Florida launched an online resource center for identity theft victims to obtain information and assistance. The online center features an Identity Theft Victim Kit -- a step-by-step resource guide for Floridians who have been victimized -- which outlines specific actions individuals can take to respond to identity theft and directs victims to key resources offered through Florida state agencies.
University of Hawaii (UH) scientists intend to chart the world's coral reefs by including a camera on the International Space Station by December 2004. Of the world's 500,000 square kilometers of reefs, only 10-20 square kilometers have been studied in detail. UH plans to build another infrared camera to monitor Earth's natural hazards like fires and volcanos. -- Honolulu Star-Bulletin
An attempt to grow corn in orange and blue, the University of Illinois' school colors, failed, but prompted researchers to help develop corn hybrids with higher levels of vitamin A. The U.S. Agency for International Development gave the university and other institutions $1.7 million to develop hybrids that can be grown in sub-Saharan Africa. --USA Today
Evansville, Ind., police began offering e-mail bulletins as part of a program to encourage residents to watch for suspected criminals. Police Chief Dave Gulledge said people get the information immediately if a crime is committed or a person is missing in their neighborhood. -- USA Today
The Kentucky Historical Society made research services available online. Users can select from vital records, births, deaths and marriages, Kentucky city directories, census records, and more. Also available online is more in-depth research with the hourly staff researcher service, for difficult or large genealogy projects.
Oregon State University plans to use a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create an artificial intelligence system that identifies insects. The system will collect, manipulate, photograph and identify small insects quickly, accurately and in large numbers. The data could improve water quality monitoring and other environmental issues. A square meter of Oregon soil can contain up to 300,000 insects and 200 species.
A new Rhode Island bill allows organ donors to register online through the Division of Motor Vehicles. People can complete a form to add or delete themselves from the list anytime instead of waiting for driver's license application or renewal. Police and organ-bank officials nationwide will access the list with a password. -- The Providence Journal
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory opened a science center in Green Bank, W. Va. The 25,000 square foot facility features the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope -- the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world and most massive moving structure on land.
Washington state investigators used sonar to map the path of a planned floating bridge on Lake Washington and found three submerged vessels. Two are barges, and officials think the other is a whaling vessel, the Fresno. Originally built in 1874, the boat caught fire in 1923 and was intentionally sunk in 190 feet of water. The state ordered the investigations to determine if anything historically important or environmentally dangerous blocked bridge construction. -- King County Journal