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Renewable Energy: Inexpensive metal catalyst can effectively generate hydrogen from water

April 30, 2010 11:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers have discovered an inexpensive metal that can generate hydrogen from neutral water, even if it is dirty, and can operate in sea water. Experts agree that hydrogen can play a key role in future renewable energy technologies if a relatively cheap, efficient and carbon-neutral...

UCSB scientists look beyond diamond for quantum computing

April 30, 2010 11:23 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of California - Santa Barbara ) A team of scientists at UC Santa Barbara that helped pioneer research into the quantum properties of a small defect found in diamonds has now used cutting-edge computational techniques to produce a road map for studying defects in...

Living in a high-crime neighborhood may worsen children's asthma

April 30, 2010 11:23 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Academy of Pediatrics ) After adjusting for the child's age, gender, family history of asthma and socioeconomic status, children were nearly twice as likely to have moderate/severe asthma if their caregivers reported high levels of stress or if the incidence of violent...

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Social networking sites may provide clues to teens' sexual intentions

April 30, 2010 11:23 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Academy of Pediatrics ) New research suggests that display of sexual references on teens' Facebook profiles is associated with their intention to initiate intercourse.

Lung cancer risk particularly high for heart and liver transplant recipients

April 30, 2010 10:26 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( European Society for Medical Oncology ) Heart and liver transplant recipients are at particularly high risk of developing lung cancer after receiving the donated organ

U.S. pushes BP to check oil spill menacing Gulf coast

April 30, 2010 10:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) - The U.S. government pushed energy giant BP to ramp up its efforts to avert an environmental disaster that could cost billions of dollars as a huge oil spill reached coastal Louisiana, imperiling fish and shrimp breeding grounds and wetlands teeming with...

Xstrata plans A$15 billion coal expansion in Australia

January 31, 2010 6:28 pm | by Reuters | Comments

PERTH (Reuters) - Xstrata, the world's top thermal coal exporter, is considering up to A$15 billion ($13.3 billion) investment to boost output at its Australian thermal coal project to 100 million metric tones a year, it said on Monday.

UK has to move beyond carbon cuts to stay competitive

January 31, 2010 2:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain needs to focus on more than just carbon dioxide emission cuts and manage its water, waste and food resources better to remain competitive, a report by the Aldersgate Group said on Monday. The group is a coalition of businesses, non-governmental organisations,...

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Copenhagen climate deal gets low-key endorsement

January 31, 2010 2:28 am | by Reuters | Comments

OSLO (Reuters) - Nations accounting for most of the world's greenhouse gas emissions have restated their promises to fight climate change, meeting a Sunday deadline in a low-key endorsement of December's "Copenhagen Accord."

India reiterates carbon goals for climate accord

January 31, 2010 12:28 am | by Reuters | Comments

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has reiterated a goal of slowing the rise of its carbon emissions by 2020 as part of pledges due by Sunday under a "Copenhagen Accord" to fight climate change, an official statement said.

IMF working on plans for "green fund"

January 30, 2010 4:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund is working on proposals for a multibillion dollar "green fund" to help countries tap funds to deal with the effects of climate change, the head of the institution said on Saturday.

Next generation weather/environmental satellite marks major milestone

January 30, 2010 4:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center ) The development of a new series of weather and environmental monitoring satellites has marked a significant milestone with the delivery and the beginning of spacecraft integration efforts for a key science instrument.

Merkel says Germany committed to nuclear fusion

January 30, 2010 5:28 am | by Reuters | Comments

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is committed to research into nuclear fusion as a clean and abundant source of alternative energy but international cooperation is vital, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday

Novozymes to Launch Ethanol Product in Q1

January 30, 2010 2:27 am | by Reuters | Comments

Danish biotech company Novozymes will launch a new enzyme to produce transport fuel from agricultural waste.

NASA's Mars Rover Spirit Starts a New Chapter

January 29, 2010 6:27 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

After six years of unprecedented exploration of the Red Planet, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit no longer will be a fully mobile robot. NASA has designated the once-roving scientific explorer a stationary science platform after efforts during the past several months to free it from a...

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