Crews Work to Contain Fire in Sierras
September 10, 2007 07:56 AM - Associated Press

Crews worked through the night to fight a wildfire that has blackened 62,000 acres in the northeast Sierra Nevada and was only 15 percent contained.Shifting winds sent smoke from the growing wildfire heading back toward the San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco Bay area Sunday, authorities said.

Disney to Test Toys Independently
September 10, 2007 07:54 AM - Associated Press

Following three high-profile recalls by Mattel Inc. this summer involving millions of Chinese-made, lead-tainted toys, The Walt Disney Company will begin independently testing toys featuring its characters, company officials said.

Antidepressant Dangers Scaring Parents, Doctors
September 9, 2007 01:56 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Highly publicized government warnings that antidepressants could cause suicidal thoughts in adolescents may have scared off parents and doctors alike, meaning fewer depressed children are being diagnosed, U.S. psychiatrists say. The warnings, starting in 2003, were followed by the biggest one-year spike in suicide rates in 15 years among U.S. children and young adults, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Report: Record International Violence Points to Chronic 'Conflict Syndrome'
September 9, 2007 01:34 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

University of Maryland - Six years after 9/11, the level of international conflict is rising precipitously, with more countries involved in conflict than at any time since World War II, according to a new report from the University of Maryland. The report says the rise in conflict -- a sharp spike beginning in 2005 (latest data available) -- may be a symptom of a dangerous "chronic syndrome" that resists treatment. "There's a striking lesson in all this for policy makers: exclusive attention to any single threat to peace -- such as terrorism -- will likely produce faulty policy that will serve only to prolong a cycle of insecurity," says Joseph Hewitt, a University of Maryland researcher and the report's co-author. "It is this 'conflict syndrome' that poses the greatest danger to world security and stability."

UK Study: Surprise Secrets Of Leadership
September 9, 2007 12:29 PM - University of Exeter News

University of Exeter, UK - New research says that leaders are most effective when they transform themselves into ”˜one of us’. The study, done by researchers at the University of Exeter, University of St Andrews and Australian National University shatters the stereotype that ”˜good’ leaders must have a specific set of qualities. Instead, it shows that leaders must embody the qualities and opinions of the group they seek to influence, even down to personal appearance.

Undercover US-Mexican Sting Nabs 5: Attempted Sale Of Protected Turtles, Wildlife
September 9, 2007 11:26 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

WASHINGTON — A three-year US-Mexican police undercover investigation has resulted in the arrest of five people, now charged with trade in protected species and items made from parts of those animals. Investigators say the five were engaged in international trade of exotic skins and parts manufactured from sea turtles and other protected species of wildlife.

PBS Documentary: The Silence Of The Bees
September 9, 2007 10:52 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK, - From crop fields to hi-tech labs, scientists and bee experts are investigating a rapidly unfolding ecological nightmare. The Silence of the Bees premieres on Sunday, October 28 at 8 p.m. eastern on PBS (check local listings). Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham narrates the series. It was shot on high definition cameras. Honeybees are responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat. Each year, they pollinate $14 billion worth of crops and seeds in the U.S. alone. Their total decimation would be catastrophic from the local to the global level -- failed businesses, skyrocketing food prices, unsustainable labor costs, and depleted supplies of fruits, nuts, vegetables, plants, and more.

Does APEC merely add to global warming?
September 9, 2007 08:24 AM - Bill Tarrant -Associated Press

As Asia-Pacific leaders jetted home on Sunday with yet another APEC souvenir to stuff into their "funny shirt" closet, folks back home may well ask: "So what did you get out of that meeting besides the outback raincoat?".

So Cal's First LEED Certified All-Solar Multi-Family Community.
September 8, 2007 09:01 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ORANGE, Calif. - Orange County's first all-green new-home community, opened its sustainable model homes to the public this weekend. It's also trendy Orange County's first LEED Certified residential community, and its first all-solar multi-family community. The community is called "Deopt Walk". Models range from 1,277- to 2,010-square-feet, and start in the $600,000 dollar range.

NASA: Little Mars Rovers Survive Dust Storms On Mars
September 8, 2007 08:30 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (Video inside) Gusts of wind have cleared dust from the solar collectors on one of two robot rovers on the surface of Mars and both have awakened from the sleep NASA put them into, the space agency said on Friday. It said Opportunity was now preparing to drive into the half-mile diameter Victoria Crater next week and Spirit had climbed onto a formation called Home Plate, a plateau of layered bedrock. The rovers have been operating for more than three years, although they were only designed to last three months. "These rovers are tough. They faced dusty winds, power starvation and other challenges -- and survived," NASA's Alan Stern said in a statement.

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