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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: March 20, 2009

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March 20, 2009

Daily Roundup: March 20, 2009

Back to Black: After spending around $1.25 billion from 1999 to 2006 on alternative-energy research, Shell oil company pulled the plug on its funding for solar and wind energy. Scientific American

Hold On to Your Holsters: A federal judge ordered a review of a January 11 rule that allowed visitors to carry loaded, concealed weapons in national parks. The Interior Department must weigh in on the injunction by April 20. Los Angeles Times

Spring Break Staycations: Many U.S. college students are staying local for spring break--flights booked to the Caribbean have dropped by 20 percent. Domestic travel and service-oriented trips have become more popular. Time

Breadbasket Redux: Scientists believe they have created new breeds of wheat resistant to the Ug99 strain of stem rust fungus, which has decimated wheat harvests in Africa and the Middle East. New Scientist

Who's Your Daddy? Female Gouldian finches are able to control the gender of their offspring in response to the perceived genetic compatibility of their mates, according to a new study. BBC

--Della Watson


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