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Solar panels nearly nixed due to origins

Las Vegas -- The mayor of Las Vegas said he almost halted the dedication of a solar panel carport when he noticed a sample module was assembled in Mexico.

Mayor Oscar Goodman said the Thursday dedication of the solar carport, the first of a planned trio of ports at the Stupak Community Center, was nearly called off when he discovered the sample was assembled in Mexico, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday.

"When I saw that, I went nuts," he said. "I felt that that was totally unacceptable as far as our sustainability efforts in the United States."
However, Goodman said officials told him the panels themselves were made and assembled domestically.

High levels of manganese found in Pa. soil

University-- Iron furnaces that once covered central Pennsylvania have left a legacy of soils contaminated with manganese, which can be toxic to trees, researchers say.

Researchers at Penn State University quantified the amounts of manganese in soil core samples as part of work funded by the National Science Foundation, PhysOrg.com reported Friday.

The researchers found that "53 percent of manganese in ridge soils can be attributed to atmospheric deposition from anthropogenic (man-made) sources," the researchers reported in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Santa line was 3 hours at U.K. theme park

London -- A woman testified at the U.K. trial of a pair of brothers accused of running a scam holiday theme park that children were waiting up to 3 hours to see Santa.

Angela Barnes, of Southsea, England, said she spent $94 to take her family to the Matchams Leisure Park after seeing advertisements for a "magical tunnel of light" and a "bustling Christmas market," but they arrived to find only a 3-hour line to see Santa Claus, the BBC reported Friday.

"I was sad because I persuaded my husband to go because I got excited by these things, because I felt I had dragged him along to something that was a waste of money," Barnes said.

Study: Global warming will shrink habitats

AmNN Arbor -- A study of reptile extinctions in ancient Greece may offer clues to how plants and animals will respond to global warming, researchers say.

U.S. scientists say as the climate warmed at the end of the last ice age, sea levels rose and formed scores of Aegean islands that had formerly been part of the Greek mainland. Many reptiles perished on the ever-smaller islands, ScienceDaily.com reported Friday.

Frogs shows signs of comeback from disease

Newcastle -- Frogs in Australia and the United States may be recovering from a fungal disease that has decimated amphibian populations around the world, researchers say.

Between 1990 and 1998 the populations of several frog species in Australia plummeted due to chytridiomycosis infection, but a recent survey suggests the frogs are re-establishing themselves, NewScientist.com reported Friday.

"It's happening across a number of species," Michael Mahony at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales says.

Barred river frogs, the tusked frog and several tree frog species have returned to areas where they had almost disappeared, and some species have even reached pre-infection levels, Australian researchers say.


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