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China to host climate talks before Mexico meeting: report

July 5, 2010 2:26 am | by Reuters | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will host an extra round of international negotiations in October aimed at fostering agreement over a new climate treaty, the United Nations' top environment official said in remarks published on Monday.

BP says cost of oil spill hits $3.12 billion

July 5, 2010 2:25 am | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil company BP said it had so far spent $3.12 billion on the response effort to its Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP launches search for new investors: report

July 5, 2010 2:25 am | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Oil major BP Plc is seeking a strategic investor to secure its independence in the face of any takeover attempts as it struggles with a devastating oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, newspapers said on Sunday.


Digital Embryo Gains Wings

July 4, 2010 9:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( European Molecular Biology Laboratory ) Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have captured fruit fly development on film, creating the Fly Digital Embryo. In work published today in Nature Methods, they were also the first to clearly record how a zebrafish's eyes...

Obama commits nearly $2 billion to solar companies

July 4, 2010 7:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, under pressure to spur job growth, said on Saturday two solar energy companies will get nearly $2 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to create as many as 5,000 green jobs.

Air pollution doesn't increase risk of preeclampsia, early delivery, study finds

July 4, 2010 7:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

While pregnant women may worry about the effects of air pollution on their health and that of their developing child, exposure to carbon monoxide and fine particles in the air during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of preterm delivery or preeclampsia -- a serious condition...

Gulf beaches quiet as spill spreads

July 4, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

PENSACOLA BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - Gulf coast beaches, normally packed on Independence Day, were quiet on Sunday as workers cleaned up tar balls from BP's leaking oil well while the company was reported to be taking steps to ward off potential takeover bids.

Coolest stars come out of the dark: Spitzer spies frigid brown dwarfs

July 4, 2010 4:24 am | by Science Daily | Comments

Astronomers have uncovered what appear to be 14 of the coldest stars known in our universe. These failed stars, called brown dwarfs, are so cold and faint that they'd be impossible to see with current visible-light telescopes. Spitzer's infrared vision was able to pick out their feeble...


Molecules found in blue jean and ink dyes may lead to more efficient solar cells

July 4, 2010 4:24 am | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers have discovered a simple process -- employing molecules typically used in blue jean and ink dyes -- for building an organic framework that could lead to economical, flexible and versatile solar cells.

Tests start on "super skimmer" for Gulf oil spill

July 3, 2010 4:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A supertanker adapted to scoop up oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico began tests on Saturday amid a report that some major investors expect the energy giant to replace its top executives.

Excess nitrogen favors plants that respond poorly to rising CO<sub>2</sub>

July 2, 2010 11:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, so does the pressure on the plant kingdom. The hope among policymakers, scientists and concerned citizens is that plants will absorb some of the extra CO 2 and mitigate the impacts of climate change. For a few decades now, researchers...

Scientists uncover novel role for DNA repair protein linked to cancer

July 2, 2010 11:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Researchers report that DNA polymerase theta, or PolQ, promotes an inaccurate repair process, which can ultimately cause mutations, cell death or cancer.

Volcanic ash research shows how plumes end up in the jet stream

July 2, 2010 11:26 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

A volcanologist has shown how the jet stream -- the area in the atmosphere that pilots prefer to fly in -- also seems to be the area most likely to be impacted by plumes from volcanic ash.

Itochu to take part in U.S. lithium venture: report

July 2, 2010 6:27 pm | by Reuters | Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese trading house Itochu Corp is taking part in a U.S. project to extract lithium from wastewater used in geothermal power generation in California, the Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday.

Lawmakers urge guidance for clean energy loans

July 2, 2010 6:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two influential Democratic lawmakers warned on Friday that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could derail a $150 million clean-energy home-financing program and urged the Obama administration to rectify the problem with new regulatory guidance.


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