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U.S. initiates weekly ethanol production report

June 10, 2010 5:24 am | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States continued on the path of producing more ethanol, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday in its first weekly production report on the alternative motor fuel.

Climate already helping disease spread north: study

June 10, 2010 4:29 am | by Reuters | Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Rising global temperatures might already be helping infectious diseases to creep north, according to a report by European scientists.

Giant steps help predators find food

June 10, 2010 2:26 am | by Natural Environment Research Council | Comments

Large ocean predators like tuna, sharks and ocean sunfish use two different tactics to search for food depending on whether it's abundant or sparse, scientists have shown for the first time. When their prey is patchy, open-ocean predators make long swims followed by lots of smaller ones...


La Nina brings cheers, Australia wheat crop to flourish

June 10, 2010 1:25 am | by Reuters | Comments

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australia's wheat crop is expected to flourish and coffee cherries in Vietnam may receive much-needed rains after a brief yet severe dry spell as the La Nina weather phenomenon develops.

Cheap solar cell inventor wins Finnish tech award

June 9, 2010 7:27 pm | by Reuters | Comments

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The inventor of a new type of solar cell won the Finnish state and industry-funded Millennium Technology Prize, the prize's foundation said on Wednesday.

World's largest DNA scan reveals rare variants that disrupt gene activity in autistic children

June 9, 2010 7:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

The largest DNA scan for familial autism found rare genetic changes occurring nearly 20 percent more in autistic children than healthy children. Not always found in autistic children's parents, these variants suggest that tiny genetic errors occur during formation of the parents' eggs and...

Tracking coral larvae to understand Hawai'i reef health

June 9, 2010 7:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists will use satellite-tracked drifters to track the coral larvae's dispersal along O'ahu's south shore in an effort to better understand why certain reefs in Maunalua Bay are doing well and others are doing poorly.

BP shares plunge as U.S. threatens new penalties

June 9, 2010 5:27 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British energy giant BP Plc's stock price plunged to a 14-year low in U.S. trading on Wednesday amid concerns over its ability to meet mounting costs of the giant Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


Southern Co, partners building 30-MW solar plant

June 9, 2010 4:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Solar-panel installation has begun at the 30-megawatt Cimarron Solar Facility in northern New Mexico, the project partners said on Wednesday.

Smart to test electric cars in some U.S. cities

June 9, 2010 4:24 pm | by Reuters | Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microcar maker Smart USA is launching a 250-strong test fleet of electric cars in certain U.S. cities this year, as part of a broader push to boost the brand's cache among the urban set.

Liposome-hydrogel Hybrids: No Toil, No Trouble For Stronger Bubbles

June 9, 2010 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ) Researchers at NIST, the University of Maryland (UM) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have developed a method to combine liposomes and particles of hydrogel in a hybrid nanoscale particle that may one day travel...

'Instant Acid' Method Offers New Insight Into Nanoparticle Dispersal In The Environment And The Body

June 9, 2010 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ) Using a chemical trick that allows them to change the acidity of a solution almost instantly, a team at NIST has demonstrated a simple and effective technique for quantifying how the stability of nanoparticle solutions change...

Solution To Beading-saliva Mystery Has Practical Purposes

June 9, 2010 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Purdue University ) Researchers have discovered precisely why strands of some fluids containing long molecules called polymers form beads when stretched, findings that could be used to improve industrial processes and for administering drugs in "personalized medicine."

SunPower says U.S. solar demand strong

June 9, 2010 1:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Demand for photovoltaic solar power systems is strong and continues to grow, although the large utility market continues to lag, the chief executive of SunPower Corp said on Wednesday.

EU carbon nudges down in quiet market open

June 9, 2010 1:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - European carbon emissions futures were down 3 cents or 0.2 percent in early trade on Wednesday, following strong gains on Tuesday.


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