Vanessa Wood's Blog From The Congo Starts Today: The Amazing Bonobo
September 7, 2007 06:31 PM - Vanessa Woods

Starting today in our "Animals" section, ENN contributor Vanessa Wood begins her blog from the Congo on the Bonobo. The Bonobo shares 98.7% of human DNA, equal to chimpanzees. But unlike chimps, little is known about the this animal, except they enjoy a social structure almost free of violence. To learn more, and learn why, Australian researcher and ENN contributor Vanessa Woods and a team of Australian experts are traveling to a remote forest preserve near the Congo capital of Kinshasa to study the Bonobo and maybe shed more light on how we became human.

Protecting Human Ecology, EU Rejects "Very Dangerous" Kosovo Partition
September 7, 2007 03:16 PM - By Ingrid Melander and Mark John

VIANA DO CASTELO, Portugal (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers warned on Friday against a partition of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo, arguing it could reignite conflicts across the Balkans. Russia, which has blocked a U.N.-backed plan to put Kosovo on the road to independence, said last week it could accept a partition of the province if accepted by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority and by Belgrade. But Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said any such move, which would be most likely to involve splitting off north Kosovo where many Serbs live, could spark similar separatist demands from ethnic groups in neighboring Bosnia and elsewhere in the region.

Tel Aviv scientists probe 'deep' questions aboard EcoOcean's environmental research ship
September 7, 2007 02:57 PM - American Friends of Tel Aviv University

Did the great flood of Noah’s generation really occur thousands of years ago" Was the Roman city of Caesarea destroyed by an ancient tsunami" Will pollution levels in our deep seas remain forever a mystery" These are just a few of the questions that are being addressed by a new environmental marine research team from Tel Aviv University and the non-profit research and education organization, EcoOcean.

Researchers Rewrite Origins Of Ancient Urban Sprawl
September 7, 2007 01:57 PM - University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge - A team of archaeologists, including scholars from the University of Cambridge, have unveiled new research that could rewrite the history of the world's earliest cities. Surveys at the ancient settlement of Tell Brak, in north-east Syria, have produced fresh evidence that indicates the first urban settlements were the result of natural migration, and not the artificial creations of those in power. Academics have traditionally believed that the growth of ancient cities resulted from the policies and demands of a centralized authority, such as a ruling monarch or religious institution.

Toilets Behind The Times?
September 7, 2007 08:01 AM - Reuters, Ritsuko Ando

Interior designer Timothy Corrigan had never heard of a "washlet" -- until a client asked him to install one of the high-tech Japanese toilets. When he saw the bidet-style bathroom appliance, equipped with a warm-water spray and other functions to cleanse and coddle posteriors, he was impressed.

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.

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