First death of a U.S. wind farm worker recorded
August 28, 2007 07:47 AM - Bernie Woodall -Reuters
A man died over the weekend at a wind farm under construction in Oregon in what is believed to be the first death of a wind power worker in the United States, law enforcement and industry officials said on Monday. Chadd Mitchell, 35, was killed on Saturday afternoon when a 242-foot-tall tower he was working on toppled over, said a dispatcher for the Sherman County Sheriff's Department.
Mattel: Getting a Toy Recall Right
August 28, 2007 07:34 AM - John Quelch - Harvard Business School
Mattel has been criticized heavily for having to recall not once but twice in as many weeks 20 million toys manufactured in China with lead paint and/or loose, potentially dangerous magnets. Clearly Mattel did not have sufficiently tight quality control procedures in its supply chain to compensate for the extra risks of outsourcing to relatively new Chinese subcontractors. Clearly there were design flaws in the toys with the magnets that could come loose.
Back to School: Five Myths about Girls and Science
August 28, 2007 07:17 AM - nsf.gov
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) program seeks to broaden the participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education fields by supporting research, the diffusion of research-based innovations, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce.
Stem Cells Repair Rat Hearts Damaged By Heart Attack
August 27, 2007 08:43 PM - Justin Reedy , University of Washington
University of Washington - Researchers were successful in getting human-derived heart muscle cells to graft into rat hearts and thrive alongside the rat's normal heart muscle cells. Researchers were also able to use human-derived stem cells to grow a heart muscle graft in a rat heart damaged by a heart attack. The human-derived cells incorporated with scar tissue and regular heart muscle cells.
Scientists Say "Fat Eggs" Cause Of Infertility In Obese Women
August 27, 2007 07:55 PM - University of Adelaide
AUSTRALIA University of Adelaide - A University of Adelaide researcher has discovered scientific evidence that obesity is a key factor in infertility - because of how it affects women's eggs. While obesity has long been thought to be a major factor in couples' inability to conceive, this is the first time the effects of obesity on the egg have been discovered.
100-Pound Weight Loss Possible With Behavioral Changes
August 27, 2007 07:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Lexington, KY - A new study indicates that with behavior change, humans can loose a lot of weight, in a relatively short period of time. The study tracked 118 men and women over nine years. Those 63 men and 55 women were part of a study led by Dr. James Anderson, head of the UK College of Medicine Metabolic Research Group. The average beginning weight of study participants was 353 pounds. The average weight loss was 134 pounds in 44 weeks.
Kids Burn More Fat, Need More Fat, Than Adults
August 27, 2007 07:34 PM - Reuters Health
NEW YORK - Children burn more body fat day-to-day than adults do, underscoring their need for a little extra fat in their diets, according to researchers. Though many adults try to limit their fat intake for the sake of their hearts and waistlines, experts recommend that parents allow more leeway in their children's diets.
Norway Unveils "First Ecological Prison"
August 27, 2007 07:11 PM - Aasa Christine Stoltz
BASTOEY, Norway - Norway put on show on Monday what it calls "the world's first ecological prison," where inmates play important roles in daily operations and learn to do their bit to protect the environment. The Bastoey Island low security prison uses solar panels for energy, produces most of its own food, recycles everything it can and tries to reduce its carbon footprint.
Study: Viagra Also Increases "Cuddle Chemical"
August 27, 2007 05:48 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
University of Wisconsin-Madison - A new study finds Viagra increases the release of a key reproductive hormone. Scientists found that the little blue pill may do more than get the blood pumping. Sildenafil — the generic name for Viagra — also increases release of a reproductive hormone in rats, according to a new study. The finding is the first indication of a chemical mechanism through which erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra may have physical effects besides increasing blood flow to sexual organs, says study author Meyer Jackson, a physiology professor at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Un-Sustainable: Flips And Scams Blamed In California Housing Decline
August 27, 2007 12:05 PM - Christelyn Karazin
CORONA, Calif (Reuters) - Bhaviesh and Varsha Shah bought their dream home in a new development east of Los Angeles two years ago, planted flowers around an emerald lawn and picked out wicker furniture for sitting outside on cool afternoons. Today the view from their porch is a street pocked with boarded windows and dead lawns -- homes now repossessed after buyers failed to make mounting mortgage payments.