Daily Archives: July 10, 2010

Working Mainers featured in Colby exhibit | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME

Working Mainers featured in Colby exhibit | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME.

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Obamas coming to Mount Desert for some RandR | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Obamas coming to Mount Desert for some R&R | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Lab goes to sea: USM science team sails south to study oil spill’s effects on whales | Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — A University of Southern Maine professor and  a crew of students are embarking on an expedition to learn how the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is affecting the health of whales.

The research vessel, Odyssey,  a 93-foot, two-masted sailboat packed with laboratory equipment, is now berthed at DiMillo’s Marina. The vessel is scheduled to depart Portland next Friday.

John Wise, a professor of toxicology and molecular epidemiology at the University of Southern Maine, is the lead scientist. At least 10 USM students will be on board for some portion of the three-month expedition.

The vessel is carrying Wise’s cellular molecular laboratory – the only laboratory of its kind at sea, according to Iain Kerr, chief executive officer of Ocean Alliance, the Massachusetts nonprofit that owns the $1.5 million ketch.

Wise and the crew will be hunting for cell samples of sperm, humpback and Bryde’s whales. Wise will study DNA extracted from the cells to examine the effects of pollution.

He will use his lab to grow additional cells, which in effect become a permanent living sample for further study.

The creation of new cell lines from wild marine animals is difficult if not impossible to do because the cells degrade within hours, Wise said. That’s why it’s important to have a floating laboratory.

Click on the link for the rest of this story by Tom Bell in the Portland Press Herald.

Festival celebrates Moxie, Maine’s state beverage | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Festival celebrates Moxie, Maine’s state beverage | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Ad campaign of the time included a war hero who happened to be a sports hero, too.

The Moxie Boy wants to make sure you drink Moxie.

To tell you the truth, I was not big on Moxie as a kid. It is an acquired taste.

 Festival celebrates Moxie, Maine’s state beverage | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine program nearly carbon-creditworthy | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine program nearly carbon-creditworthy | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Weird, Wicked Weird: All’s Fair | Lewsiton Sun Journal

Weird, Wicked Weird: All’s Fair | Lewsiton Sun Journal

Program helps Mainers become First Time Campers

First time campers relish home comforts | Lewiston Sun Journal

Raffle winner pitches first camp in Camden Hills | Bangor Daily News

To learn more about the state parks, visit the Maine Department of Conservation website at: www.maine.gov/doc.