7 News Shorts
8 Winter of Discontent
8 Did you know?
9 You are what you drink
10 Wasting energy by saving time?
11 Aftershocks of peace
12 China’s Olympic race for cleaner air
13 The Grand Canyon’s shifting sands
13 Colossal fossil frog found
14 Bacteria’s rainy role
15 Traveling light
16 Rhino fossil bridges land gap
16 Early human bipedalism confirmed
17 Lake Mead going dry
18 Gulf stream’s high heat
19 Staufen is sinking
20 Mineral resource of the month: mica
58 A POLITICAL COMMENT ON...
California’s Battle over Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency denied a request by California to adopt its own emissions standards for new automobiles. California appealed, and now the battle is back in court.
59 A COMMENT ON...
Resource Nationalization: A Smaller Piece of the Pie
Soaring energy prices and record-breaking profits have emboldened some countries to “reconsider” their relationships with foreign oil companies operating within their borders. It’s a short-term perspective.
Benjamin A. Eisterhold and Michael E. Webber
60 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
I’m Ending My Affair!
After several decades of a love affair with beautiful, large, gas-guzzling cars, it’s time to end the affair and get on board the efficiency wagon.
4 FROM THE EDITOR
5 LETTERS: Perspectives
6 WHERE ON EARTH?
42 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
A New Kind of Green Eggs and Ham
Do you know where your food comes from or how much carbon dioxide was produced from getting it to you? Tracking "food miles" has become the latest trend, but not everyone agrees the term is useful.
44 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Feeling the Cosmos
NASA recently released the latest in a series of highly visual space books that are geared toward all students — those who can see and those who cannot. Braille and written text accompany textured images that students can both see and feel.
Exhibits: Pictures from the Edge: Polar-Palooza’s Scientists Share Their Stories
Books: Talking Fossils with the Authors of Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway
Books: The Catskill Geologist Spins a Good Yarn
52 CLASSIFIEDS: Career
May 18, 1910: Earth Passes Through the Tail of Halley’s Comet
57 DOWN TO EARTH WITH...
Geologist and oil executive Don Paul
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