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  • Termites Eat Through Pensioner’s £42,000 Life Savings

    An elderly woman got a nasty shock when she discovered termites had eaten through her life savings. When the lady from southern China, who has not been identified, was given £42,000 by her children she decided to store it in a drawer in her residence rather than deposit it in a bank. This was to prove a costly mistake for the unfortunate woman as when she went to retrieve some of the cash six months later she found the pesky termites had munched into it. In desperation she took the notes to the bank in the hope she could save...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Gold “Mining” Termites Found, May Lead Humans to Riches

    12/12/2012 2:49:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | December 12, 2012 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Insects stockpile precious metal while gathering nest material, study says.Want to know if you're literally sitting on a gold mine? Get some termites, a new study suggests. New experiments in West Australia reveal that termites "mine" and stockpile the precious metal while they're collecting subterranean material for their nests. For the study, entomologist Aaron Stewart, with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and colleagues took samples from several termite nests and compared the nest material to nearby soil samples from varying depths. By using a mass spectrometer—an instrument that measures molecules' chemical makeup—they discovered that the termite nests were...
  • Hero who sabotaged bridge with termites (Incredible story of heroism alert)

    07/17/2011 6:22:02 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | July 18, 2011 | Campbell Thomas
    A WAR hero's medals have revealed the untold story of a Scottish soldier who survived three years of suffering building the notorious Burma Railway. Kenneth McLeod, who has died aged 92, was captured by the Japanese in the Second World War and was one of the last surviving veterans who worked on the bridge over the River Kwai. Now his daughter and son are donating his war medals, Glengarry bonnet and sporran to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders museum at Stirling Castle, where he was based more than 70 years ago. Mr McLeod, of Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, was...
  • Ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton urges Africans to team up for economic growth

    09/23/2002 8:14:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 389+ views
    Associated Press | September 23, 2002
    ACCRA, Ghana, Sep 23, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday urged Africans to team up to fight poverty, saying boundary-less cooperation means boundless economic potential. "Through cooperation and collaborative efforts, termites have been able to pull down strong edifices," Clinton said. "Bees have been able to build houses for humans to tap heir honey from." Clinton, who is in Africa to promote efforts to fight AIDS and encourage economic development, was speaking to an assemblage of government ministers, traditional rulers and academics at the launch of Ghana President John Kufuor's Foundation for...
  • Green method to kill termites

    06/08/2009 5:17:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,020+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 08 June 2009 | Jon Cartwright
    Researchers in the US have come up with a cheap, environmentally friendly way to kill termites and other pests. The method involves the applying a sugar derivative, which inhibits an anti-microbial protein normally secreted by the insects, thereby leaving them open to disease.Insects have efficient immune systems, although much of their workings are still unknown. Nevertheless, one aspect that is well-understood is the existence of proteins called pattern-recognition receptors, which can spot microbes that should not be present. Such receptors come under a class of 'gram-negative bacteria binding proteins', or GNBPs.Ram Sasisekharan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, together with colleagues...
  • Termites feast on trader's money[Life Savings]

    04/08/2008 7:28:14 AM PDT · by BGHater · 15 replies · 82+ views
    BBC ^ | 07 Apr 2008 | Amarnath Tewary
    Mr Prasad had saved up for his old age (Pictures: Prashant Ravi) A trader in the Indian state of Bihar has lost his life savings after termites infesting his bank's safe deposit boxes ate them up.Dwarika Prasad had deposited currency notes and investment papers worth hundreds of thousands of rupees in a bank safe in the state capital Patna. The bank says it put up a notice warning customers of the termites. Mr Prasad says he did not see it in time as he did not go to the bank for months after the notice went up. Bank officials...
  • Termites in lumber stored in garage?

    01/05/2008 10:16:19 AM PST · by Drawsing · 14 replies · 119+ views
    Myself | Jan, 05, 2008 | drawsing
    I would like to continue storing my scrap lumber in the garage, but my wife is worried about termites. I told her that as long as it is stored off of the ground and not touching the walls that it is safe from termites. I cannot find the definitive word on the internet on this subject. Can someone here help me out? Thank you.
  • The heat is on for greenhouse gas methane

    04/30/2007 8:29:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 806+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/30/07 | David Fogarty
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Across the globe, chickens and pigs are doing their bit to curb global warming. But cows and sheep still have some catching up to do. The farm animals produce lots of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide yet is at the heart of efforts to fight climate change. Government policies and a U.N.-backed system of emission credits is proving a money-spinner for investors, farmers and big polluters such as power stations wanting to offset their own emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2). The reason is simple: methane...
  • Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet

    02/19/2007 8:14:31 PM PST · by bjc · 37 replies · 637+ views
    Headline reads: Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet American meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per person than vegetarians every year.
  • BBC: Global methane rise slowing down ~ Se we aren't doomed?

    11/22/2006 1:19:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies · 708+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 08:50 GMT | BBC staff
    Global methane rise slowing down Farmers reduce emissions and make money by collecting methane The rise in concentrations of the greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere has slowed down considerably in recent years, research suggests.Scientists say levels have been stable for about seven years following a steep rise during the last century. Researchers believe the slowdown may be due to measures aimed at reducing the release of methane from gas pipelines, paddy fields and landfill sites. The findings are published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The study also found that major forest fires, such as occurred in Indonesia...
  • How about the House? (vanity)

    11/03/2006 3:04:04 PM PST · by rlbedfor · 31 replies · 840+ views
    Any news? All I hear about is the Senate.
  • What is the Formula Used to Kill Termites in the 60's and Now Banned by the EPA?

    10/24/2005 2:22:11 PM PDT · by PreviouslyA-Lurker · 104 replies · 5,520+ views
    October 24, 2005 | Self
    A friend has asked me to ask you all to "find information on the old formula which was used back in the 60’s for treating a house for termites etc. which the environmentalists stopped the pest control people from using ……………. It had diazamine or something like that in it…….2 chemicals is all it was…" Anyone know anything about this that can help? Thank you in advance.
  • Downtown Taunton, Mass., Evacuated as More Timbers Fail in Century-Old Wooden Dam

    10/18/2005 10:05:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 1,232+ views
    AP ^ | 18 oct 2005 | Ray henry
    TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - A damaged, century-old dam continued to hold Tuesday as the water level behind it was reduced, but an evacuation order remained in effect and schools and highways were closed amid fears of a flood. Mayor Robert Nunes said the wooden Whittenton Pond Dam upstream from the city on the Mill River had developed more failures about 2 a.m. However, gates in the dam were opened to release water from Lake Sabbatia and relieve pressure on the structure, and the reservoir's level had fallen several inches by late morning, officials said at a briefing. "As the water...
  • "HUNGRY HOME WRECKERS" Termites infest all houses and 30 percent of the trees in greater New Orleans

    09/13/2005 3:12:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies · 2,842+ views
    icfhomes.com ^ | Sept/Oct 2000 | Sharon O'Malley
    There are two kinds of homes in New Orleans' historic French Quarter, says Allen Fugler, vice president of marketing for Lipca, an insurer of pest-control operator: "homes that have Formosan termites and those that will get them fairly soon". Indeed, the vicious Formosan subterranean termite, dubbed "super termite" by Louisiana State University's agriculture research and extension center, has infested nearly all of the houses and 30 percent of the trees in greater New Orleans, costing homeowners and the state and federal governments $300 million annually in repairs and prevention efforts. Unlike ordinary termites, these pests can literally destroy a wood-framed...
  • Is it necesary to spray for termites when........

    04/21/2005 2:00:12 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 5 replies · 596+ views
    self
    We are in the process of getting estimates on a patio cover and cement for the flooring. The salesman told me today that they spray for termites where the gound will be "disturbed" due to the pouring of concrete. Is this a must to have done? Advise as this would add $200 to the cost.
  • Termites Could Hold the Key to Self-Sufficient Buildings

    09/22/2004 3:18:10 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 20 replies · 621+ views
    Mounds built by highly-evolved African termites could inspire new types of building that are self-sufficient, environmentally friendly and cheap to run. The mounds provide a self-regulating living environment that responds to changing internal and external conditions. A multidisciplinary team of engineers and entomologists (entomology is the study of insects) is looking at whether similar principles could be used to design buildings that need few or no mechanical services (for example heating and ventilation) and so use less energy and other resources than conventional structures. Loughborough University is leading this innovative project, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research...