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By Sandy Bauers and Sandy Bauers,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 29, 2001
PHILADELPIHA - If only there hadn't been an Ice Age, Dennis Burton might not be in such a fix today. But there was, wreaking havoc among the nation's worms. So here Burton was, turning over logs in the woods of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough, Pa., and scrabbling in the dirt in search of wigglers. "Oh, yeah," said the director of land restoration, grabbing a little brown worm. Captive in his hand, it flipped and thrashed. "That's a monster!" he said. Just as he suspected, it was also an interloper.
By Maryalice Yakutchik and By Maryalice Yakutchik,Special to the Sun | September 30, 2001
The Secret Life of Dust, by Hannah Holmes. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 228 pages $22.95. Something about this nonfiction book -- its scientific nature, perhaps, and the fact that it had its beginnings in the Gobi Desert -- compels this reviewer to get down to the nitty gritty. So here goes. I pledge (with lemon freshness) that The Secret Life of Dust is worth the price on its dust jacket; that those seduced from cleaning chores to take to their dust-mite-infested sofas with Hannah Holmes' impeccably researched yet lighthearted book will be smarter and happier.
By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 29, 2000
Roller hockey has made its way from street corners to an organized league, as its speed attracts kids and adults alike to one of the county's newest sports. "It's a fast-paced sport, and a lot of the kids enjoy playing it," says Mike Milani, a sports supervisor for Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, which established the organization that includes instructional, minor and major leagues. "It's definitely one of the fastest-growing sports in the county." Like its cousin, ice hockey, roller hockey rewards stick-handling, as well as skill on inline skates.
By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2000
The Next Ice Age has come home. The innovative ice dancing troupe is practicing at the Columbia Ice Rink for its performances June 16 and 17 at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. The company began its unusual blend of ensemble skating 12 years ago with a performance at the rink. "We are so excited," said Nathan Birch, artistic director for the company. "We started in Columbia, and to be presented in this festival really helps to legitimize us in our minds." Based in Baltimore, the Next Ice Age began with an ending.
By Frank D. Roylance | November 21, 1999
It is a seductive thing to walk in Maryland's woods, or to canoe its rivers and marshes. You imagine the place as it must have been in the centuries before Europeans came to clear and plow, bulldoze and pave. You can conjure up a native people who were attuned to the rhythms of the water and the seasons -- communities that thrived on natural abundance, in ways that were both changeless and invisible on the landscape. It is a pleasing reverie. But archaeologists, geologists and others who have teased facts from the soil and sediment say the turn of the last millennium was a time of profound change.
By SEATTLE TIMES | October 10, 1999
SEATTLE -- A sheet of ice half the size of Alaska is on schedule to raise sea levels about 20 feet in 7,000 years, and there's nothing that can be done about it.Scientists from the University of Washington and the University of Maine reported in Friday's edition of Science that the 360,000-square-mile West Antarctic ice sheet has been melting for 15,000 years and should be gone in 7,000.A lingering effect of the Ice Age, the ice sheet's disintegration should raise sea levels nearly 1 centimeter a decade for a total of 6 meters, or nearly 20 feet.
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1998
Twenty thousand years ago, a giant ground sloth the size of a large bear lumbered into a cave in Nevada and, well, went to the bathroom.Its dung -- rich with the remains of the lilies and other plants it had been munching -- dropped to the floor of the cave. There, the softball-size lump joined thousands of others left by generations of sloths that had visited the cave.In the millenniums since then, the dry air in the cave and relatively constant temperatures have preserved the deposits.Now, for the first time, scientists braving an unrelenting barrage of bad jokes have used DNA sequencing to unlock the secrets of the dung from Gypsum Cave, near Las Vegas.
By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1998
Nathan Birch, artistic director of the Next Ice Age skating company, has received $40,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation under a new grants program for dance sponsored by the American Dance Festival.The Baltimore choreographer is one of six American choreographers to receive an award to support the creation of new work. The other recipients are Paul Taylor and Merce Cunningham, who each received grants of $100,000; Elizabeth Streb, $40,000; and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and David Grenke, $15,000 each.
By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 17, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- The first Americans reached the New World as long as 40,000 years ago, more than three times earlier than previously realized, scientists reported yesterday.Until recently, scholars believed that a single group of humans trekked across a land bridge from Siberia about 11,500 years ago and gradually spread south across North and South America.New discoveries and analytical technologies have now pushed back the probable arrival of the first immigrants to at least 30,000 -- perhaps as long as 40,000 -- years ago.Based on linguistic evidence, experts also now distinguish four separate waves of colonization from Asia.
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