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by / October 28, 2003
Port Hueneme, Calif., will test an undersea security system that could potentially detect terrorist threats at more than 360 U.S. commercial and military ports. The system uses a remotely powered fiber-optic array to detect suspicious vessels, objects or noises. The array would be an early warning system to local Coast Guard units. -- Ventura County Star

Engineers and computer scientists tested the United States' first virtual earthquake laboratory, linking physical experiments in Illinois and Colorado with a computer that sent instructions to each site simultaneously. The technique allows researchers to watch experiments unfold visually and through collected data, and could change the way earthquake research is done. -- USA Today

Ag Waste Recovery Systems of Iowa has developed a product that uses sound waves to reduce the smell of hog manure. Ultrasonic waves destroy cell walls of bacteria and pathogens, making them inert and virtually odorless. -- Wisconsin Ag Connection

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which oversees Pictograph Cave State Park, is seeking to restore artwork on the cave's walls dating back 3,500 years. Soil removed from the cave floor in archaeological surveys in the 1930s and 1940s caused mineral deposits to seep through the porous rock. Monitors placed in the proposed new backfill would record moisture moving through the sand. -- Billings Gazette

Using the Wave Attenuator, engineers and biologists for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will reduce waves that frequently cause problems for those launching or landing their boats in Martin Bay. The product is designed to trap 75 percent to 80 percent of the waves. -- USA Today

New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson is introducing a pilot program to bring laptop computers into classrooms. Laptop computers and wireless connectivity will be provided to all seventh grade students and teachers from up to five selected schools.

More than 3,000 forestry photos from 1897 to 1952 are available through the University of North Carolina at Asheville's Ramsey Library Web site . The pictures are part of the Birthplace of American Forestry collection. -- The Asheville Citizen-Times

The first fully wired Oregon creek is ready for research. Trout implanted with microchips and creeks wired with electronic sensors are part of a project to help improve forest management and limit environmental damage from logging. The project will track the movements of cutthroat trout and decipher how much shade and fallen trees the fish need to thrive. -- USA Today

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