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U.S. farm group sees gains from deforestation halt

May 26, 2010 5:27 pm | by Reuters | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Stopping global deforestation would boost U.S. agricultural revenue by $190 billion to $270 billion through 2030 by cutting unfair competition, a U.S. farm group and a nonprofit focused on climate change argued on Wednesday.

Nissan: electric cars could shed government aid in 4 years

May 26, 2010 1:24 pm | by Reuters | Comments

SMYRNA, Tennessee (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co and alliance partner Renault could market electric vehicles without government incentives within four years as global sales reach 500,000 to 1 million vehicles per year, executives said on Wednesday.

NASA's Swift Survey Finds 'smoking Gun' Of Black Hole Activation

May 26, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center ) Data from an ongoing survey by NASA's Swift satellite have helped astronomers solve a decades-long mystery about why a small percentage of black holes emit vast amounts of energy.

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Advances Made In Walking, Running Robots

May 26, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Oregon State University ) Researchers at Oregon State University have made an important fundamental advance in robotics, in work that should lead toward robots that not only can walk and run effectively, but use little energy in the process. By achieving an optimal approach with...

NASA Completes Critical Design Review Of One Landsat Instrument

May 26, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center ) NASA engineers have begun building hardware for a new Landsat satellite instrument that helps monitor water consumption -- an important capability in the US West where precipitation is sparse and water rights are allocated -- now that they have...

Genome Comparison Tools Found To Be Susceptible To Slip-ups

May 26, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Washington ) Tools used to align genomes from different species have serious quality-control issues, according to a new study that compared the alignments of 28 species' genomes.

Mathias On Mobility: Paving The Real Information Superhighway

May 26, 2010 1:24 pm | by InformationWeek | Comments

The FCC's mobile-broadband auction process is little more than the path to yet more hidden taxation.

Foxconn Opens Plant To Media But Deaths Continue

May 26, 2010 12:26 pm | by Manufacturing.net | Comments

Hours after media tour aimed at trying to repair an image damaged by a spate of employee suicides, another...

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DONG Energy CEO hails UK carbon floor price plan

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

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Europe should consider adopting the new British government's proposal for a floor price on carbon as a way to would steer the energy industry's future investment, Danish DONG Energy's chief said.

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...

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...

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