Report: Fewer Soft Drinks at Schools
September 17, 2007 07:47 AM - Associated Press

School vending machines are stocked with fewer high-calorie soft drinks today because some states have banned the sale of sodas on campus and the beverage industry is phasing in healthier drinks, according to an industry report.

Explorer Who Found Lost Peru Cities Dies
September 17, 2007 07:35 AM -

Douglas Eugene "Gene" Savoy, an explorer who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru and led long-distance sailing adventures to learn more about ancient cultures, has died. He was 80.

N.Y. Group Trying to Eat Only Local Food
September 17, 2007 07:31 AM - Michael Hill-Associated Press

Dick Shave got a duck for dinner. It was firm, fresh and — this is very important when you're only eating food grown within 100 miles — raised nearby."We're going to have it with local new potatoes from the farmers' market and beans from outside our door," Shave said.

The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know
September 16, 2007 12:18 PM -

The Problem Girls get their first periods today, on average, a few months earlier than did girls 40 years ago, but they get their breasts one to two years earlier. Over the course of a few decades, the childhoods of U.S. girls have been significantly shortened. What does this mean for girls today and their health in the future? The Breast Cancer Fund commissioned ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber to write The Falling Age of Puberty — the first comprehensive review of the literature on the timing of puberty — to help us better understand this phenomenon so we can protect our daughters’ health.

$100 Laptops For Poor Children, Prices Go Up
September 15, 2007 10:26 AM - Jim Finkle, Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - A nonprofit group that plans to produce low-cost computers for poor children has raised the laptops' price, a spokesman for the foundation said on Friday. The One Laptop per Child Foundation's XO laptop will sell for about $188, up from the $176 the group announced in May, said foundation spokesman George Snell. That's almost double the original goal of the foundation's founder, Nicholas Negroponte, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher and the brother of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.

Paint It Green
September 15, 2007 10:18 AM - Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters Life!) - Reducing emissions and raising fuel efficiency are the magic words at the Frankfurt International Motor show (IAA) as manufacturers and suppliers go all out to out-do each other -- or at least out-talk each other. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from one of the prime suspects blamed for climate change is on everyone's mind this year -- from luxury carmakers to tyremakers, from sat-nav producers to car clubs teaching fuel-saving driving techniques.

High U.S. cocaine cost shows drug war working: Mexico
September 15, 2007 09:56 AM - Reuters

MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's attorney general said on Friday fewer drug-related killings at home and rising narcotics prices in the United States showed his government is winning the war against cartels. President Felipe Calderon has sent thousands of troops and federal police to combat drug gangs since the start of the year but hitmen continue to carry out daylight revenge attacks across Mexico. A police chief of the central state of San Luis Potosi was killed by gunmen on Thursday.

Sick? Lonely? Genes tell the tale
September 15, 2007 09:47 AM - Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lonely people are more likely to get sick and die young, and researchers said on Thursday they may have found out why -- their immune systems are haywire. They used a "gene chip" to look at the DNA of isolated people and found that people who described themselves as chronically lonely have distinct patterns of genetic activity, almost all of it involving the immune system. The study does not show which came first -- the loneliness or the physical traits. But it does suggest there may be a way to help prevent the deadly effects of loneliness, said Steve Cole, a molecular biologist at the University of California Los Angeles who worked on the study.

China to crack down on rich flouting one-child rule
September 15, 2007 09:24 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Rich Chinese people who flout the country's family planning policies, which usually limit couples to one child, will face higher fines under tougher new enforcement guidelines, state media said on Saturday. The China Daily said the move to assess fines in line with the violator's income came in response to widespread concern that current fines did not serve as enough of a deterrent to the well-off, essentially allowing them to treat the fines as a fee for having more than one child.

Indonesia quake toll rises to 17 dead
September 15, 2007 08:33 AM - Reuters

The toll from a severe earthquake on Indonesia's Sumatra island last week has risen to 17 dead and 88 injured, while more than 13,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, officials said on Saturday.

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