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Brand preference may be in the drink, not in the head, vodka study shows

June 13, 2010 9:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists are reporting the first identification of a chemical basis for people's preference for certain brands of vodka, which outsells rum, gin, whiskey and tequila. They found that vodka differs from simple water-ethanol solutions in ways that could alter vodka's perceived taste.

New Research Into The Deep Ocean Floor Yields Promising Results For Microbiologists

June 13, 2010 8:28 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Tennessee at Knoxville ) Research by a small group of microbiologists is revealing how marine microbes live in a mysterious area of the Earth: the realm just beneath the deep ocean floor. The ocean crust may be the largest biological reservoir on our planet.

China's Goldwind pulls $1.2 billiion Hong Kong IPO: source

June 13, 2010 6:30 pm | by Reuters | Comments

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's second-largest wind turbine maker, Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co, pulled its up-to-$1.2 billion initial public offering, a source said on Sunday, the fifth Hong Kong IPO shelved since last month.

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Obama wants BP escrow account

June 13, 2010 6:30 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will press BP executives this week to set up an escrow account to pay damage claims by individuals and businesses hurt by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

Obama: no intent to devalue BP

June 12, 2010 7:27 pm | by Reuters | Comments

BURAS, La./ LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday that he had no interest in undermining the value of oil company BP Plc following the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

New microbial genetic system dissects biomass to biofuel conversion

June 12, 2010 6:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

A research team has developed a powerful new tool that promises to unlock the secrets of biomass degradation, a critical step in the development of cost-effective cellulosic biofuels.

U.S. tells BP to devise better leak response in 48 hours

June 12, 2010 9:28 am | by Reuters | Comments

BOSTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Coast Guard official has told BP Plc the company's plans to contain the gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico do not go far enough or contain enough back-up measures.

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Obama and Cameron to discuss BP oil spill crisis

June 12, 2010 5:25 am | by Reuters | Comments

BURAS, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc's handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is likely to dominate talks on Saturday between U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

NREL's Alex Zunger Wins Prestigious Tomassoni Physics Prize and Science Medal

June 11, 2010 6:27 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

Dr. Alex Zunger, a Research Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been awarded two prestigious scientific honors - the 2010 Tomassoni Physics Prize and the Science Medal of Scola Physica Romana. These international prizes are administered by...

West Africans rue rising seas as climate talks stall

June 11, 2010 6:27 pm | by Reuters | Comments

GRAND-LAHOU, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - When the ocean swallowed up their homes, it also divided the people of this sleepy Ivorian fishing village -- half of them moved inland, the other half stayed to brave the waves.

Microsoft Security Vulnerability Disclosed

June 11, 2010 6:27 pm | by InformationWeek | Comments

A Google security researcher revealed the flaw; Microsoft may release out-of-cycle fix.

Flu's evolution strategy strikes perfect balance

June 11, 2010 6:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists have uncovered how the flu virus effectively evolves within and between host species. These findings overturn long-held assumptions about how the virus spreads. Better understanding how the flu replicates and evolves to infect new hosts will help scientists find new ways to...

Zooming in on an infant solar system: For the first time, astronomers have observed solar systems in the making in great detail

June 11, 2010 6:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Astronomers have observed in unprecedented detail the processes giving rise to stars and planets in nascent solar systems. The discoveries lay the groundwork for probing the formation of planets with the potential for life.

NASA helps in upcoming asteroid mission homecoming

June 11, 2010 6:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

The space and astronomy worlds have June 13 circled on the calendar. That's when the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) expects the sample return capsule of the agency's technology demonstrator spacecraft, Hayabusa, to boomerang back to Earth. The capsule, along with its mother...

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