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Watch while an asteroid eats a star

July 5, 2010 6:25 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

In a rare event on July 8, 2010, skywatchers will be able to see an asteroid briefly block out the light from a star as it passes in front. It may be the only asteroid 'occultation' this century observable with the naked eye.

BP eyes stake sale as spill spreads to Texas

July 5, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

LONDON/NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Shareholders in BP balked on Monday at reports the energy giant would seek a strategic investor to ward off takeover bids while the company's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico spread.

German committee proposes reducing solar cuts

July 5, 2010 1:25 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German parliamentary mediation committee on Monday recommended slightly reducing proposed cuts to solar incentives over a three-month transition period in order to resolve a political impasse over the plans.

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Analysis: Bioethanol trumps biodiesel say Europe's producers

July 5, 2010 8:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

MADRID/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Cheaper, local ingredients make bioethanol more profitable, and sustainable, than far more widely produced biodiesel in Europe, even though it adds to a surplus of conventional gasoline while diesel remains more in demand.

China's CNPC eyes 500 mcm shale gas output by 2015

July 5, 2010 8:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - State-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) aims to produce 500 million cubic metres (mcm) of shale gas by 2015, a company executive said in an article published on Sunday.

Special Report: Europe finds politics and biofuels don't mix

July 5, 2010 3:25 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The messages are tense, angry, cajoling.

China to host climate talks before Mexico meeting: report

July 5, 2010 2:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will host an extra round of international negotiations in October aimed at fostering agreement over a new climate treaty, the United Nations' top environment official said in remarks published on Monday.

BP says cost of oil spill hits $3.12 billion

July 5, 2010 2:25 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil company BP said it had so far spent $3.12 billion on the response effort to its Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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BP launches search for new investors: report

July 5, 2010 2:25 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Oil major BP Plc is seeking a strategic investor to secure its independence in the face of any takeover attempts as it struggles with a devastating oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, newspapers said on Sunday.

Digital Embryo Gains Wings

July 4, 2010 9:24 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( European Molecular Biology Laboratory ) Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have captured fruit fly development on film, creating the Fly Digital Embryo. In work published today in Nature Methods, they were also the first to clearly record how a zebrafish's eyes...

Obama commits nearly $2 billion to solar companies

July 4, 2010 7:25 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, under pressure to spur job growth, said on Saturday two solar energy companies will get nearly $2 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to create as many as 5,000 green jobs.

Air pollution doesn't increase risk of preeclampsia, early delivery, study finds

July 4, 2010 7:25 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

While pregnant women may worry about the effects of air pollution on their health and that of their developing child, exposure to carbon monoxide and fine particles in the air during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of preterm delivery or preeclampsia -- a serious condition...

Gulf beaches quiet as spill spreads

July 4, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

PENSACOLA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Gulf coast beaches, normally packed on Independence Day, were quiet on Sunday as workers cleaned up tar balls from BP's leaking oil well while the company was reported to be taking steps to ward off potential takeover bids.

Coolest stars come out of the dark: Spitzer spies frigid brown dwarfs

July 4, 2010 4:24 am | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Astronomers have uncovered what appear to be 14 of the coldest stars known in our universe. These failed stars, called brown dwarfs, are so cold and faint that they'd be impossible to see with current visible-light telescopes. Spitzer's infrared vision was able to pick out their feeble...

Molecules found in blue jean and ink dyes may lead to more efficient solar cells

July 4, 2010 4:24 am | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a simple process -- employing molecules typically used in blue jean and ink dyes -- for building an organic framework that could lead to economical, flexible and versatile solar cells.

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