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FDA Clears Bioplastic for Use with Food

May 13, 2010 6:16 am | News | Comments

Biosciences company Metabolix announced that U.S. regulators approved its corn sugar technology for use in items such as plastic utensils, lids and caps.

Safety Equipment Failures Show Lack of Regulation

May 13, 2010 6:09 am | by H. JOSEF HEBERT, JEFF DONN & MITCH WEISS, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

A devastating sequence of equipment failures underscores the fact that key safety features at tens of thousands of U.S. offshore rigs are barely regulated.

Engineers To Examine American Manufacturing's Future

May 13, 2010 5:25 am | by | News | Comments

National Academy of Engineering is gathering at the University of Michigan to examine how to turn the tide in the shrinking American manufacturing sector.


Amateur geologist finds spectacular tree fossils in Scotland

May 13, 2010 5:24 am | by Natural Environment Research Council | News | Comments

An amateur geologist from Scotland has found a hoard of exquisitely preserved, 350 million year old fossil tree trunks. The findings reveal the wood's delicate inner structure, including the growth rings that suggest an irregular climate.

Global CIO: Indiana To IBM: Drop Dead

May 13, 2010 4:26 am | by InformationWeek | News | Comments

Column about Indiana saying it will not pay IBM the $125 million IBM says it is owed as a final payment for an IT-outsourcing and business-process management deal that Indiana canceled because it felt the IBM system was not working properly.

India green energy to power jump in CER issuance: study

May 13, 2010 3:25 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A surge in renewable energy investments could drive a tripling of U.N.-backed carbon offsets issued to emission reduction projects in India by end-2012, a report said on Thursday.

Sanyo to supply Suzuki with hybrid car batteries

May 13, 2010 2:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sanyo Electric, the world's largest maker of rechargeable batteries, said on Thursday it would supply Suzuki Motor with lithium-ion battery systems for its plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Maiden voyage for first true space sail

May 12, 2010 8:25 pm | by New Scientist | News | Comments

Next week Japan hopes to demonstrate the first sail to harness the sun for propulsion through space


Venus orbiter to fly close to super-rotating wind

May 12, 2010 8:25 pm | by New Scientist | News | Comments

Japan will send its first spacecraft to another planet next week, to explore why winds race round Venus at such huge speeds

New water-splitting catalyst: Researchers expand list of potential electrode materials that could be used to store energy

May 12, 2010 8:25 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Researchers have found yet another formulation, based on inexpensive and widely available materials, that can efficiently catalyze the splitting of water molecules using electricity. This could ultimately form the basis for new storage systems that would allow buildings to be completely...

Rare toxic algae identified

May 12, 2010 8:24 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Scientists have identified an unusual species of pathogenic algae that causes human skin infections. The finding should improve our understanding of how rare species of algae are sometimes able to cause serious disease in humans and animals.

Keithley to broadcast webinar about Flash testing

May 12, 2010 7:26 pm | by Processingtalk | News | Comments

Keithley Instruments, a provider of advanced electrical test instruments and systems, will broadcast a free, web-based seminar, entitled 'New Methods for Testing Flash Memory' on 20 May 2010.

Congress quizzes oil executives

May 12, 2010 5:27 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

WASHINGTON/PORT FOURCHON, Louisiana (Reuters) - Lawmakers on Wednesday pressed oil executives about flaws in an important safety device on a blown-out Gulf of Mexico well as BP pushed another effort to control a huge oil spill that threatens an environmental disaster.

Mexico eyes up to 10 new nuclear plants by 2028

May 12, 2010 4:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) - Mexico may build up to 10 new nuclear power stations by 2028 under one scenario being evaluated by the state electricity monopoly, the company said in a presentation on Wednesday.

U.S. lags China on climate change: Europe climate chief

May 12, 2010 4:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States' future as a global economic power depends on what it does to fight global warming and it is lagging behind other countries like China, Europe's climate chief said on Wednesday.


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