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China speeds up resettlement in water mega-scheme

December 29, 2009 9:26 am | by Reuters | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will use stimulus spending to speed up shifting 330,000 people slated to be displaced for a vast water transfer project, accelerating work on the troubled scheme, an official newspaper said on Tuesday.

Molecular chaperone keeps bacterial proteins from slow-dancing to destruction

December 29, 2009 9:26 am | by Science Daily | Comments

Just like teenagers at a prom, proteins are tended by chaperones whose job it is to prevent unwanted interactions among immature clients. And at the molecular level, just as at the high school gym level, it's a job that usually requires a lot of energy.

Ladder-walking locusts show big brains aren't always best

December 29, 2009 9:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Cambridge ) Scientists have shown for the first time that insects, like mammals, use vision rather than touch to find footholds. They made the discovery thanks to high-speed video cameras -- technology the BBC uses to capture its stunning wildlife footage -- that they...

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Cockroaches offer inspiration for running robots

December 29, 2009 9:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Oregon State University ) The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering marvel, and is providing researchers at Oregon State University with what they call "bioinspiration" in a quest to build the world's first...

Emerald BioStructures announces discovery of small molecule modulators of PDE4

December 29, 2009 9:22 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( MacDougall Biomedical Communications, Inc. ) Emerald BioStructures announced today a publication in the Dec. 27, 2009, advance online issue of Nature Biotechnology, detailing the application of structure-based drug design to engineer new allosteric small molecule modulators of the...

Pressure rises to stop antibiotics in agriculture

December 29, 2009 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

EDITOR'S NOTE: Once-curable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria are coming back, as germs rapidly mutate to form aggressive strains that resist drugs. The reason: The misuse of the very drugs that were supposed to save us has built up drug resistance worldwide. Third in a five-part series.By...

Illinois commission OKs plan to buy wind power

December 29, 2009 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a plan that would allow the agency that buys electricity on behalf of utility customers to seek proposals for long-term wind-power contracts.The commission on Monday voted 3-1 to allow the Illinois Power Agency to negotiate the long-term deals with...

Versus Technology Announces Fiscal Year Results

December 29, 2009 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Versus Technology, Inc. ("Versus" or the "Company") (PINKSHEETS: VSTI) announced revenues of $5,574,000 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2009, compared to revenues of $5,774,000 for fiscal year 2008. Revenues for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2009, were $1,669,000 compared to...

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Four Killed at Osaka Flourine Plant Explosion

December 28, 2009 8:09 am | Comments

A blast at Morita Chemical Industries Co. in Osaka's Yodogawa Ward occurred when workers were cutting away the top of a chemical tank as part of efforts to clean it.

DuPont Seeks to Move Chemical Leak Trial After Bad Publicity

December 28, 2009 7:56 am | Comments

Bad publicity has prompted chemical giant DuPont to ask a federal judge to move a second trial stemming from a 2004 sulfur trioxide release.

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Named 2009 wirelessHART Plant of the Year

December 23, 2009 9:23 am | Comments

The HART Communication Foundation has selected the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation ethylene plant located in Kashima, Japan, as recipient of the 2009 HART Plant of the Year Award.

Voluntary CO2 offset market ends year on down note

December 23, 2009 4:28 am | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - Demand for voluntary carbon offsets declined in December, traditionally one of the market's busiest months, as a slow year meant retailers did not face the usual scramble to square their books, market players said.

EU carbon rises, German power supports

December 23, 2009 4:28 am | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - European Union carbon emissions futures rose on Wednesday, supported by German power prices, but have not yet clawed back all of Monday's 9 percent fall. EU Allowances for December 2010 delivery were up 22 cents or 1.73 percent at 12.93 euros ($18.45) a tonne at 1349...

Verizon Sees Advanced Apps On LTE Network

December 23, 2009 4:23 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

Developers will find Verizon's 700-MHz Long Term Evolution network friendly to classes of applications never before available on wireless networks, the company says.

New insights into mushroom-derived drug promising for cancer treatment

December 23, 2009 4:22 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council ) A promising cancer drug, first discovered in a mushroom commonly used in Chinese medicine, could be made more effective thanks to researchers who have discovered how the drug works. The research is funded by the Biotechnology...

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