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Public Release: 14-Oct-2008
Global Conference on Sustainable Product Development and Life Cycle Engineering
More flexible method floated to produce biofuels, electricity
Researchers are proposing a new “flexible” approach to producing alternative fuels, hydrogen and electricity from municipal solid wastes, agricultural wastes, forest residues and sewage sludge that could supply up to 20 percent of transportation fuels in the United States annually.
http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2008b/081014ZhaoFlexible.html

Public Release: 14-Oct-2008
Entomological Society of America’s Annual Meeting
Did termites help Katrina destroy New Orleans floodwalls?
A new article in the fall issue of American Entomologist (Vol. 54, No. 3) suggests that Formosan subterranean termites played a large role in the destruction of floodwalls and levees during Hurricane Katrina.
http://www.entsoc.org/resources/press_releases/2008_termites.htm

Public Release: 14-Oct-2008
Researchers uncover world’s oldest fossil impression of a flying insect
While paleontologists may scour remote, exotic places in search of prehistoric specimens, Tufts researchers have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest whole-body fossil impression of a flying insect in a wooded field behind a strip mall in North Attleboro, Mass
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-10/tu-ruw101408.php
“Knecht says it is the world’s oldest known full-body impression of a primitive flying insect, a 300 million-year-old specimen from the Carboniferous Period.”

Public Release: 14-Oct-2008
Current Anthropology
Why do women get more cavities than men?
Reproduction pressures and rising fertility explain why women suffered a more rapid decline in dental health than did men as humans transitioned from hunter-and-gatherers to farmers and more sedentary pursuits, says a University of Oregon anthropologist.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, American Institute of Indian Studies, American Philosophical Society, L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-10/uoo-wdw101108.php

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