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U.S. steps up Cuba cooperation after Gulf oil spill

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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has licensed a Houston-based oil drilling group to travel to Cuba to start cooperation on safety and environmental practices following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Obama presses energy reform in aftermath of oil spill

May 26, 2010 12:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

FREMONT, California (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pressed for an overhaul of U.S. energy policy on Wednesday, seeking to harness outrage over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to move the country away from its dependence on foreign fuels.

BP, Transocean workers argued before blast: witness

May 26, 2010 12:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Before rig workers aboard a doomed drilling platform performed a procedure that BP Plc says may have been a "fundamental mistake," there was a "skirmish" between BP and Transocean staff about whether to proceed, the rig's chief mechanic told federal investigators on...

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Discovery May Lead To Safer Drinking Water, Cheaper Medicine: Queen's University Researchers

May 26, 2010 11:23 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Queen's University ) A discovery that may pave the way to helping reduce health hazards such as E. coli in water could also make chemicals and drugs such as insulin cheaper to produce and their production more environmentally friendly.

You May Be Closer to a College Degree Than You Thought

May 26, 2010 10:26 am | by Society of Manufacturing Engineers | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. May 26, 2010 — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and The University of Phoenix have reached an agreement that will provide holders of SME certifications with articulation credits toward their college degree. This will enable them to expedite their time...

Discovery: Yeast Make Plant Hormone That Speeds Infection

May 26, 2010 10:23 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Worcester Polytechnic Institute ) In a paper featured in the "highlights" section of the May 2010 issue of the journal Genetics, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute reports that yeast produce a hormone previously known to be made by plants, and that the presence of...

Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd. and BASF Sign Worldwide, Exclusive Insecticide Co-Development Agreement

May 26, 2010 9:28 am | by 1888PressRelease | Comments

BASF announced today the signing of an agreement with Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd. (?Meiji Seika?) for the co-development of an exciting new insecticide for the control of piercing and sucking insects, code named ME5343.

Researchers Calculate The Greenhouse Gas Value Of Ecosystems

May 26, 2010 9:28 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ) Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new, more accurate method of calculating the change in greenhouse gas emissions that results from changes in land use. The new approach takes into account many factors not...

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UTK-ORNL-Oslo Theorists Pin Down The Proton-halo State In Flourine-17

May 26, 2010 9:28 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Tennessee at Knoxville ) A halo nucleus has one or more nucleons that are only weakly bound to the nuclear core. Consequently, they drift far away from it, forming, in effect, a halo. These nuclei are difficult to study because their lives are both short and fragile....

Little-known Mouth Fluid May Lead To Test For Gum Disease

May 26, 2010 9:27 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) A little-known fluid produced in tiny amounts in the gums, those tough pink tissues that hold the teeth in place, has become a hot topic for scientists trying to develop an early, noninvasive test for gum disease, the No. 1 cause of tooth loss in adults....

Better Animal-free Test For Chemicals That Can Cause Contact Dermatitis

May 26, 2010 9:27 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) Scientists are reporting development of a fast, simple, inexpensive method for determining whether chemicals in consumer products and workplaces may cause skin allergies in people -- a method that does not involve use of animals. Their study appears in...

FDA: Rare Cases of Liver Injury Reported with Use of Xenical, Alli

May 26, 2010 9:27 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today advised consumers and health care professionals about potential rare occurrences of severe liver injury in patients taking the weight-loss medication orlistat, marketed as Xenical and Alli.

Love It Or Hate It, PowerPoint Shapes Strategy-making, Says New Rotman Paper

May 26, 2010 9:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management ) It's a staple presentation tool in most businesses. Its been banned as a productivity killer. Say what you like about PowerPoint, the computer software that presents business cases like a slide show, but one researcher at the...

U.S., China Launch Airline Biofuel Venture

May 26, 2010 8:50 am | Comments

The United States and China launched a research venture Wednesday to develop biofuels for use by Chinese airlines based on algae or oily nuts.

BP Accused of Taking Shortcuts; Top Kill Attempt Ready

May 26, 2010 8:42 am | Comments

Senior managers complained BP was "taking shortcuts" by replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater in the well that blew out.

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