Like father, like son: Attractiveness is hereditary
November 20, 2007 08:52 AM - University of Exeter
Sexy dads produce sexy sons, in the insect world at least. While scientists already knew that specific attractive traits, from cricket choruses to peacocks’ tails, are passed on to their offspring, the heritability of attractiveness as a whole is more contentious. Now, new research by the University of Exeter, published today (20 November) in Current Biology, shows that attractiveness is hereditary.
Al Gore and the BBC win International Emmy Awards
November 20, 2007 12:01 AM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Vice President Al Gore won another honor on Monday when he received the Founders Award at the International Emmy Awards, which also gave a top prize to a controversial British television film about the assassination of President George W. Bush.
Clinton and Obama spar over experience
November 19, 2007 09:08 PM - Reuters
DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred over who has the most experience to be president on Monday as a new poll showed Obama narrowly leading in the crucial kick-off state of Iowa.
U.S. prison system a costly and harmful failure: report
November 19, 2007 06:07 PM - Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people in U.S. prisons has risen eight-fold since 1970, with little impact on crime but at great cost to taxpayers and society, researchers said in a report calling for a major justice-system overhaul.
Compostable Cups, Plates and Cutlery Make Inroads
November 19, 2007 11:04 AM - Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News
Delay in Autumn Colour is Caused by Increased Atmospheric CO2 not Global Warming
November 19, 2007 08:44 AM - University of Southampton
The delay in autumnal leaf coloration and leaf fall in trees is caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and not by increased global temperatures, suggests a new study by researchers at the University of Southampton.
In recent years, woodland autumnal colour changes have been occurring later in the season whilst re-greening in spring has been occurring earlier. During the last 30 years across Europe, autumnal senescence – the process of plant aging where leaves discolour and then fall – has been delayed by 1.3 - 1.8 days a decade. To date, this has been explained by global warming, with increasing temperatures causing longer growing seasons.
Act Now on Climate Change: Go For Energy Efficiency.
November 19, 2007 08:06 AM - , Private Landowner Network
The latest report on the state of global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ((IPCC) warns that without action soon climate change may cause abrupt and irreversible impacts.
(Glaciers, like those on Greenland, may experience rapid meltdown and cause sea levels to rise. Once gone glaciers won’t freeze up again. Droughts similar to that now being experienced in the southeast US may be more frequent and perhaps permanent. Populations without water to support them will have to move, never to return.)
Poster heats up China "paper" tiger debate
November 19, 2007 12:39 AM - Reuters
Last month, Zhou Zhenglong, a farmer from mountainous Zhenping county in northern China's Shaanxi province, produced photographs of a tiger he said were taken in the forest near his village.
Aroma of profit wafts from Britain's new-look pies
November 18, 2007 07:36 PM - Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - To aficionados, it is British comfort food at its best. To others, it is as appetizing as its nickname -- a "rat's coffin."
The Real Green Car of the Year Award 2008
November 17, 2007 08:58 AM - , Triple Pundit
At the L.A. Auto Show this year, there were two separate award ceremonies for the Green Car of the Year 2008. Inside, at the "official" award ceremony, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid was announced the winner. Outside, at an "unofficial" ceremony staged across the street, the Plug-In Toyota Prius Hybrid won the prize. So which is the greenest car of the two? The Chevy Tahoe gets 20 mpg. The Plug-In Toyota Prius gets 100 mpg.