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Indonesia to relax forest protection on key projects

December 30, 2009 6:30 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will allow some infrastructure projects deemed in the public interest such as toll roads and geothermal energy plants to operate in protected forests, the chief economics minister said on Wednesday.

Australian bushfires destroys almost 40 homes

December 30, 2009 6:30 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major bushfire in the west Australian outback has destroyed almost 40 homes, officials said on Wednesday, as firefighters end a third month of fighting bushfires across the country.

FDA Warns Public of Continued Extortion Scam by FDA Impersonators

December 30, 2009 6:27 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about criminals posing as FDA special agents and other law enforcement personnel as part of an international extortion scam.

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Born in beauty: Proplyds in the Orion Nebula

December 30, 2009 6:26 am | by Science Daily | News | Comments

A collection of 30 never-before-released images of embryonic planetary systems in the Orion Nebula are the highlight of the longest single Hubble Space Telescope project ever dedicated to the topic of star and planet formation. Also known as proplyds, or protoplanetary discs, these modest...

Vestas gets 48 MW wind turbine order from Spain

December 30, 2009 6:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's Vestas, the world's biggest manufacturer of wind turbines, said on Wednesday it won an order for 24 turbines for the Andalusia region in Spain.

California's renewable pipeline hits nearly 70 GW

December 30, 2009 6:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Renewable energy projects proposed in California total nearly 70 gigawatts, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Tuesday, a large pipeline that could help the state meet its renewable energy goals.

After storm, 4,000 Maine customers still powerless

December 30, 2009 6:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 4,000 customers still are without power in Maine because of a snowstorm that struck northern New England.The Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. considers a customer to be a home or even a big building. Company spokeswoman Susan Faloon says crews are working 100 jobs to end a series of small...

After storm, 1,000 Maine customers still powerless

December 30, 2009 6:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 1,000 Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. customers still are without power in Maine because of a snowstorm that struck northern New England.The utility considers a customer to be a home or even a big building. Company spokeswoman Susan Faloon says crews are working to end a series of small...

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GRT Technology to Design-in RFaxis' RFX2401 RFeIC in Its Wireless ZigBee Product Lines

December 30, 2009 6:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RFaxis (http://www.rfaxis.com/) , a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless and connectivity markets, announced today that GRT Technology Co. Ltd has selected RFaxis' RFX2401 (http://www.rfaxis.com/our_products/rfx2401.php) RF Front-end...

A 'fountain of youth' for stem cells?

December 29, 2009 9:30 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair ) Stems cells used for transplantation in the nervous system to provide neural regeneration are fragile, but can be kept "forever young" during implantation through the use of self-assembling nanofiber scaffolds...

Superatoms mimic elements: Research gives new perspective on periodic table

December 29, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Penn State ) Research at Penn State has shown that certain combinations of elemental atoms have electronic signatures that mimic the electronic signatures of other elements. The findings could lead to much cheaper materials for widespread applications such as new sources of energy,...

Small molecules found to protect cells in multiple models of Parkinson's disease

December 29, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research ) Several structurally similar small molecules appear capable of protecting cells from alpha-synuclein toxicity, a hallmark of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by tremors, muscle...

Tarantula venom-based MD therapy to be advanced by UB scientists' biotech company

December 29, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( University at Buffalo ) University at Buffalo biophysicists have found a protein in tarantula venom that shows promise as a potential therapy for muscular dystrophy. They have formed a start-up biotech company in Buffalo -- Rose Pharmaceuticals -- to advance the drug to clinical trials.

2009 review: In green tech we must trust

December 29, 2009 9:27 am | by New Scientist | News | Comments

More brainpower than ever before has been expended on technologies to cut the damage we do to the environment – here are some of the most interesting

China introduces law to boost renewable energy

December 29, 2009 9:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - A new Chinese law requires power grid operators to buy all the electricity produced by renewable energy generators, in a move that will increase the proportion of energy that comes from renewable sources in coal-dependent China.

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