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Microbes produce fuels directly from biomass

January 27, 2010 9:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ) Researchers with the Joint BioEnergy Institute have developed a microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel fuel directly from biomass. Deploying the tools of synthetic biology, the JBEI researchers engineered a strain of E. coli...

No "scaling back" on U.S. cap-and-trade: John Kerry

January 27, 2010 8:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John Kerry, a key U.S. lawmaker trying to craft a cap-and-trade bill, denied a report on Wednesday that advocates of this plan to curb climate change were scaling back their efforts.

Designer Starck turns to micro wind turbines

January 27, 2010 8:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

MILAN (Reuters) - French designer Philippe Starck, creator of chic hotels, high-tech lamps and modern-style furniture, has turned his attention to energy with the design of two sleek micro wind-power turbines aimed at domestic use.


"Stealth" wind turbine blade may end radar problem

January 27, 2010 8:26 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - The development of a "stealth" turbine blade, based on military technology, may help overcome the problem of wind farms interfering with aviation radar systems, its developers said.

EU agrees to make lowest climate offer to U.N

January 27, 2010 7:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has decided to stick to its lowest offer for cutting carbon emissions under a U.N climate accord, but will maintain a conditional pledge to do more if others follow suit, EU diplomats said on Wednesday.

Ginkgo herbal medicines may increase seizures in people with epilepsy

January 27, 2010 7:26 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) Restrictions should be placed on the use of Ginkgo biloba -- a top-selling herbal remedy -- because of growing scientific evidence that Ginkgo may increase the risk of seizures in people with epilepsy and could reduce the effectiveness of anti-seizure...

Anti-spasticity medications need further research

January 27, 2010 7:26 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( UT Southwestern Medical Center ) Only a few anti-spasticity medications used for children with cerebral palsy are backed by sufficient research to justify their use, according to a new review of scientific literature headed by a UT Southwestern Medical Center neurologist and...

The secret life of smoke in fostering rebirth and renewal of burned landscape

January 27, 2010 7:23 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) The innermost secrets of fire's role in the rebirth and renewal of forests and grasslands are being revealed in research that has identified plant growth promoters and inhibitors in smoke. In the latest discovery about smoke's secret life, an...


Chevron Accused of Violating Free Speech Rights

January 27, 2010 6:14 am | News | Comments

Chevron is facing charges that its aggressive defense of a $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador is crossing the line into violating the free speech rights of its critics in the U.S.

WA to Expand Stormwater Treatment Systems

January 27, 2010 6:03 am | News | Comments

The state will retrofit highways with runoff retention ponds, swales or other systems that will filter out pollutants before they reach fish-bearing waters.

OSHA Cites Mueller Industries for 128 Safety Violations

January 27, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

Federal labor officials are recommending that three Mueller Industries subsidiaries in Mississippi pay $638,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to unsafe working conditions.

China's Cabinet says pollution situation still serious

January 27, 2010 5:30 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China still faces a serious threat from pollution despite recent government efforts to clean up, the Cabinet said on Wednesday, adding the country would step up investment in environmentally friendly industries.

Recycling at crux of Apple tablet's green rating

January 27, 2010 5:30 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

By Martin LaMonica, CNET Green Tech(;overviewHead)

Almost half of injured Haitians are likely to be children, pediatric emergency study indicates

January 27, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( University of Southern California ) A statistical study by a specialist group at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California indicates that the victims of the January 12 quake include an extraordinarily high number of children -- more than 110,000,...

Innovative technique can spot errors in key technological systems

January 27, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( National Science Foundation ) An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems ranging from satellites to weather instruments.


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