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Toshiba develops battery with automakers

May 17, 2010 12:23 am | by Reuters | Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronic conglomerate Toshiba Corp said on Monday it is developing lithium-ion batteries with multiple automakers as it seeks to benefit from growing demand for more environment-friendly cars.

Bacterial genes that improve plant growth by 40% identified

May 16, 2010 8:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

To find out what makes microbe-plant interactions "tick," scientists decoded the genome of a plant-dwelling microbe they'd shown could increase plant growth by 40 percent. The work could move the approach of using bacteria as growth-promoting agents one step closer to implementation for...

Death of a star in 3D: New computer models show in detail how supernovae obtain their shape

May 16, 2010 8:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers have for the first time managed to reproduce the asymmetries and fast-moving iron clumps of observed supernovae by complex computer simulations in all three dimensions. To this end they successfully followed the outburst in their models consistently from milliseconds after the...

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How spiders create silk threads: Lowering pH regulates spider’s silk production, researchers find

May 16, 2010 8:23 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

How can a tiny spider body contain material for several decimeters of gossamer silk, and what governs the conversion to thread? Researchers in Sweden can now explain this process.

Emission calculator shows potential energy savings

May 16, 2010 6:25 pm | by Processingtalk | Comments

Beko Technologies has added an emission calculator to its website that helps businesses gain an idea of the savings in energy and costs that can be achieved by fitting a Bekomat zero air-loss drain.

Climate change threatens health by Mediterranean

May 16, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

OSLO (Reuters) - People in cities around the Mediterranean including Athens, Rome and Marseilles are likely to suffer most in Europe from ever more scorching heatwaves this century caused by climate change, scientists said on Sunday.

Australia minister says wants to help coal seam gas

May 16, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

BRISBANE (Reuters) - Australia's federal government is committed to helping the nation's fledgling coal seam gas and floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry get off the ground as the sector weighs the implications of a new mining tax, Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson...

BP marks first success in containing oil spill

May 16, 2010 5:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

HOUSTON/GALLIANO, Louisiana (Reuters) - Energy giant BP marked a limited success at containing the oil that is gushing unabated into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and said it may be able to stop the flow permanently in about a week.

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Brown Geologists Show Unprecedented Warming In Lake Tanganyika

May 16, 2010 11:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Brown University ) Geologists led by Brown University have documented that Lake Tanganyika in east Africa has experienced unprecedented warming in the last century. Using core samples obtained from the lake bed, the team determined the lake is currently the warmest it has been in...

Africa's lake Tanganyika warming fast, life dying

May 16, 2010 9:25 am | by Reuters | Comments

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Africa's lake Tanganyika has heated up sharply over the past 90 years and is now warmer than at any time for at least 1,500 years, a scientific paper said on Sunday, adding that fish and wildlife are threatened.

Dow Declares Quarterly Dividend of 15 Cents per Share

May 16, 2010 8:25 am | by Dow Chemical Company | Comments

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has declared a dividend of 15 cents per share, payable July 30, 2010, to shareholders of record on June 30, 2010.

Under pressure, BP tries again to contain oil spill

May 16, 2010 7:26 am | by Reuters | Comments

GALLIANO, Louisiana (Reuters) - Energy giant BP made another attempt to siphon gushing oil from an offshore well as political pressure and public outrage increased over the company's slow progress at stopping environmental disaster.

U.S. urges China to keep an open technology policy

May 16, 2010 7:26 am | by Reuters | Comments

HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke urged China on Sunday to remain open to U.S. and other foreign technology as it ramps up investment in clean energy to fight global warming and secure its economy.

Middle-aged men: Could dwindling testosterone levels decrease sleep?

May 16, 2010 5:25 am | by Science Daily | Comments

At 30 years old, male testosterone levels drop by one to two percent annually. By age 40, men's quality of sleep begins to diminish. Could there be a link between decreased testosterone and reduced sleep?

BP struggles with latest bid to contain oil spill

May 15, 2010 9:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

GALLIANO, La./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - BP Plc struggled on Saturday to get its latest effort to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill to work as the Obama administration demanded the British energy giant clarify its intentions on paying for damage caused by the accident.

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