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Pacific warming continues: Australia weather bureau

December 22, 2009 7:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pacific Ocean temperatures remained at levels typical of a drought-bringing El Nino weather pattern, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday.

Man-made carbon dioxide affects ocean acoustics

December 22, 2009 3:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Oceanographers have that seawater sound absorption will drop by up to 70 percent already during this century. The scientists have examined the effects of man-made carbon dioxide under business-as-usual emissions and provide projections of the magnitude, time scale and regional extent of...

Gravity in Potsdam and a dignified Christmas tree ball

December 22, 2009 3:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Exactly one hundred years ago the force of gravity was measured for the first time with such accuracy that this measured value was established as a reference value world-wide.

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Brown dwarf pair mystifies astronomers

December 22, 2009 3:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Two brown dwarf-sized objects orbiting a giant old star show that planets may assemble around stars more quickly and efficiently than anyone thought possible, according to an international team of astronomers.

U.S. cracks down on lung-harming ship emissions

December 22, 2009 2:28 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday finalized engine and fuel standards for U.S. flagged ships to cut emissions that cause lung diseases and save more than $100 billion in health costs.

Opening a Window on the Mac

December 22, 2009 2:24 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

A quick guide for new Apple users that explains some of the ways the Mac operating system differs from Windows.

French body says Monsanto maize needs more study

December 22, 2009 1:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

PARIS (Reuters) - More research is needed into Monsanto's genetically modified maize MON 810, the only biotech crop commercially grown in Europe, to assess its environmental impact, a French advisory body said.

DuPont News: DuPont CEO: Positioning for Growth

December 22, 2009 1:26 pm | by Dupont | Comments

The University of Delaware recently invited DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman to speak to students in the Masters of Business Administration program and other guests as ...

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PRC makes decision in renewable energy case

December 22, 2009 1:12 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

New Mexico regulators issued a ruling Tuesday that clears the way for customers to take advantage of third-party power purchase agreements with renewable energy developers, potentially opening the door for more investment in solar systems.The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 to largely...

Ecology Coatings Caters to Paper & Packaging

December 22, 2009 12:30 pm | Comments

Ecology Coatings has developed UV-cured coatings specifically to address opportunities within the paper and packaging industry.

Nanoscale changes in collagen are a tipoff to bone health

December 22, 2009 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Michigan ) Using a technique that provides detailed images of nanoscale structures, researchers at the University of Michigan and Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital have discovered changes in the collagen component of bone that directly relate to bone health.

New, virulent strain of MRSA poses renewed antibiotic resistance concerns

December 22, 2009 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Oregon State University ) The often feared and sometimes deadly infections caused by MRSA -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- are now moving out of hospitals and emerging as an even more virulent strain in community settings and on athletic teams, and raising new...

Climate debate: What's warming us up? Human activity or Mother Nature?

December 22, 2009 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) A major analysis of the climate debate concludes that the majority of scientists agree that global warming is primarily man-made, although a vocal minority of skeptics is holding onto the idea that Mother Nature is the cause. The cover story of current...

Chemistry makes the natural 'wonder fabric' -- wool -- more wonderful

December 22, 2009 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) Scientists in China are reporting an advance that may improve the natural wonders of wool -- already regarded as the "wonder fabric" for its lightness, softness, warmth even when wet, and other qualities. They say the discovery could give wool a "brain,"...

School classroom air may be more polluted with ultrafine particles than outdoor air

December 22, 2009 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) The air in some school classrooms may contain higher levels of extremely small particles of pollutants -- easily inhaled deep into the lungs -- than polluted outdoor air, scientists in Australia and Germany are reporting in an article in ACS'...

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