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Kids Smarter Than Apes -- Sometimes, Anyway
September 7, 2007 07:47 AM - Reuters, Will Dunham
It's official: Your toddler is smarter than a chimp, at least at some things. A unique study comparing the abilities of human toddlers to chimpanzees and orangutans found that 2-year-old children have social learning skills superior to the apes, researchers said on Thursday.
Sao Paulo Bans Outdoor Ads in Fight Against Pollution
September 7, 2007 07:35 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute
It looks like the Bay of Bengal could be the victim of the next major tsunami. A report published in the Nature journal today suggests that there is "compelling evidence" for tsunami-triggering earthquake activity in the region, north of the area where 2004’s tsunami hit.
Bodies wash up in Nicaragua from deadly hurricane
September 7, 2007 07:31 AM - Jimmy Sanchez and Oswaldo Rivas -Reuters
Bodies of Miskito Indians killed by Hurricane Felix floated in the Caribbean off Central America and washed up on beaches on Thursday as the death toll from the storm rose to over 60. Many of the dead were traveling by boat when they were hit by huge waves as Felix struck near the border between Honduras and Nicaragua on Tuesday as a giant Category 5 storm.
Bush shows gift of gaffe at APEC summit
September 7, 2007 06:47 AM - Reuters
Even for someone as gaffe-prone as U.S. President George W. Bush, he was in rare form on Friday, confusing APEC with OPEC and transforming Australian troops into Austrians. Bush's tongue started slipping almost as soon as he started talking at a business forum on the eve of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney.
Typhoon batters Tokyo, moves on
September 7, 2007 06:39 AM - Hiroaki Watanabe -Reuters
A typhoon pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Friday, killing at least one man and snarling transport and power supplies, before weakening and moving north. The typhoon, the biggest to hit Tokyo since October 2002, brought down record rainfall in many parts of the capital, but by afternoon it had weakened to a tropical storm.
Gasoline Supplies Hit 2-year Low
September 6, 2007 02:35 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. gasoline supplies dropped last week to their lowest level since Hurricane Katrina slammed into Gulf Coast refineries two years ago, the U.S. government said on Thursday. But the crunch in stockpiles may not turn out to be a nightmare for drivers at the pumps as road travel is expected to slow with the end of the summer vacation season. "We're not terribly concerned because we're at the end of the summer and demand for gasoline should start declining over the next several weeks," said Doug MacIntyre, analyst for the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Mortgages Entering Foreclosures At Record High
September 6, 2007 12:52 PM - Patrick Rucker, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rate of home loans entering the foreclosure process rose to a record high in the second quarter of 2007, driven largely by failing subprime mortgages, an industry trade group said on Thursday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said 0.65 percent of loans entered the foreclosure process on a seasonally adjusted basis, 7 basis points higher than the previous quarter and up 22 basis points from a year ago. The rate of delinquency and foreclosure for subprime loans offered to borrowers with damaged credit also rose from the last quarter and a year ago.
Al Gore Readying New Environmental Book
September 6, 2007 08:21 AM - AP
For those frightened by the tale of global warming in Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," and wondering what can be done, the former vice president has an answer: a sequel.
It's 'No Car Day' in Shanghai
September 6, 2007 08:19 AM - china.org
The Shanghai Municipal Government is to hold its first "No Car Day" on September 22, following the four-day test held last week in Beijing. Almost a third of the city's vehicles will be ordered off the roads in a bid to improve air quality and ease congestion.
Fair Indigo Introduces Fair Trade Organic Denim
September 6, 2007 08:14 AM - PR Newswire
For the first time, the concepts of organic and fair trade have come together in the mainstream apparel market to satisfy the rapidly-growing group of socially conscious customers looking for more responsible buying choices. Fair Indigo, the pioneering fair trade apparel and accessories company, has introduced Fair Trade Organic Cotton Denim for Fall 2007 in a variety of fashionable styles at great prices.