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Costly nuclear fusion demo worries cash-strapped EU

June 9, 2010 8:25 am | by Reuters | Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A funding battle is brewing in Europe over a 16-billion-euro ($21.5 billion) experiment to crack the puzzle of commercializing nuclear fusion -- the process that powers the sun.

Snakes in unexplained global decline

June 9, 2010 8:25 am | by Natural Environment Research Council | Comments

Snake populations have shown an alarming decline across the world over the last 22 years, report scientists today. Of 17 snake populations, including 11 species from five countries, 11 dropped sharply. The scientists say they don't yet know the exact reasons for the drops, but have...

Study Finds Beta Blockers Alone More Effective For First Variceal Bleeding

June 9, 2010 8:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Wiley-Blackwell ) A controlled trial conducted by researchers at the E-DA Hospital in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, suggests that a combination of band ligation and nadolol may not be the most effective prophylaxis for first variceal bleeding resulting from cirrhosis. Results of this study...

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A 'huge Step' Toward Mass Production Of Coveted Form Of Carbon

June 9, 2010 8:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) Scientists have leaped over a major hurdle in efforts to begin commercial production of a form of carbon that could rival silicon in its potential for revolutionizing electronics devices ranging from supercomputers to cell phones. Called graphene, the...

New Evidence That Drinking Coffee May Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes

June 9, 2010 8:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) Scientists are reporting new evidence that drinking coffee may help prevent diabetes and that caffeine may be the ingredient largely responsible for this effect. Their findings, among the first animal studies to demonstrate this apparent link, appear in...

ESA Makes First GOCE Dataset Available

June 9, 2010 8:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( European Space Agency ) The first products based on GOCE satellite data are now available online through ESA's Earth observation user services tools. ESA launched the satellite in March 2009 on a mission to map Earth's gravity with unprecedented accuracy and spatial resolution.

NTU International Conference To Promote Computer Graphics As A Multidisciplinary Field

June 9, 2010 8:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Nanyang Technological University ) Nanyang Technological University is hosting the Computer Graphics International Conference, one of the oldest and highly acclaimed international computer graphics conferences in the world, from June 8-11, 2010. Organized by NTU's Institute for...

Greener Horizons: Plastics May Grow On Trees

June 9, 2010 8:23 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) Money may not grow on trees, but gasoline, computers, and tennis shoes just might thanks to new biotech advances that could allow manufacturers to produce fuel, plastics, and other chemicals from plants instead of petroleum. That's the topic of an...

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TRAPPIST telescope to scout the sky and uncover exoplanets and comets

June 9, 2010 7:25 am | by Science Daily | Comments

A new robotic telescope has had first light at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory, in Chile. TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) is devoted to the study of planetary systems through two approaches: the detection and characterization of...

Michael Graetzel Wins The Millennium Technology Prize

June 9, 2010 7:23 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ) With a sum of 800,000 euros, the Millennium Technology Prize was given today, June 9, to EPFL professor Michael Graetzel. The jury in Helsinki has awarded the prize for the extraordinary career of the man whose dye-sensitized solar cells...

Report Finds FDA is 'Stretched Thin'

June 9, 2010 7:10 am | Comments

The report released by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council says the FDA lacks the vision necessary to protect consumers.

BP Near Processing Capacity, may Burn Off Oil

June 9, 2010 7:04 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writer | Comments

BP plans to bring in a floating production and storage vessel that can burn off some of the approximately 600,000 gallons of oil being collected each day.  

MN Plant to Produce Fertilizer Using Wind Power

June 9, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

Minnesota researchers have designed a $3.75 million carbon-free system that uses wind power from a towering turbine to produce anhydrous ammonia, skirting the need for expensive transmission lines.

Mr. Potato Head To Impersonate Elvis

June 9, 2010 6:28 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Elvis Presley estate has signed a deal for Hasbro and PPW Toys to release an Elvis version of Mr. Potato Head.

EADS: Selling A380 In U.S. A 'Challenge'

June 9, 2010 6:28 am | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

CEO of Airbus parent EADS says huge order from Dubai-based Emirates means A380 has passed a key test, but selling the superjumbo to U.S. airlines still a 'challenge.'

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