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EU agrees to make lowest climate offer to U.N

January 27, 2010 7:27 am | by Reuters | Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has decided to stick to its lowest offer for cutting carbon emissions under a U.N climate accord, but will maintain a conditional pledge to do more if others follow suit, EU diplomats said on Wednesday.

Ginkgo herbal medicines may increase seizures in people with epilepsy

January 27, 2010 7:26 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) Restrictions should be placed on the use of Ginkgo biloba -- a top-selling herbal remedy -- because of growing scientific evidence that Ginkgo may increase the risk of seizures in people with epilepsy and could reduce the effectiveness of anti-seizure...

Anti-spasticity medications need further research

January 27, 2010 7:26 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( UT Southwestern Medical Center ) Only a few anti-spasticity medications used for children with cerebral palsy are backed by sufficient research to justify their use, according to a new review of scientific literature headed by a UT Southwestern Medical Center neurologist and...

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The secret life of smoke in fostering rebirth and renewal of burned landscape

January 27, 2010 7:23 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) The innermost secrets of fire's role in the rebirth and renewal of forests and grasslands are being revealed in research that has identified plant growth promoters and inhibitors in smoke. In the latest discovery about smoke's secret life, an...

Chevron Accused of Violating Free Speech Rights

January 27, 2010 6:14 am | Comments

Chevron is facing charges that its aggressive defense of a $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador is crossing the line into violating the free speech rights of its critics in the U.S.

WA to Expand Stormwater Treatment Systems

January 27, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

The state will retrofit highways with runoff retention ponds, swales or other systems that will filter out pollutants before they reach fish-bearing waters.

OSHA Cites Mueller Industries for 128 Safety Violations

January 27, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

Federal labor officials are recommending that three Mueller Industries subsidiaries in Mississippi pay $638,000 in fines for allegedly exposing employees to unsafe working conditions.

China's Cabinet says pollution situation still serious

January 27, 2010 5:30 am | by Reuters | Comments

BEIJING (Reuters) - China still faces a serious threat from pollution despite recent government efforts to clean up, the Cabinet said on Wednesday, adding the country would step up investment in environmentally friendly industries.

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Recycling at crux of Apple tablet's green rating

January 27, 2010 5:30 am | by Reuters | Comments

By Martin LaMonica, CNET Green Tech(http://news.cnet.com/greentech/?tag=rb_content;overviewHead)

Almost half of injured Haitians are likely to be children, pediatric emergency study indicates

January 27, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Southern California ) A statistical study by a specialist group at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California indicates that the victims of the January 12 quake include an extraordinarily high number of children -- more than 110,000,...

Innovative technique can spot errors in key technological systems

January 27, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( National Science Foundation ) An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems ranging from satellites to weather instruments.

Virtual Disaster Viewer aids Haiti relief effort

January 27, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ) An innovative web tool that allows earthquake experts worldwide to pool knowledge quickly and effectively is boosting action to help Haiti's earthquake victims. The Virtual Disaster Viewer is being used by relief agencies...

Signing contracts on the telephone

January 27, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ) Researchers at Fraunhofer SIT have developed a digital signature for Internet telephony that allows the legally binding archiving of calls. At the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the experts will be demonstrating how the VoIPS software works.

A forensic analysis of Hurricane Katrina's impact: methods and findings

January 27, 2010 5:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Elsevier ) A recent special edition of the Elsevier journal Ocean Engineering provides an analysis of the impact of Hurricane Katrina and an overview of the lessons learned in the aftermath of the disaster.

Lawmakers Want to Separate Drugmakers & Doctors

January 27, 2010 5:22 am | by MARTIGA LOHN, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Three proposals by Minnesota lawmakers aim to further regulate the relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical companies.

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