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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.

Toys "R" Us Steps Up Toxins Testing
September 10, 2007 09:41 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailer Toys "R" Us is increasing the frequency of safety checks conducted on products sold in its stores after a slew of Chinese-made toys were recalled this summer due to unsafe levels of lead paint. "Earlier this year we began spot checking of products on our store shelves as part of our increased efforts for quality assurance," said Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh. "But in light of recent recalls we have begun a systematic recheck of all products on our store shelves." Lead paint has been linked to health problems in children, including brain damage.

Mel Gibson set to back tire recycling
September 10, 2007 08:43 AM - Reuters

Green Rubber Global, a Malaysian tire-recycling company, plans to list in London and has roped in Hollywood actor Mel Gibson to help. Gibson will unveil the listing plans together with Vinod Sekhar, group chief executive of Green Rubber's parent Petra Group, during a media conference in Singapore, a source involved in the IPO said.

In pure Arctic air, signs of China's economic boom
September 10, 2007 08:41 AM - Reuters

From a remote snowcapped mountain in the European Arctic you can detect China in the haze. In the apparently pure Arctic air, a research station on a Norwegian island mountain ridge finds tiny chemical traces from factories in Russia, pesticides in Israel or China's coal-fired power plants.

Antidepressant shows early promise in treating agitation and psychotic symptoms of dementia
September 10, 2007 08:15 AM - Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Researchers have found surprising evidence that an antidepressant (citalopram) may perform as well as a commonly-prescribed antipsychotic (risperidone) in the alleviation of severe agitation and psychotic symptoms of dementia. Researchers also found that the antidepressant was associated with “significantly lower” adverse side effects.

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