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Food Safety, Food Regulation, FDA, USDA, Regulatory Reform, Haccp

Food Safety Needs Government-Industry Collaboration

The federal government has made substantial progress recently to improve America's food safety system by adopting a new regulatory framework that focuses on prevention and clearly defines the roles industry and government must play. But reform of the system must go further and assign responsibilities more clearly, make better use of scarce resources, and prepare for future challenges, including those posed by persistent foodborne illnesses and the globalization of the food economy, according to a new article authored by the former head of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The article appears in the current Food and Drug Law Journal.


Biotechnology, Database

New Federal Bio-Technology Transfer Web Database

The Biotechnology Information Institute is now offering the Federal Bio-Technology Transfer Directory as an online Internet Web database. Besides being the largest specialized database of licensing opportunities in the biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical areas, it is the only source for information about federal bio-technology transfers and related commercialization activities.


Biological, Sciences, Geosciences, Environment, Engineering, Earth, Planets

Environments on Other Planets And Earth Same?

What do boiling-hot fissures in the earth's crust, the insides of airplane fuel tanks, vast expanses of ice in Antarctica and the parched sands of baking deserts have in common with environments on other planets?


Government, Computers, Internet

Govnews Project Takes Democracy into Cyberspace

The International GovNews Project has announced a special government category on the Internetís Usenet news system. The creation of this new category lays the groundwork for the wide, cost-effective electronic dissemination and discussion by topic of large amounts of public government information.


Environment, Georgia, Biodiversity, Conservation, Military

Military Land Management Guided by New Book

The 25 million acres of land entrusted to the U.S. military may now benefit from more than 50 years of study in conservation and land management. A new 500-page publication called ≥Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands: A Handbook for Natural Resource Managers≤ is now available for the U.S. Department of Defense. The bookπs publication is due in part to the efforts of Dr. Gary Meffe, a senior research ecologist with the University of Georgiaπs Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He wrote the book with Michele Leslie, Jeffrey Hardesty and Diane Adams, all with The Nature Conservancy.



Interstate Waste Trade, Solid Waste, Landfills, Environment, Public Policy, Transportation

Effects of Restrictions on Waste Trading

As the United States Congress considers legislation that would restrict the trading of municipal solid waste (MSW) among states, researchers at Resources for the Future have found that, under certain circumstances, limits placed on the volume of MSW shipped by one state to another state may actually increase the number of interstate waste shipments as well as increase disposal costs for some regions of the country. Embargoed March 20


Northeast, Regional, Climate, Center, February, Weather, Record, Climatology

Northeast Shatters February Warmth Records

The Northeast survived the 11th warmest February in 103 years of record -- warm enough to shatter six all-time temperature records for the month and set or tie 47 daily high-temperature records, according to climatologists at the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.


Manure, Environment, Dairy, cows, Cattle, Farmers, milk, Recycling, odor, Waste, Energy

Cornell Study Proposes Manure Management Plant

The community around York, NY will hear a report on the feasibility of a central plant that would remove manure odor, recycle manure for value-added products, improve dairy waste management and perhaps provide energy back to the community. All this, and it would more than pay for itself, too, according to a Cornell professor of agricultural and biological engineering.


Technology, Microscope, Materials, MRI

Microscopic 3-D Images of Materials

A team of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Caltech scientists have made important breakthroughs in applying a powerful new technique that marries two existing technologies to probe materials at a microscopic level. EMBARGOED until Mar 19, 1997 at 1:30 p.m. Central Time


Dinosaurs, Birds, Paleontology, China, Natural, History

Did Birds Come from Dinosaurs

LAWRENCE -- Another match has been set in a long-running academic debate about whether birds descended from dinosaurs. At issue, said Larry Dean Martin, curator of paleontology at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, is whether these dinosaurs had feathers.

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