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PBS' Sid the Science Kid on flu.gov PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane Sink   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 19:37

www.flu.gov now has a link to a special edition of the PBS show, "Sid the Science Kid," explaining how flu vaccinations work and how to prevent the flu. The collaborative episode made its debut on PBS on Oct. 26, 2009 with subsequent airings scheduled for Nov. 19, Nov. 27 and Dec. 21.

To read more and download the full episode, click here.

 
Female Monarchs Declining PDF Print E-mail
Written by JD James   
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 20:16

Female Monarchs Declining

Studies of the monarch butterflies' migration patterns have revealed a declining population of female monarchs. Amy Davis from the University of Georgia in Athens was the first to notice the stark difference in the number of males to females. In her 2008 study, only 35% of the population was female. Startled by the figures, Davis researched past studies and found a drastic downturn of the gender. For more information, click below:

Female Monarch Butterflies Disappearing

 
Quarantines No Help Against Swine Flu PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane Sink   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 14:41

Health officials say there is little data to support that quarantines such as school closures do anything to prevent spread of the H1N1 virus. China's radical measures at first seemed to be working, but Beijing now reports that cases of swine flu are much higher than the initial numbers show.


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Dandelion Plastics PDF Print E-mail
Written by JD James   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 01:26

Dandelions Become Plastic Factory

Dandelions naturally emit a small burst of latex when the head is harvested. Geneticists have found a way to make that small burst into a heavy discharge, increasing the output over 5 times. The new discovery could lead to cheaper rubber products, including tires, medical supplies, and household goods. Farmers estimate that one hectare would produce over a ton of raw latex. For more information, click the link below:

Tech Helps Dandelions Ooze

 
Testimony of Under Secretary Charles Allen before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, "Lessons from the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks" PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 January 2009 02:53

Dirksen Senate Office Building
(Remarks as Prepared)

Thank you, Chairman Lieberman, Senator Collins, and Members of the Committee for the invitation to discuss the lessons the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) learned following the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.  I would like to highlight for you our intelligence information sharing efforts regarding these attacks.

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