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Letters from the August 20, 2005, issue of Science News

3:53pm, August 17, 2005

Just a little gas

"Energy on Ice" (SN: 6/25/05, p. 410) states that the gas-hydrate deposit near Prudhoe Bay "contains more than 1.2 trillion cubic meters of gas. That's twice the total amount of natural gas consumed annually in the United States. ..." Does it behoove us to invest the time and dollars it will take to tap that field for a resource that will last us only 2 years? We need to think more seriously about energy conservation, not just energy supply.

Lorien Davy
Santa Barbara, Calif.

Priorities in order

Regarding "Sleepless in SeaWorld: Some newborns and moms forgo slumber" (SN: 7/2/05, p. 3), why should the whale study lead scientists to "change the way we view sleep"? Among whales, the priority is that babies not drown in the first weeks of life. Maturational processes thought to occur during sleep, such as brain development, might have to be put

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