that Democrats would try the dirty tricks that they delusionally projected onto Fox News and Conservatives? I did.
  • Plant ideas: Lets freep Clinton events with potted plant merchandise

    11/29/2007 8:55:02 PM PST · by Benjamin Harrison · 1 replies · 116+ views
    11/29/07 | Benjamin Harrison
    I have some ideas on how we can capitalize on the Hillary plants
  • CNN: The Last Name In News

    11/29/2007 7:55:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 70+ views
    Contentions ^ | 11.29.2007 | John Podhoretz
    I only saw a little of the Republican presidential debate last night, which featured video questions sent in through YouTube selected by CNN. There’s a lot of griping this morning about how the debate was an embarrassment and a bad night for the GOP in general because CNN chose questions that were either defiantly peculiar, beneath contempt, or freakish. I wonder if there’s a little oversensitivity at work here, because the great surprise of the first YouTube debate in September, featuring Democrats, was how substantive it was and how it forced the Democratic field to engage for the first time...
  • Digging out more CNN/YouTube plants: (at least four plants exposed so far)

    11/29/2007 2:16:26 AM PST · by rawhide · 284 replies · 2,695+ views ^ | November 29, 2007 12:47 AM | Michelle Malkin
    Abortion questioner is declared Edwards supporter (and a slobbering Anderson Cooper fan); Log Cabin Republican questioner is declared Obama supporter; lead toy questioner is a prominent union activist for the Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers
  • Carnivorous Plants Use Pitchers Of 'Slimy Saliva' To Catch Their Prey

    11/24/2007 4:17:25 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 4,323+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 11-24-2007 | Public Library of Science.
    Carnivorous Plants Use Pitchers Of 'Slimy Saliva' To Catch Their Prey ScienceDaily (Nov. 24, 2007) — Carnivorous plants supplement the meager diet available from the nutrient-poor soils in which they grow by trapping and digesting insects and other small arthropods. Pitcher plants of the genus Nepenthes were thought to capture their prey with a simple passive trap but in a paper in PLoS One, Laurence Gaume and Yoel Forterre, a biologist and a physicist from the CNRS, working respectively in the University of Montpellier and the University of Marseille, France show that they employ slimy secretions to doom their victims.Pitcher...
  • The Secret Plant Life Of Democratic Frontrunners (Hillary caught again)

    11/11/2007 7:41:48 AM PST · by jdm · 42 replies · 56+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Nov. 10, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    I know Hillary Clinton sponsored federal funding for the Woodstock Museum, but who knew she took Joni Mitchell's song about the concert so literally? Apparently heeding the lyrical call to "get back to the garden", Hillary's team has plants popping up all over the campaign trail: For the second time in as many days, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has had to deal with accusations of planting questions during public appearances, FOX News has learned. In a telephone interview Saturday, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, said he was approached by Clinton campaign worker Chris Hayler to ask a question about how she was...
  • GM May Close 2 More Plants Under Deal

    09/30/2007 9:04:01 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 6 replies · 105+ views ^ | 09/30/07 | AP
    DETROIT (AP) — The tentative contract between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers would allow GM to close a plant each in Michigan and Indiana and possibly shut down several other facilities, according to a detailed copy of the agreement. The moves are the downside of job security pledges that the UAW won in the negotiations, including commitments for new products at 16 plants. About 74,000 hourly GM workers will vote on the pact starting this week, with a final tally to be done by Oct. 10. Gregg Shotwell, a GM worker and frequent critic of the UAW,...
  • Advanced biofuels: Ethanol, schmethanol

    09/27/2007 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 619+ views
    The Economist ^ | September 27, 2007 | The Economist
    Everyone seems to think that ethanol is a good way to make cars greener. Everyone is wrong SOMETIMES you do things simply because you know how to. People have known how to make ethanol since the dawn of civilisation, if not before. Take some sugary liquid. Add yeast. Wait. They have also known for a thousand years how to get that ethanol out of the formerly sugary liquid and into a more or less pure form. You heat it up, catch the vapour that emanates, and cool that vapour down until it liquefies. The result burns. And when Henry Ford...
  • Plants' Cleanup May Create Side-Effect (landfills w/ millions more tons of potentially harmful ash)

    08/26/2007 7:10:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 403+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/26/07 | Anna Jo Bratton - ap
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- As the nation's coal-fired power plants work to create cleaner skies, they'll likely fill up landfills with millions more tons of potentially harmful ash. More than one-third of the ash generated at the country's hundreds of coal-fired plants is now recycled -- mixed with cement to build highways or used to stabilize embankments, among other things. But in a process being used increasingly across the nation, chemicals are injected into plants' emissions to capture airborne pollutants. That, in turn, changes the composition of the ash and cuts its usefulness. It can't be used in cement, for...
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)

    07/05/2007 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 624+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 3, 2007 | Chee Chee Leung
    HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species. The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report. Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species". They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be...
  • Mystery of the Earth's Oldest Trees Unraveled

    06/14/2007 10:02:32 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Newswise ^ | Friday April 20, 2007 | Binghamton University, State University of New York
    William Stein, associate professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University... and his colleagues offer new insights into the world's oldest trees found in an area cited as home to the Earth's oldest forest. Located near the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County, NY, the region has yielded tremendous tree trunks from the Devonian era, meaning they're roughly 380 million years old. These trunks have been studied by paleobotanists for about a century, but scientists could only guess what the tops of the trees looked like... The fossil, more than 12 feet long, offered the first evidence of how big and complex...
  • The Mathematical Lives of Plants

    05/10/2007 10:22:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 49 replies · 1,371+ views
    Science News Online ^ | Week of May 5, 2007 | Julie J. Rehmeyer
    The seeds of a sunflower, the spines of a cactus, and the bracts of a pine cone all grow in whirling spiral patterns. Remarkable for their complexity and beauty, they also show consistent mathematical patterns that scientists have been striving to understand. Each yellow nub in the center of this daisy is actually its own miniature flower, complete with a full set of reproductive organs. The buds form interlocking clockwise and counterclockwise spirals.Scott Hotton A surprising number of plants have spiral patterns in which each leaf, seed, or other structure follows the next at a particular angle called the golden...
  • High School Senior Wins Scholarship (new area of mathematics called string topology)

    12/04/2006 3:04:01 PM PST · by xtinct · 3 replies · 379+ views
    Newsday ^ | 12-4-06 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK -- A high school senior from Oregon won a $100,000 scholarship at one of the nation's premier high school science competitions on Monday for his research in a new area of mathematics called string topology. The research conducted by Dmitry Vaintrob, 18, a student at South Eugene High School in Eugene, Ore., could provide knowledge that mathematicians and physicists might apply to understand electricity, magnetism and gravity, judges at the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology said. "His work is at the Ph.D. level, publishable and already attracting the attention of researchers," said competition judge Michael Hopkins,...
  • Hail to the hornworts: New plant family tree sheds light on evolution of life cycles

    10/04/2006 10:25:43 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 105 replies · 1,105+ views
    University of Michigan ^ | October 4, 2006 | Staff
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—In the history of life on earth, one intriguing mystery is how plants made the transition from water to land and then went on to diversify into the array of vegetation we see today, from simple mosses and liverworts to towering redwoods. A research team led by University of Michigan evolutionary biologist Yin-Long Qiu has new findings that help resolve long-debated questions about the origin and evolution of land plants. The work will be published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Two major steps kicked off the chain of events that helped...
  • Fort, center settle suit on bio pact (Ft Huachuca vs. Center for Bio-Diversity)

    09/20/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — A federal judge has approved a lawsuit settlement in which the post and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will renegotiate a biological opinion. “Fort Huachuca’s proactive decision to re-initiate consultation was instrumental in the Center for Biological Diversity and the Army agreeing to settle the lawsuit involving activities at Fort Huachuca and the impact of these activities on the San Pedro River basin,” post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Tuesday. Jeff Humphrey, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman in Phoenix, said the settlement was signed Friday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson, who is assigned to...
  • Turkey plans to build 3 nuclear plants

    06/20/2006 11:02:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 555+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/06 | AP
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister announced plans Tuesday to build three nuclear power plants by 2015 to meet the country's growing energy needs. Turkey has limited energy resources, relying on natural gas supplies from Iran and Russia. "As a country whose energy consumption is increasing rapidly, we want to benefit from nuclear energy as soon as possible," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an energy conference in Istanbul. "We foresee the building of three nuclear power plants by 2015." Turkey has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and strict agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mohamed El-Baradei, head of...
  • Plants Predict Where Rumbling Volcanoes Will Blow

    06/09/2006 1:11:03 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 583+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-9-2006
    Plants predict where rumbling volcanoes will blow 09 June 2006 news service WANT to know where a rumbling volcano is likely to split at the seams? Look for the tallest and greenest plants. Vigorous plant growth on the flanks of a volcano like that at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, can indicate where magma is most likely to spurt out. Satellite images reveal that shrubs and trees grow taller and greener along stripes where the volcano eventually ruptures. Nicolas Houlié from the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues studied satellite images of Mount Etna in Sicily and Mount Nyiragongo...
  • Water Treatment Plants Near Completion

    04/26/2006 11:33:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 245+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Cassandra Groce
    U.S. Army Maj. John Weibe inspects a water plant near the small Iraqi village of Sahfrah. The plant is 95 percent completed. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cassandra Groce Water Treatment Plants Near Completion The plants are part of a project entitled Rihad Village Water Projects that is responsible for the construction of the new purification systems. By U.S. Army Spc. Cassandra Groce 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HAWIJA, Iraq, April 26, 2006 — The cliché, “Don’t drink the water” could easily apply to some of Iraq’s water supply. Clean water is a necessity with the lack of a...
  • Iran 'Covers Up Nuclear Plants'

    04/17/2006 6:38:35 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 535+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-18-2006 | Francis Harris
    Iran 'covers up nuclear plants' By Francis Harris in Washington (Filed: 18/04/2006) Iran has expanded its underground nuclear facilities and covered them with a 25ft protective layer of earth and concrete, it has been claimed. David Albright, a former United Nations weapons inspector who now works for the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, studied commercially available satellite images taken over a four-year period up to January this year. His conclusion was that the images showed that the Iranians were developing nuclear facilities, built underground to protect them from possible air strikes. The newly discovered work "is indicative...
  • Nature can help reduce greenhouse gas, but only to a point (Plants cause AND fix global warming)

    04/10/2006 8:15:36 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 5 replies · 362+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | April 10, 2006 | Northern Arizona University Staff
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.--Plants apparently do much less than previously thought to counteract global warming, according to a paper to be published in next week's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors, including Bruce Hungate of Northern Arizona University and lead author Kees-Jan van Groenigen of UC Davis, discovered that plants are limited in their impact on global warming because of their dependence on nitrogen and other trace elements. These elements are essential to photosynthesis, whereby plants remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the air and transfer carbon back into the soil.
  • Plant Amnesty...( THE HORROR!)

    01/20/2006 11:48:26 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 2 replies · 235+ views
    Plant Amnesty ^ | 1/20/2006 | Plant Amnesty
    PlantAmnesty was founded on October 22, 1987, by Cass Turnbull. PlantAmnesty’s mission is to end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs. Stop Shear Madness! Pruning Horror View The Madness Gallery To accomplish our mission we: * promote awareness and respect for plants. * encourage proper pruning techniques. * alert and educate the public. * improve landscape management practices. * volunteer in our communities. * provide a free referral/reference service.
  • Plants revealed as methane source

    01/17/2006 11:40:11 AM PST · by f zero · 30 replies · 832+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 11 January 2006 | Tim Hirsch
    Scientists in Germany have discovered that ordinary plants produce significant amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which helps trap the sun's energy in the atmosphere. The findings, reported in the journal Nature, have been described as "startling", and may force a rethink of the role played by forests in holding back the pace of global warming. And the BBC News Website has learned that the research, based on observations in the laboratory, appears to be corroborated by unpublished observations of methane levels in the Brazilian Amazon. Until now, it had been thought that natural sources of methane were mainly...
  • Scientists find plants cause global warming

    01/11/2006 8:22:53 PM PST · by Serious Capitalist · 25 replies · 2,357+ views
    Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics ^ | Jan 12, 2006 | Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
    Scientists find plants cause global warming 12 January 2006 LONDON: German scientists have discovered a new source of methane, a greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide in its impact on climate change. The culprits are plants. They produce about 10 to 30 per cent of the annual methane found in the atmosphere, according to researchers at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. The scientists measured the amount of methane released by plants in controlled experiments. They found it increases with rising temperatures and exposure to sunlight. "Significant methane emissions from both intact plants and...
  • Let a Thousand Reactors Bloom

    11/26/2005 9:12:47 AM PST · by Baby Driver · 14 replies · 793+ views
    September 2004 | Spencer Reiss
    Copyright restrictions apply, so you must read at site:
  • Plants redesigned to live in outer space

    10/25/2005 7:20:10 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 12 replies · 492+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10/25/05
    RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- North Carolina State University researchers are reportedly looking deep under water for clues on how to redesign plants for life deep in outer space. Related Headlines Transplanted corn gene protects rice (October 18, 2005) -- Kansas State University scientists say they've demonstrated resistance to bacterial streak disease in maize can be transferred to ... > full story Half-animal, half-plant microbe found (October 17, 2005) -- Japanese scientists have found a mysterious marine microbe, half the cells of which eat algae like animals while the rest perform photosynthesis like ... > full story Hot springs...
  • SOLAR WARMING UPDATE: Two Stories on the Environment

    10/10/2005 11:58:21 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 21 replies · 1,057+ views
    The Truth Detector ^ | October 10, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    Two Stories on the Environment October 10, 2005 Download Windows Media PlayerListen to Rush Conduct Broadcast Excellence (Highly Recommended by Poster) BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have a couple of environmental stories here that I want to share with you. First in the New York Times. The headline: "As Polar Ice Turns to Water, Dreams of Treasure Abound." The story is written from Churchill, Manitoba, which for those of you in Rio Linda, is Canada. A manatee is the sea cow. " It seems harsh to say that bad news for polar bears is good for Pat Broe. Mr. Broe,...
  • Endangered Plants Focus of New Study

    09/03/2005 4:38:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 505+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/05 | betsy Taylor - ap
    ST. LOUIS - A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery — and in hopes of preventing their disappearance. Those plants range from the Western lily to the Tennessee coneflower, says the Center for Plant Conservation. The center, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization comprising more than 30 botanical organizations around the country, was founded in 1984 to stop the extinction of native plants. Center officials said an analysis of this scale has never been performed before at a national level. The center estimates that about 2,000 U.S....
  • An idea sinkable even as it is floated (Russia plans to export floating nuclear power plants)

    08/01/2005 12:57:23 PM PDT · by dead · 32 replies · 1,173+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 2, 2005 | Miranda Darling
    Russia's plan to sell floating nuclear power plants carries an unacceptable risk, writes Miranda Darling. THE latest child of the global nuclear renaissance is a floating nuclear power plant. The Russians plan to power remote villages in far northern Russia with a number of these, the first of which will be ready by 2008. The Ministry for Atomic Energy (Minatom) also plans to export these plants to countries with underdeveloped infrastructure. China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines have reportedly shown interest. While nuclear power may well be a solution to global energy problems, the proposed Russian floating reactors have dangers...
  • Brazilian weed clogging U.S. lakes, rivers

    07/04/2005 12:22:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 829+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 3, 2005 | Michael Graczyk
    Texas is among areas trying to control fern since it can't root it outTOLEDO BEND RESERVOIR, Texas - One biologist compares the persistent green weed to “The Blob,” the title character in the 1950s sci-fi classic flick that grows and grows and consumes everything in its path. Other scientists describe the plant as looking like little heads of lettuce or squished green grapes. Then they use terms like noxious, invasive and just plain scary. Even the species name sounds sinister: salvinia molesta. No one has anything good to say about what’s more commonly known as giant salvinia, a Brazilian tropical...
  • Biotech Firms Fight Pollution With Plants

    07/03/2005 7:59:52 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 3 replies · 260+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | July 3, 2005 | PAUL ELIAS
    On the site of a former hat factory in Danbury, Conn., a stand of genetically altered cottonwood trees sucks mercury from the contaminated soil. Across the continent in California, researchers use transgenic Indian mustard plants to soak up dangerously high selenium deposits caused by irrigation of the nation's bread basket. Still others are engineering trees to retain more carbon and thus combat global warming. The gene jockeys conducting these exotic experiments envision a future in which plants can be used as an inexpensive, safer and more effective way of disposing of pollution. "Trees are really made for this ... we...
  • US and Russia clash over Iran nuclear plants [6 more plants?]

    06/29/2005 10:50:32 PM PDT · by familyop · 17 replies · 390+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | 29JUN05 | Jeremy Page
    Russia and the United States appeared to be on a collision course over Iran today after Moscow announced that it wanted to help Tehran’s new leadership to build six more nuclear plants. The announcement followed reports this week that the Bush administration was considering imposing sanctions on Russian and other companies suspected of helping weapons programmes in Iran, Syria or North Korea. Washington and Moscow have long been at odds over the involvement of AtomStroiExport and other Russian companies in constructing an $800 million, 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactor at Bushehr in southern Iran. But tensions have escalated since the election of...
  • Plant Experiments

    06/13/2005 3:34:28 PM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies · 830+ views
    My overcrowded inbox | A day or two ago | Rev. Muata Rasuli
    This came to me today via email. I thought it was very interesting. (The text of the email follows.) A friend of mine was raising Wheat Grass and decided to try an experiment that anyone can duplicate with relative ease. She had three trays of Wheat Grass. Tray A: She prayed for and sang to and had nothing but good things to say about. Tray B: She spoke to in the same manner that her grandmother addressed her as a child. This amounted to incessant criticism, shame and blame. To make it even more realistic she had to curse the...
  • AP: Few differences for new nuclear plants

    06/11/2005 7:57:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 786+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 6/11/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - The new-generation nuclear reactors being talked about after a pause of three decades are not much different from those of the past, though the designs should make them safer, more efficient and easier to build. Two designs likely to be pursued adopt a passive safety system requiring less involvement by operators to shut the system down and ensure that the reactor core doesn't overheat. A third design would have more redundant and isolated safety systems than current reactors plus a double-walled concrete containment dome better able to withstand an airplane crash. Still awaiting Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval, all...
  • Suit takes aim at fort, other agencies (EnviroNutz sue Army)

    06/02/2005 4:10:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 951+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | June 2, 2005 | DIANE SAUNDERS
    SIERRA VISTA - The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society are seeking court orders to force several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense and Fort Huachuca's commanding general, into compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act or the federal Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal district court in Tucson, names as defendants the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Defense and "Barbara Fast, in her official capacity as commanding general of Fort Huachuca."...
  • Britain may need another generation of nuclear power plants

    05/11/2005 8:11:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 420+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/05 | AFP - London
    LONDON (AFP) - Britain may need one more generation of nuclear power stations to help meet a target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the fight against global warming, the government's top science advisor has said. The comments by Sir David King in an interview with The Independent will anger green campaigners and raise concerns about a greater potential for nuclear accidents. "I've never been a great nuclear protagonist, because of concerns of waste and leakage, the cost of disposal, the decommissioning issue and the whole question of public acceptability," King told the newspaper. But he said the question of...
  • China's nuke know-how made in Canada

    05/06/2005 7:12:54 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 558+ views
    CFP ^ | May 6, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    The western world is only now waking to the nightmarish specter of China providing nuclear technology know-how to Pakistan and North Korea. China’s nuke know-how can be stamped: "Made in Canada". CANDU manufacturer, the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), is among other things, the Mother of all Proliferators. Reid Morden, former president and CEO of AECL, could star in his own made-for-television spy novel. Morden’s credentials in the spy industry come from Canada’s main intelligence agency, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service, an agency Morden headed up. "On October 13, 1995 the second phase of a Canadian deal with China...
  • For Arbor Day,go plant a tree (tomorrow is Arbor Day)

    04/28/2005 7:47:08 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 8 replies · 315+ views
    Obsever Reporter ^ | 04/28/05 | Editorial
      © 2005 Observer  Publishing Co.  Washington, PA       For Arbor Day, go plant a tree One gripe against development is that it tends to obliterate trees. Certainly, some developers make a conscious effort to work with the existing landscape, rather than against it. But just as often, the bulldozers roll in and the trees come down. That's nothing new. For example, only a single American elm remained on the once-forested site of Canon-McMillan High School after its construction nearly half a century ago. While that elm lives on in Canon-Mac lore, it's long gone, a victim of the dreaded...
  • Giant rare bloom gives off stench(big foul-smelling flower)

    04/24/2005 9:54:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 2,077+ views
    BBC News ^ | 04/21/05
    Giant rare bloom gives off stench   The plant is said to be the largest flower in the world A giant rare flower is emitting a stench of rotting flesh after blooming overnight. The titan arum at Kew Gardens, in west London, will keep its smelly bloom for only one or two days. Commonly known as the "corpse flower" by Indonesians in its native Sumatra, the blood-red flower is 2.11m tall and last bloomed at Kew in 2003. The stench, likened by one visitor to "dirty nappies", attracts the insects needed to pollinate the flower. The plant, Latin name...
  • Tornado takes out man's pot plants (bummer man!)

    04/14/2005 7:52:22 AM PDT · by bedolido · 118 replies · 1,451+ views
    azfamily ^ | 04/14/2005 | Associated Press
    PALM BAY, Fla. - A tornado that ripped through Geoffrey Crook's home didn't just tear away his roof. Authorities say it exposed his elaborate marijuana-growing operation. Crook, 41, was charged Tuesday with possession and manufacturing of cannabis after police officers served him with an arrest warrant at his job. He was released on $1,000 bond Tuesday night. The operation had lamps, hydroponic equipment and log books. Fifty-four marijuana plants neatly arranged in the master bedroom had a street value of about $8,000, authorities said. The operation was uncovered in February after a twister, with winds whipping up to 112 mph,...
  • Wherefore Art Thou Energy Policy?

    03/25/2005 8:00:25 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 375+ views
    The oil and wholesale gas prices suggest that we soon may be paying $3/gallon at the pump. In case you missed it, oil and wholesale gas prices hit all-time highs last week, with unleaded gas futures closing on Friday at roughly $1.58/gallon. As one can typically double this number to approximate what it might translate into at the retail level, this figure suggests that, some time soon, we are going to be paying $3.00 at the pump. Clearly, this news didn’t elude the president, who took the opportunity in a speech in Columbus, Ohio to propose some policy initiatives to...
  • Origami May Be an Art, but Nature Got There First

    03/22/2005 6:27:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 4,090+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 22, 2005 | NA
    In 1980, a Japanese scientist, Dr. Koryo Miura, developed a pattern of peaks and valleys that allows a map to be unfolded all at once, with one pull of a corner. In introducing his method, Dr. Miura wrote that his "experience on deployable space structures and origami science" led him to look for a better way to fold a map. The result of his work, the Miura-ori origami pattern, has indeed been used for solar arrays as well as maps. Last week, in the journal Science, Dr. Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan of Harvard reported that nature itself has an origami trick or...
  • U.S. to Fund Chinese Nuclear Agency that Aided Iranian, Pakistani Nuke Programs

    03/02/2005 11:20:52 AM PST · by bigsky · 7 replies · 627+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | March 2, 2005 | Timothy Carney
    There is an arm of the Chinese government that has repeatedly aided the nuclear weapons programs of Pakistan and Iran. Now that arm is in line for a $5-billion loan deal from the U.S. government--for the benefit of two major U.S. corporations. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), an independent federal agency that finances exports, has granted a preliminary commitment for the largest deal in it is history: $5 billion in loans and loan guarantees to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to build nuclear power plants. According to U.S. government reports, CNNC has been tied to at...
  • Chromosomal Disharmony Leads to the Formation of a New Species

    02/26/2005 3:20:33 PM PST · by furball4paws · 96 replies · 1,481+ views
    In 1927, Karpechenko made a hybrid of the common radish, Raphanus sativus, and cabbage, Brassica oleracea. Each parent has a diploid chromosome number of 2N=18. The hybrid also had 18 chromosomes, but because normal sperm and eggs could not be formed, the hybrid was sterile, as is common in such cases. However, some of the "sterile" hybrids produced a few viable seeds. These seeds were produced when the chromosome number spontaneously doubled. The doubling permitted the pairing of partner chromosomes and the formation of gametes with 1N=18. Karpechenko witnessed the birth of a new species in the passage of only...
  • Rare plant species nearly wiped out by Marin County work crews clearing culvert (Baker's larkspur)

    02/02/2005 6:25:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 1,479+ views
    MARSHALL, Calif. (AP) - One of California's rarest plants was nearly wiped out of existence when Marin County workers used a backhoe to clear a plugged roadside drain in the species' sole habitat. The Baker's larkspur, a purplish plant that blooms April through May and grows up to 2-feet tall, is found in only one place in the world: near a a drain along the Marshall-Petaluma Road in western Marin County. Last October, heavy rain pushed debris down a hillside into the culvert, backing it up and flooding the road. When county crews came out to clear the roadside drain...
  • CA: USDA Acts to End Fight Over Plant Disease ( View from California on national problem )

    12/23/2004 3:41:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 300+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | Jerry Hirsch and Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writers
    California growers hope new rules will help them sell to states that tried to block all shipments from the Golden State. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a set of rules to control a plant disease known as sudden oak death, and growers say the regulations will make it easier for California's $2.35-billion nursery industry to ship plants to other states.
  • Millions of Plants Caught in Dragnet for Oak Killer

    12/23/2004 12:18:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,219+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | BRADFORD McKEE
    JUST in time to complicate spring planting, the federal government is preparing to issue what agriculture officials call the most sweeping restrictions on the shipment of nursery plants ever undertaken in the United States, to try to prevent the spread of a virulent disease that has killed tens of thousands of oaks and other species along the West Coast. The restrictions, expected to be issued in early January, will affect millions of plants grown in California, Oregon and Washington, about one-third of the country's nursery plant supply. They will require inspection, sampling and possibly testing of all plants that could...