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Ode to the Apricot

8 years ago from NY Times Health

This week, Martha Rose Shulman celebrates the nothing-like-it-flavor of ripe apricots, with their "tart edge and almond-y overtones.''

Leaving Vietnam and Readers' Questions

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Dr. Sterling says farewell to her research team in Vietnam and answers questions from readers.

Gillard to pick up Rudd's slack on climate

8 years ago from UPI

CANBERRA, Australia, June 24 (UPI) -- Julia Gillard, Australia's new prime minister, says she believes in climate change and a "price" on carbon. ...

Experto Crede: Climate Expertise Lacking among Global Warming Contrarians

8 years ago from Scientific American

A mathematician in Alberta, an oceanographer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a darling of climate change contrarians share a rare distinction in a new analysis of expertise about...

Caspian spill catastrophic, minister says

8 years ago from UPI

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 22 (UPI) -- An oil leak in the Caspian Sea barely the size of the Gulf of Mexico spill would be catastrophic, a former Russian...

Gender-bending fish problem in Colorado creek mitigated by treatment plant upgrade

8 years ago from

Male fish are taking longer to be 'feminised' by chemical contaminants that act as hormone disrupters in Colorado's Boulder Creek following the upgrade of a wastewater treatment plant in Boulder...

Ocean stirring and plankton patchiness

8 years ago from

Computer simulations performed by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre and the University of Glasgow show how oceanic stirring and mixing influence the formation and dynamics of plankton patches in...

Discovery of subatomic particles could answer deep questions in geology

8 years ago from

An international team including scientists from Princeton University has detected subatomic particles deep within the Earth's interior. The discovery could help geologists understand how reactions taking place in the planet's...

Enzyme trio for biosynthesis of hydrocarbon fuels

8 years ago from Science Blog

If concerns for global climate change and ever-increasing costs weren’t enough, the disastrous Gulf oil spill makes an even more compelling case for the development of transportation fuels that...

Best Odds Are on Siphoning, Not Stopping, Gulf Gusher

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Prospects appear slim for stopping the oil flow from the gulf seabed before August.

Body found near Deep River was scientist

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The body pulled out of the Ottawa River near the town of Deep River earlier this month belonged to a Chalk River scientist who disappeared in January, Ottawa police said...

Jerusalem City Council OKs demolition of 22 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

The approval, which threatens to renew friction between Israel and the U.S., clears way for an archaeological park and a shopping center. Palestinian Authority officials call decision 'unacceptable.' ...

Impasse broken on weather project

The long-running dispute over the contract to build Europe's next weather satellite's is settled.

Pakistan stands by Iranian gas project

8 years ago from UPI

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 21 (UPI) -- A natural gas pipeline from the South Pars gas field in Iran to Pakistan is a national priority for Islamabad, the Pakistani foreign...

Protests erupt over electricity in Basra

8 years ago from UPI

BASRA, Iraq, June 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi residents in the southern port city of Basra protested Monday following a shooting incident during energy demonstrations, officials said.

High-precision drilling robot, amongst novelties at Machine-Tool Biennial

8 years ago from Science Blog

It is clear that the future of manufacturing and automation is sustained on two fundamental premises — portable machinery and cooperative robotics — , according to the Machine-Tool...

Kenya hopes to become Africa's carbon trade hub

8 years ago from SciDev

Kenya's latest budget reveals big plans for the country to become a leader in carbon trading and to restore its damaged ecosystems.

Hundreds urged to evacuate ahead of Arizona wildfire

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

A fast-spreading wildfire swept across 7-square miles of land on the outskirts of this forested mountain city, threatening homes and prompting calls for hundreds of evacuations.

British geologists probe Arctic origins

8 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Two British scientists are heading to Ellesmere Island to continue research aimed at unlocking the geological origins of the Arctic.

Mexico: US$450 million against climate change

8 years ago from SciDev

Mexico will receive a US$450 million loan from the World Bank for mitigating the impact of climate change on the water sector.

Can the River Save the Deltas?

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Gushing water from the Mississipi River into Lousiania's delta wetlands may help mitigate oil contamination, researchers believe.

Controversial plan to revive Dead Sea

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Activists unite with industrialists to oppose World Bank study into project to transport water from Red SeaIn a plastic-lined hole in a spit of sand stretching out into the Dead Sea, something...

Stephen Hawking on PI and Progress

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

In a public address before a packed audience at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), Prof. Stephen Hawking, PI Distinguished Research Chair, recounted his research, life and times, saying that...

BP says $2 billion spent on US oil spill

8 years ago from Physorg

BP revealed Monday it has so far spent two billion dollars on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, after an internal BP document suggested the gusher might be spewing far...

Climate change commitments 'missing' in G8 Accountability Report

8 years ago from

WWF is critical of the G8 Accountability Report released today for not measuring progress on one of the most substantial G8 development and climate change commitments to date: to limit...

Chopper crash kills 4 in Afghanistan

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

Australian officials say three of the dead were Australians, and a U.S. officer says the fourth service member killed was American. There were no indications of enemy involvement. ...

China wants Iran's gas despite sanctions

8 years ago from UPI

BUSHEHR, Iran, June 21 (UPI) -- Beijing remains keen on operating in the North Pars natural gas field despite tight new sanctions on Tehran, diplomats said in Bushehr, Iran.

Roy Greenslade: Sunday Times 'correction' was a giant climbdown

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

The Sunday Times carried a rather large "correction" yesterday that, once read alongside the original offending article, amounted to a complete retraction. In fact, it was a giant climbdown. In The Sunday Times...