HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
USGS March science picks

We're 125 years old this month, and still going strong. And just to prove it, we're sending along top science story ideas to help ease the transition from winter to spring. This monthly collection can help you cover ongoing earth and natural science research and investigations at USGS--photos and web links are provided to enhance your story. If you are not receiving this and would like to, would like to change the recipient, or no longer want to receive it, please email bkinerney@usgs.gov.

Included this month:

  • Kissing the Blarney Stone
  • USGS Celebrates 125 years of Science for America
  • Stop using the Richter Scale!
  • How the Irish Named Civilization

LEADS:

Would you kiss a 300-million-year-old limestone? Bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone will either give you the gift of gab or the taste of a 300-million-year-old Carboniferous limestone, depending on whether you listen to the Irish legend or USGS geologists. The stone is part of Blarney Castle, located in the southern part of Ireland, about five miles northwest of the town of Cork. Legend says that kissing the Blarney Stone bestows the gift of blarney, or sweet flattering talk. USGS geologists will tell you that if you've ever kissed the Blarney Stone, then you've kissed a piece of limestone formed about 300 million years ago during the Carboniferous age, the same period that produced the thick coal beds of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The castle is built out of limestone blocks and the Blarney Stone is indistinguishable from its fellow stones in size, shape, and general appearance. It is assumed that laborers toted the limestone blocks, including the Blarney Stone, from any of several nearby quarries that are known sources of Carboniferous limestone. To learn more about limestone, coal (USGS National Coal Assessment), and energy, go to:

Contact: Butch Kinerney
bkinerney@usgs.gov
703-648-4732
United States Geological Survey
5-Mar-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Related biology news :

1. March of Dimes statement on newborn screening report
2. Folic acid vitamin use by women reaches all-time high, March of Dimes survey finds
3. Only 21 states offer newborn screening tests recommended by March of Dimes
4. March of Dimes awards $250,000 prize to pioneering scientist
5. Nanotechnology highlights from the ACS national meeting in Anaheim, Calif., March 28-April 1
6. Media advisory: Sea of Cortez expedition to launch March 26
7. Other highlights of the March 17 issue of JNCI
8. JCI table of contents, 15 March 2004
9. Other highlights in the March 3 issue of JNCI
10. JCI table of contents, March 1 2004
11. 2nd Annual CDB Symposium: Developmental Remodeling (March 29 - 31, 2004; Kobe, Japan)

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: USGS March science picks

(Date:4/17/2014)... German . Our ... provide us with a continuous stream of information about our ... still in a car the world glides by us ... without effort, our brain calculates self-motion from this "optic flow". ... steady gaze during our own movements. Together with biologists from ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... German . If ... of him, he can expect his premises to be trashed. ... the consequences is enough to make restaurant owners pay up. ... their eggs in other birds, nests. If the host birds ... revenge by destroying the entire nest. Consequently, it is beneficial ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... painted a stark warning on the possible effects of ... effect 32 times that of carbon dioxide. Now a ... act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain ... instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there ... may enter into a vicious cycle to release large ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):How vision makes sure that little fish do not get carried away 2How vision makes sure that little fish do not get carried away 3How vision makes sure that little fish do not get carried away 4Fear of the cuckoo mafia 2Fear of the cuckoo mafia 3Methane climate change risk suggested by proof of redox cycling of humic substances 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... AudioNotch is the internet's leading provider ... treatment of tinnitus. Patients listen to sound therapy that ... period of weeks to months, their tinnitus volume decreases. , ... Notched Music and Notched White Noise. Now, AudioNotch is pleased ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 2014  3D Communications, a leading provider of strategic communications services to ... events in the United States and ... Cox , JD, is returning to the firm,s Washington, ... 3D after more than two years of service as Associate Commissioner ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... January 14, 2014 iLab Solutions, the leader ... the new Director of Product Strategy. In this role, Michelle ... iLab sub-teams to guide in the development of iLab products. ... the maximum possible benefit to the scientific community by offering ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 13, 2014 Bob Hainsey, a semiconductor ... 20 years in the industry, has joined SPIE, ... will serve as the society’s Science and Technology Strategist. ... SPIE as our Technology Strategist, further strengthening the technical ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Former FDA Associate Commissioner Returns To 3D Communications 2iLab Solutions Announces Michelle Detwiler as the New Director of Product Strategy 2Photonics R&D Leader Bob Hainsey Joins SPIE Technical Staff 2
Cached News: