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Exclusive: EU to overhaul GM crop approval system: sources

June 4, 2010 1:27 am | by Reuters | Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is to radically overhaul its approval system for genetically modified (GM) crops from next month, opening the way to large-scale GM cultivation in Europe, EU sources said on Friday.

Carnegie Mellon's Soccer-playing Robots Get Creative With Physics-based Planning

June 4, 2010 1:26 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Carnegie Mellon University ) Robot soccer players from Carnegie Mellon University competing in this month's RoboCup 2010 world championship in Singapore should be able to out-dribble their opponents, thanks to a new algorithm that helps them to predict the ball's behavior based on...

Fact Sheet on NCAR Simulations

June 4, 2010 1:26 am | by US Department of Energy | Comments

The simulations released today show the potential for oil to reach the Atlantic at some point in the future, but don't project when, where or whether any of it would make landfall or at what concentrations.

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Crickets - big brother is watching you

June 4, 2010 1:26 am | by Natural Environment Research Council | Comments

Wild insects beware. New research reveals that it's now possible to follow individual insects' efforts to reproduce in the wild. Before this, insect scientists had to be content with studying their subjects in the confines of a lab and were forever envious of colleagues who investigated...

How did higher life evolve? Brown algal genome opens new door to understanding multicellularity and photosynthesis

June 3, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

With the world's first complete sequencing of a brown algal genome, an international research team has made a big leap towards understanding the evolution of two key prerequisites for higher life on Earth -- multicellularity and photosynthesis. About 100 scientists and technicians, during...

Early Earth haze likely provided ultraviolet shield for planet

June 3, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

A thick organic haze that enshrouded early Earth several billion years ago may have been similar to the haze now hovering above Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and would have protected primordial life on the planet from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.

Drilling into the unknown: First exploration of a sub-glacial Antarctic lake is a major step closer

June 3, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists have located the ideal drill site for the first ever exploration of an Antarctic sub-glacial lake. Scientists have revealed the optimal drill site for exploring Lake Ellsworth, a sub-glacial lake comparable in size to England's Lake Windermere which is covered by three...

Aquatic life declines at early stages of urban development, research finds

June 3, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

The number of native fish and aquatic insects, especially those that are pollution sensitive, declines in urban and suburban streams at low levels of development -- levels often considered protective for stream communities, according to a new study.

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Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive, study shows

June 3, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Being outside in nature makes people feel more alive, finds a series of studies. And that sense of increased vitality exists above and beyond the energizing effects of physical activity and social interaction that are often associated with our forays into the natural world.

Laidler discusses Machinery Directive standards

June 3, 2010 6:27 pm | by Processingtalk | Comments

Many machine manufacturers may be inadvertently relying on out-of-date standards to demonstrate compliance with the Machinery Directive, according to Laidler Associates.

Suppliers to unveil Profibus and Profinet products

June 3, 2010 6:27 pm | by Processingtalk | Comments

An exhibition featuring equipment and technology demonstrations from a variety of Profibus and Profinet product and service suppliers is scheduled to take place in Stratford-upon-Avon on 29-30 June.

European carbon rises on firmer equities, oil

June 3, 2010 5:29 pm | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - European carbon emissions futures rose on Thursday, boosted by improved financial markets and a firmer oil price, traders said.

UK gets final EU warning over London air quality

June 3, 2010 5:29 pm | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Commission issued Britain with a final warning over air quality standards in London and British overseas territory Gibraltar Thursday.

U.S. wary of nuclear blast to stop Gulf oil leak

June 3, 2010 5:29 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The official in charge of managing the U.S. response to the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday downplayed the possibility of using a nuclear or other explosive device to try to seal off the well.

Environmental funds battled BP for years

June 3, 2010 5:29 pm | by Reuters | Comments

BOSTON (Reuters) - Even before BP Plc's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began in April, the company was losing its sterling reputation with fund managers focused on the environment.

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