Health

Chilean Video Game Teaches Kids About Biology
October 14, 2009 04:03 PM - Vanessa L. Bourlier, ENN, SciDevNet

A nanorobot which defends a single cell against dangers such as the AIDS virus or H1N1 is the main character of a video game about molecular biology that is being developed by the Universidad Santo Tomas, in Chile. Kokori, which means "collective game" in Rapanui (the language spoken in Easter Island), is one of six projects that won 2.3 million dollars in a contest about applying informative technology for educational purposes, organized by the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research.

China’s Largest Lead Smelter Admits to Poisoning Children
October 14, 2009 08:40 AM - Lucy Hornby, Reuters

China's largest lead smelting firm has acknowledged partial responsibility after nearly 1,000 children living near some of China's biggest lead plants showed excessive levels of lead in their blood, the Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. "We do bear responsibility for the pollution," Xinhua quoted Yang Anguo, board chairman of Yuguang Gold and Lead as saying. "Some pollution has accumulated over the past 20 years or more and the plant is too near homes."

EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, Dept. of Energy Agree to Complete Cleanup of Middlesex, NJ Superfund Site
October 14, 2009 06:54 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

Soil remediation is finished while groundwater remediation remains to be done, at the Middlesex Sampling Plant site in Middlesex, NJ. This site had first been added to the National Priorities List (Superfund) in 1999, ten years ago. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of Energy (DOE) covering federal facilities, which details responsibilities for completing the cleanup of the site.

Ireland to Ban Genetically Modified Crops
October 13, 2009 02:09 PM - GM-Free Ireland, Organic Consumers Association

The Irish Government will ban the cultivation of all GM crops and introduce a voluntary GM-free label for food - including meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy produce made without the use of GM animal feed. The policy was adopted as part of the Renewed Programme for Government agreed between the two coalition partners, the centre-right Fianna Faíl and the Green Party, after the latter voted to support it on Saturday.

Kashmir's main glacier "melting at alarming speed"
October 12, 2009 02:01 PM - Reuters

Indian Kashmir's biggest glacier, which feeds the region's main river, is melting faster than other Himalayas glaciers, threatening the water supply of tens of thousands of people, a new report warned on Monday.

London Testing a New Way to Refill Your Water Bottle
October 12, 2009 07:31 AM - Mary Catherine O'Connor, Triple Pundit

Finding a way to refill your reusable water bottle is as hard as finding a public restroom in most cities. London is testing a new-tech "fountain" to do just that in an effort to reduce the number of water bottles in trash.

Time to Upgrade Windows?
October 11, 2009 01:42 PM - Cheryl Corley, NPR

This is not another article about Windows 7! Your house's windows can provide great views and fresh air, but they also can run up energy bills. That's why many people opt to replace old drafty windows at home with new energy-efficient ones.

Australian Dust Storms Lead to Life Explosion
October 10, 2009 07:49 AM - Discovery Channel, from Dani Cooper, ABC Science Online

The red dust storm that dumped thousands of tons of soil across eastern Australia two weeks ago has caused an explosion in microscopic life in Sydney Harbor and beyond.

Apple, Sony Ericsson Demonstrate Best Practices in Green Electronics
October 8, 2009 08:51 AM - Matter Network, from SustainableBusiness.com

Seven companies have engineered environmental solutions that negate the need for most--or in some cases all--uses of brominated and chlorinated chemicals in consumer electronics, according to a new report. The environmental organizations, ChemSec and Clean Production Action, said the following companies are leading the electronics industry by moving away from chemicals that can lead to health and environmental problems:

President Calls Underwater Cabinet Meeting: Tells His Ministers to Take Scuba Lessons, in Maldives
October 8, 2009 07:49 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has asked his cabinet members to take scuba lessons and learn underwater signs in preparation for a cabinet meeting he has called for October 17 – the reason for the lessons and sign language is because the meeting will be held 20 feet underwater. The small low-lying nation archipelago averages only seven feet above sea-level, and may be one of the first nations to disappear entirely due to sea level rise from global warming.

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