China: Terrorism "Big Threat" To Olympics
September 11, 2007 05:24 PM - China Daily News
Beijing, China - Top Chinese leaders said today that terrorism poses the biggest threat to a successful Beijing Olympic Games. That from the Minister of Public Security, Zhou Yongkang. He called for closer international collaboration on information sharing and risk analysis. "Although the general security situation for the Beijing Olympics remains stable, we still face the challenges of terrorism, separatism and extremism," the minister said. "Terrorism, in particular, poses the biggest threat."
“No Sex Please, We’re Vegans!”
September 11, 2007 04:51 PM - , Environmental Graffiti
Vegans are a wonder; firstly, they live longer than us regular folk, they’re super good for the environment (rearing animals for food being one of the biggest CO2 producers), and yet this lifestyle choice has generally been seen as excessive and unhealthy.
Tributes paid to pioneering Body Shop founder
September 11, 2007 11:55 AM - Reuters UK
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown led tributes to Body Shop founder Anita Roddick on Tuesday, describing her as a "true pioneer" who inspired millions to take an ethical approach to business.
Can't Quit Chocolate? Don't Fret, It's No Addiction
September 11, 2007 11:48 AM - Michael Kahn, Reuters
YORK (Reuters) - Resistance is futile. The more we try to fight off a craving for chocolate, the more our desire for it grows, a British researcher said on Tuesday. But chocoholics can take heart that such sweets are not addictive despite the fact many people consider themselves as having no control over their urges to eat the sweets, said Peter Rogers, a psychologist at the University of Bristol. "Food behavior can look like addictive behavior in extreme situations but chocolate does not fit these criteria," Rogers told a meeting sponsored by the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Gifted Research Parrot Alex Found Dead
September 11, 2007 11:37 AM - Associated Press
A gifted parrot that could count to six, identify colors and even express frustration with repetitive scientific trials has died after 30 years of helping researchers better understand the avian brain. The death of Alex, an African Grey parrot, left scientists at Brandeis University feeling as if they'd lost a colleague.
Flooding leaves 3.5 million people homeless in India
September 11, 2007 07:19 AM - Reuters
Soldiers in motor boats rescued thousands of marooned people and helicopters air-dropped food as the number of people made homeless after some of the worst flooding in years in India's northeast rose to 3.5 million.
Top U.S. Scientists To Provide Web Help For Global Drinking Water Crisis
September 10, 2007 04:16 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WASHINGTON, - Top US scientists are teaming with like-minded experts worldwide to try and get good solid information on water safety to policy makers and leaders around the globe. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Global Health and Education Foundation are joining with science, engineering, and medical academies worldwide to provide information that may spur action on the drinking water crisis facing many countries worldwide. The scientists are launching a "Safe Drinking Water Is Essential" website. It's the first tool of its kind to provide international decision makers with peer-reviewed scientific information about enhancing the safety of drinking water supplies.
What Happens In The Wild, Stays In The Wild
September 10, 2007 03:46 PM - Nick Forland
We've heard of the distress calls about Polar bears and Global Warming; having to swim greater distances for food and that the chances of their offspring surviving are less and less as the arctic ice sheets melt, but these isolated creatures residing on the desolate arctic tundra, have recently been photographed frolicking with a few friends. It's a side of nature we don't often get to witness, but photos by Norbert Rosing show a 1200lb Polar Bear having a little fun with a husky.
Human & Animal Chip Implants Linked to Tumors
September 10, 2007 03:32 PM - Todd Lewan, Associated Press
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies." Although the government approved the use of microchips in humans in 2005, the Associated Press reports that studies dating back to the mid-1990s showed they "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.
Astronomers Eager To Add To Sky On Google Earth
September 10, 2007 12:53 PM - Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley News
BERKELEY — Since Sky in Google Earth debuted two weeks ago to let the public explore the heavens from their computers, two University of California, Berkeley, astronomers have jumped in to populate Google's sky with the most recently discovered heavenly objects. One piece of the Sky in Google Earth, showing 7 planetary systems around nearby stars (blue & gold ovals) and a recently discovered gamma-ray burst in the constellation of Gemini (diamond-ring object). By clicking on these icons, Google Sky users can pull up detailed information about exoplanets and sudden flashes of light in the sky.