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Podcasting Language

June 14, 2010 7:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Inderscience Publishers ) English is increasingly the lingua franca (as it were) of commerce, the internet, science, indeed many areas of human endeavor. Learning English is critical to international success for countless individuals in non-English speaking countries. As mobile...

Ultra-precise Optical Systems For Space

June 14, 2010 7:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ) Metal mirrors made with extremely high precision and exactly positioned are the key elements of modern telescopes. A new production technique enables complex optical surfaces to be manufactured with excellent trueness of shape and hitherto unattained...

Brilliant Counterfeit Protection

June 14, 2010 7:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ) Counterfeit products create losses in the billions each year. Beside the economic damages, all too often additional risks arise from the poor materials and shoddy workmanship of "knock-off artists." Yet with the aid of fluorescing dyes, materials can be...

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Leak Stopped at Dow Chemical Plant

June 14, 2010 6:27 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

Officials said the leak of a pair of chemicals from a rail car at a Dow Chemical plant in Louisville, Ky., has been stopped and area residents have been given clearance to go back outside.

Kagan Confimation Could Hurt Tobacco Case

June 14, 2010 6:27 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

If confirmed, Kagan would have to sit out review of racketeering lawsuit against cigarette makers, making it difficult for anti-tobacco advocates to find fifth vote to allow government to seek $280 billion of past profits.

Chinese Drug Regulator Fired

June 14, 2010 6:27 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

Deputy head of China's food and drug regulator is being investigated and has been dismissed from his post, state news agency said, citing an anti-corruption agency.

Japan's Mental Illness Workers Comp Claims Spike

June 14, 2010 6:27 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

Number of people who claimed workers' compensation for mental illnesses they suffered because of overwork or other work-related situations surged 22 percent.

FAA Under Pressure To Allow Drones Over U.S.

June 14, 2010 6:27 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act.

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Internet Firms In China Partner On Fair Practices

June 14, 2010 5:28 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

The group's goal is to limit malicious competition among online software and increase self oversight while increasing product openness.

Monsanto Company Adds TripleFLEX Herbicide to its Corn Portfolio

June 14, 2010 5:28 am | by Monsanto | Comments

ST. LOUIS (June 14, 2010) – Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced it has added an acetochlor premix formulation for pre-emerge and post-emerge use in corn to its corn herbicide portfolio.&nbs

Scientists Create Nano-patterned Superconducting Thin Films

June 14, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory ) A team of scientists has fabricated thin films patterned with large arrays of superconducting nanowires and loops with variable electrical resistance in an external magnetic field. Such superconducting nanowires and nano-loops might eventually...

Electricity Regulators from India Learn from California

June 14, 2010 5:23 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Three solid days of talks on feed-in tariffs, decoupling and demand-side management may not sound like exciting stuff to most people, but to certain a group of visitors from India, such topics could not be more welcome. This week, a 20-member delegation, including representatives of...

Google Claims Wi-Fi Data Gathering Legal

June 14, 2010 4:27 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

Three Congressmen have called for a FTC investigation of Google's discontinued practice of gathering data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks, but the search provider claims it broke no U.S. laws.

Siver nanoparticles are not harmful to fish

June 14, 2010 2:26 am | by Natural Environment Research Council | Comments

Scientists have found that tiny silver nanoparticles in rivers may not be as damaging to fish as previously thought. But there is still a lot to understand about nanoparticles before we can come up with standard tests to assess their toxic effects.

Brand preference may be in the drink, not in the head, vodka study shows

June 13, 2010 9:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists are reporting the first identification of a chemical basis for people's preference for certain brands of vodka, which outsells rum, gin, whiskey and tequila. They found that vodka differs from simple water-ethanol solutions in ways that could alter vodka's perceived taste.

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