One man's genes show DNA is still a mystery
September 4, 2007 07:38 AM - Reuters
The first detailed map of a man's genes shows the genetic code is even more complex than anyone thought. For instance, science still cannot pinpoint what makes a person's eyes blue. Initial study of genome entrepreneur Craig Venter's own DNA map shows 4.1 million places where his genetic code is different from the basic "reference" human genome. This is many more than had been expected, including big differences that extend far beyond the single-letter changes that account for much of the variation seen so far.
Study: Men Go For Looks, Women For Money, Security
September 4, 2007 06:57 AM - Randolph E. Schmid - Associated Press
NEW YORK - People may claim looks or money aren't everything when picking a mate but when it comes to the crunch, men go for beauty and women choose wealth and security, according to an international study. Indiana University cognitive scientist Peter Todd and colleagues from Germany, England and Scotland used a speed-dating session in Germany to look at what people said they wanted in a mate with whom they actually chose. "While humans may pride themselves on being highly evolved, most still behave like the stereotypical Neanderthals when it comes to choosing a mate," Todd said in a statement.
Burning Man Suffers Growing Pains
September 3, 2007 11:51 AM - E.B. Boyd, Reuters
BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nevada (Reuters) - Erika stood in torn fishnet stockings, shorts leaving little to the imagination, examining an exhibit on electric cars set up in the middle of the Nevada desert at the countercultural Burning Man festival. "I dig the message," said Erika, 26, who did not give her last name. "But I'm not into how it's presented. It looks like a car show." The exhibit showcased alternative energy technologies but even the increasingly popular theme sparked some criticism as a betrayal of the festival's opposition to commercialization.
Talks on climate change impact in Africa
September 3, 2007 09:02 AM - DOUG MELLGREN -Associated Press
Climate change could worsen Africa's struggle to feed itself, but simple steps - a cistern to catch rainwater, a solar panel, or hardier seeds for crops - could help the continent's subsistence farms, specialists and activists said Friday. About 250 researchers, donors, and officials met in Oslo this week for the Second Green Africa Revolution Conference, which follows up a 2004 challenge from former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to revolutionize African farming.
Back to School, Eco-Style
September 3, 2007 08:25 AM - Worldwatch Institute, Alana Herro
The back-to-school rush is on. If you’re a college or university student eager to help save the planet, you may want to consider carefully the impact of your return to campus. From recycled school supplies to local food, environmentally savvy students have lots of options for lightening their eco-footprints
Pope Urges Young People to Care for Planet, Ensure that Water Is Equally Shared among All
September 3, 2007 08:22 AM - Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
The planet risks irreversible decline from environmentally unsustainable development, Pope Benedict XVI warned Sunday, urging young Catholics to take the lead in caring for the Earth and its precious resources.
Rave Reviews: Warm, Stylish, And Versatile
September 3, 2007 07:59 AM - Victoria E, Greenloop Fashions
The classic army-style jacket has been in style for years, and it looks like that won't be changing anytime soon. Loomstate's Organic Cotton Men's Winter Army Jacket has been added to the Greenloop site and while being a great modern version of this vintage style, it also has a few updates that make this one of the best coats of the season.
Hong Kong Pollution Problem Deters Expats
September 2, 2007 02:58 PM - Reuters
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's air pollution is making it more difficult for companies to attract foreign staff to the territory, a survey released on Sunday by the city's American Chamber of Commerce shows. In the survey, which covered responses from 89 chamber members, 51 percent of respondents said they had experienced difficulty recruiting professionals to come and work in Hong Kong and 70 percent said they knew of professionals who had declined to work in the territory because of the poor quality of the environment.
Pope Leads Church's First Eco-Friendly Rally
September 1, 2007 06:28 PM - Philip Pullella, Reuters
LORETO, Italy - Pope Benedict on Saturday led the Catholic Church's first eco-friendly youth rally -- where nearly everything used was biodegradable or recyclable -- and urged his young listeners to shun "disposable love." The 80-year-old Pope told the young people, estimated by organizers at some 300,000, to dare to change the world and search for lasting, meaningful relationships.
Red wine compound shown to prevent prostate cancer
August 31, 2007 02:03 PM - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have found that nutrients in red wine may help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. The study involved male mice that were fed a plant compound found in red wine called resveratrol, which has shown anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. Other sources of resveratrol in the diet include grapes, raspberries, peanuts and blueberries.