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Huge U.S. oil spill drifts west; BP mulls options

May 9, 2010 8:28 pm | by Reuters | Comments

ROBERT, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc engineers desperately explored options on Sunday to control oil gushing from a ruptured well deep under the Gulf of Mexico after a setback with a huge undersea containment dome fueled fears of a prolonged and growing environmental disaster.

Quality of a tomato depends more on temperature than on natural light

May 9, 2010 8:27 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers questioned the generally held belief that the quality of tomatoes depends primarily on their exposure to natural light and states that the most determining factor is temperature.

Atomic movement during photosynthesis photographed with X-ray flash

May 9, 2010 8:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers in Sweden have managed, with the help of an advanced X-ray flash, to photograph the movement of atoms during photosynthesis. The achievement could be used in the solar panels of the future, where researchers hope to be able to imitate the sophisticated energy conversion of...


Novel artificial pancreas successfully controls blood sugar more than 24 hours

May 9, 2010 8:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

An artificial pancreas system that closely mimics the body's blood sugar control mechanism was able to maintain near-normal glucose levels without causing hypoglycemia in a small group of patients.

Pluripotent and differentiated human cells reside in decidedly different epigenomic landscapes

May 8, 2010 7:27 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Human embryonic stem cells possess remarkable properties of self-renewal and pluripotency, the ability to become almost any kind of cell within the body. And yet they share the same genome or set of genes with lineage-committed cells, cells fated to be or do one thing.

Algae advances as a 'green' alternative for improving water quality

May 8, 2010 7:27 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Algae -- already being eyed for biofuel production -- could be put to use right away to remove nitrogen and phosphorus in livestock manure runoff, according to an agricultural scientist.

GOCE satellite determines gravitational force in the Himalayas

May 8, 2010 7:27 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers report the first interim results of the ESA mission GOCE, the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer. Evaluations of the first data from the satellite indicate that current models of Earth's gravitational field in some regions -- the Himalayas, for example...

BP suffers snag in Gulf oil containment effort

May 8, 2010 6:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

ROBERT, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc suffered a setback on Saturday in an attempt to contain oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico with a huge metal dome when crystallized gas filled the structure, a blow to hopes of a quick, temporary solution to a growing environmental disaster.


Oil catcher dome hits snag near leak site: BP exec

May 8, 2010 12:24 pm | by Reuters | Comments

ROBERT, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc hit a snag in its efforts to lower a giant containment dome to trap oil from a blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well on the sea floor that could take two days to troubleshoot, a BP executive said on Saturday.

Magnetic fields drive drug-loaded nanoparticles to reduce blood vessel blockages in an animal study

May 7, 2010 9:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists and engineers have used uniform magnetic fields to drive iron-bearing nanoparticles to metal stents in injured blood vessels, where the particles deliver a drug payload that successfully prevents blockages in those vessels. In this animal study, the novel technique achieved...

Honeywell, GreenFiber To Partner On Enovate™PRO Contractor Program

May 7, 2010 8:26 pm | by Honeywell International | Comments

GreenFiber to distribute new line of Honeywell weatherization products, work together to identify and develop contractors for Honeywell program MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., May 6, 2010 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced a strategic partnership with US GreenFiber LLC, the largest...

Panasonic Redirects Its Energy

May 7, 2010 8:25 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Panasonic announced plans to invest more on rechargeable batteries, solar panels and other green energy products over the next three years while scaling back capital spending for television and other home electronics.

Massive dome lowered at site of huge U.S. oil spill

May 7, 2010 5:30 pm | by Reuters | Comments

ROBERT, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc engineers using undersea robots maneuvered a massive metal chamber to fit over a gushing ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday in their best chance yet to contain a leak that threatens an environmental catastrophe on U.S. shores.

National Grid unit to buy power from Cape Wind

May 7, 2010 3:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a landmark move that should help the first major U.S. offshore wind farm gain financing, a unit of UK-based National Grid agreed to buy power from the $1 billion Cape Wind project, which has won approval after a nine year struggle.

Engineers diagnosing Voyager 2 data system

May 7, 2010 1:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Engineers have shifted NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft into a mode that transmits only spacecraft health and status data while they diagnose an unexpected change in the pattern of returning data. Preliminary engineering data received on May 1 show the spacecraft is basically healthy, and that...


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