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Pressure piles on BP as Gulf spill widens

May 23, 2010 11:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

VENICE, La (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was dispatching two Cabinet secretaries to the fouled Gulf Coast on Monday to keep pressure on energy giant BP to plug an undersea oil leak that threatens an ecological disaster.

Two peas in an irregular pod: How binary stars may form

May 23, 2010 11:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Our sun may be an only child, but most of the stars in the galaxy are actually twins. The sibling stars circle around each other at varying distances, bound by the hands of gravity. How twin stars form is an ongoing question in astronomy. Do they start out like fraternal twins developing...

Minnow with fangs, golden orb spider and carnivorous sponge make top 10 list of new species

May 23, 2010 11:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists have announced the top 10 new species described in 2009. The top 10 new species list includes a carnivorous sponge, bug-eating slug, edible yam, stinkhorn fungus,...

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Ribbon at edge of our solar system: Will the Sun enter a million-degree cloud of interstellar gas?

May 23, 2010 11:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Is the Sun going to enter a million-degree galactic cloud of interstellar gas soon? A U.S.-Polish team of scientists suggests that the ribbon of enhanced emissions of energetic neutral atoms, discovered last year by the NASA Small Explorer satellite IBEX, could be explained by a geometric...

Straw Residue Helps Keep Nitrogen On The Farm

May 23, 2010 9:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Society of Agronomy ) A research study evaluated the potential for straw residue to retain legume-derived nitrogen in a corn cropping system.

Harnessing The Power Of Stem Cells To Unlock The Secrets Of Motor Neuron Disease

May 23, 2010 5:23 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Edinburgh ) The Motor Neurone Disease Association is funding its first ever stem cell research program to help unlock the secrets of this fatal, neurological condition.

Government slams BP for missed deadlines on spill

May 23, 2010 4:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

VENICE, La/HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government threatened on Sunday to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico if it doesn't do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the needed know-how.

UK to miss key 2020 renewable, emissions targets: report

May 23, 2010 4:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain looks set to miss a European renewable energy target and its goal of a 34 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 as emissions decline more slowly, a report by Cambridge Econometrics said on Monday.

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Track methane to gauge size of BP spill: scientist

May 23, 2010 9:24 am | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To figure out how much oil has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, experts should measure the plumes of dissolved methane coming from the wrecked BP offshore rig, a marine scientist said on Sunday.

U.S. environment chief to visit Gulf, spill spreads

May 23, 2010 8:25 am | by Reuters | Comments

VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) - The top U.S. environmental official was to visit the Gulf Coast on Sunday as energy giant BP Plc scrambled to contain a widening oil spill.

BP to try several oil leak options, none certain

May 23, 2010 7:24 am | by Reuters | Comments

MIAMI (Reuters) - BP will press ahead with a series of short-term options, including one this week, to try to plug its gushing Gulf of Mexico oil well, and these will be attempted before it completes an expected relief well in August, BP Managing Director Bob Dudley said on Sunday.

"Human rights" urged for whales and dolphins

May 23, 2010 5:24 am | by Reuters | Comments

OSLO (Reuters) - Whales and dolphins should get "human rights" to life and liberty because of mounting evidence of their intelligence, a group of conservationists and experts in philosophy, law and ethics said Sunday.

Fixing oil spill is "no feat," say Iranians

May 23, 2010 5:24 am | by Reuters | Comments

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Plugging the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is no great challenge compared to what Iran has dealt with in the past, an official at Iran's drilling company said Sunday.

Schooling fish offer new ideas for wind farming

May 22, 2010 9:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

The quest to derive energy from wind may soon be getting some help from a fluid-dynamics expert -- and a school of fish.

Obama blames Gulf oil spill on "breakdown" at BP

May 22, 2010 7:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON/VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday blamed the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill on "a breakdown of responsibility" at energy giant BP Plc as he unveiled a commission to investigate the disaster.

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