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Do you love decorating for the year-end holidays - except for untangling the strings of lights you didn't put away properly last time? Then you may be interested in the following: Bioscientists at Hertfordshire University in England say they have found a way to eliminate all that and still have a bright, lustrous tree around which you'd be proud to gather on Christmas morning. Borrowing the same chemistry that illuminates fireflies, they say they'd treat young seedlings with a harmless bacteria that produces green fluorescent protein and an enzyme called luciferase. A special fertilizer sold with each tree would activate them, causing its needles to glow - around the clock. There's just one problem. Initially, at least, the trees would have to sell for about $350.

Professional baseball fans chose All-20th Century Team Many players on Major League Baseball's All-Century Team were introduced Sunday night before Game 2 of the World Series in Atlanta. Four are active: Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr., and Cal Ripken Jr. The most controversial choice by a vote of fans was all-time hits leader Pete Rose, who participated in an officially sanctioned event for the first time in more than 11 years. Rose was banned Aug. 24, 1989, after a probe into gambling while he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The players on the

All-Century Team:

Catchers: Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra

First basemen: Lou Gehrig, Mark McGwire

Second basemen: Jackie Robinson, Rogers Hornsby

Shortstops: Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken Jr., Honus Wagner

Third basemen: Mike Schmidt, Brooks Robinson

Outfielders: Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Pete Rose, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams

Pitchers: Roger Clemens, Bob Gibson, Lefty Grove, Walter Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Christy Mathewson, Nolan Ryan, Warren Spahn, Cy Young - Reuters

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