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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | April 7, 2010
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd Ogden wants you to know where your food comes from - down to the seeds. On Thursday, that's the message he's hoping to convey at Shepherd University during his public lecture, "A Seedy Business: Tales from the International Seed Trade. " The event is the last in the campus's Food Fight Series, highlighting topics addressed by Barbara Kingsolver's book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" "We have come to understanding the idea that there's a whole chain of production that goes back to the seeds," said Ogden, a nationally recognized gardening expert and author.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | January 4, 2009
Chambersburg, Pa., resident Greg Paulson's images might look like a yet-to-be-discovered foreign world. What seems to be the valley of the Red Planet is actually the wing of a dragonfly. What looks like an extraterrestrial being is actually a pollen basket. What looks like a scene from "Alien" is really a parasitic wasp jumping out from its host, a psylla. Actually, the Shippensburg (Pa.) University biology chair said, every image comes from Earth. And to Paulson, 53, who is an entomologist, every hair, every curve, every thorn-like object is a piece of art. "I like the abstract beauty of it all," he said.
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By JANET HEIM | September 5, 2010
Local astronomers and those with an interest in the stars don't have to travel far for an educational fix. The William M. Brish Planetarium, formerly called the Washington County Planetarium, offers programs for the public during the school year. The public programs are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 5 with "The Universe of Dr. Einstein. " The program runs through Nov. 16. Adult admission costs $3 and $2 for children/students. Senior citizens with a WCPS Gold Card are admitted free.
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by KATE COLEMAN | June 4, 2003
katec@herald-mail.com Patti Gouss, food service manager at Homewood at Williamsport, had her fill of strawberries May 3 at the retirement community's annual Strawberry Fest. Forty-five flats of strawberries - 12 pints each - were used to make more than 400 strawberry shortcakes and sundaes. A committee of Homewood residents capped and sliced more than 500 pints of the juicy red fruit. That's a lot of strawberries. Chet Covert has been growing them for about 15 years and figures he has about four to five acres of them growing on his Greencastle, Pa., farm.
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June 17, 2003
Tuesday, June 17 7:30 p.m. on Cinemax "Sunshine State" Filmmaker John Sayles attracted a well-known cast - including Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, Miguel Ferrer and Timothy Hutton - for this offbeat story of Florida residents facing encroachment by developers. 8 p.m. on Animal Planet "Wild Kingdom" Lions in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana surprise scientists with their swimming prowess. It seems that this behavior - highly unusual for cats of any size - is an adaptation to the extreme climate of the region's wet season.
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August 24, 2004
Opening this week "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" (PG-13) - A pharmaceutical company sends an expedition of scientists to Borneo to search for a rare black orchid that they hope can unlock secrets of youth and immortality. They discover that the orchid is being used by a swarm of giant snakes that derives its strength, size and vitality from the flowers. The scientists also discover that large snakes are extremely hungry snakes. Starring Johnny Messner and Morris Chestnut.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | August 25, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Environmental Protection Agency scientists have extended their search for contaminants expelled from Central Chemical by following a groundwater trail to the northeast and southwest of the former Mitchell Avenue plant in Hagerstown. Central Chemical was a pesticide and fertilizer mixing plant that closed in 1984, leaving pesticides and metals that were dumped in the soil and groundwater. An investigation to determine what hazardous chemicals were expelled from the former plant, which is now a federal Superfund waste site, has turned up levels of pesticides DDT in the soil and BHC in the groundwater surrounding it, said Mitch Cron, EPA remedial project manager.
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By DAN DEARTH | April 23, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Public Schools is seeking 100 students from four middle schools to participate in a science program that will be sponsored this summer by Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. The Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Sciences/Young Engineers and Scientists Program will be held during four, four-day sessions this summer at Washington County Technical High School. Sixth- and seventh-graders from E. Russell Hicks, Northern, Springfield and Western Heights middle schools will have a chance to participate in the program.
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April 20, 2005
Wednesday, April 20 9 p.m. on PBS "Strange Days on Planet Earth" Some scientists are concerned that the planet seems to be changing faster than at any time since humans came on the scene. This program looks at some worrisome examples, including global warming. Concludes at the same time next week. 9 p.m. on USA "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story" Griffith, a promising young boxer, set off a huge controversy in 1962 when he pummeled a dazed opponent, Benny Paret, at the end of a championship bout on live TV. Paret, who had taunted Griffith at the weigh-in, died 10 days later.
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September 4, 2000
Robots begin to run world If you're looking for another reason to abolish high school science class, this is it: A computer program that creates life. I thought Dolly was a sinister sheep when she made her appearance a couple years back, but compared to this latest scientific revelation she's a lamb without the wolf's clothing in a sheep-like - hmm. I was going somewhere with this, but it all kind of fell apart. Sorry. According to The Washington Post, the computer system "automatically creates, evolves, improves and finally builds a variety of simple mobile creatures without any significant human intervention.
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