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France promises green World Cup
August 28, 2007 11:04 AM - James Mackenzie -Reuters

Solar panels on stadium roofs, recycled pitch-watering systems and fair trade snacks for half time should make the World Cup a model for environmentally friendly sporting events, French officials said on Tuesday.
The competition, which kicks off next week, is expected to generate some 570,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual output of the tournament's Pacific Ocean outsiders Western Samoa.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Formula Effective In Treating Menstrual Discomfort
August 28, 2007 10:12 AM - Lan Lan Liang Yeh, PLoS Online

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - A new study shows that an 800 year old traditional Chinese medicine formula called "Four Agents Decoction", when used over time, is effective in helping relieve menstrual discomfort in young women. This was the first systematic evaluation of the herbal preparation. Scientists applied Western methodology to assess the herb's effectiveness and safety, both for primary dysmenorrhoea (menstrual discomfort) and to evaluate the compliance and feasibility for a future trial.

Greek government criticized as fires rage on
August 28, 2007 09:03 AM - Karolos Grohmann -Reuters

Greece's conservative government faced mounting criticism of incompetence on Tuesday as villagers fled fierce forest fires that have killed 63 people. The opposition Socialist PASOK party seized on the fires three weeks before a parliamentary election, pouring scorn on the government's efforts and saying accusations of arson were an excuse for its weakness in responding to the crisis.

Olympic Champ Has Plan To Beat Beijing Pollution
August 28, 2007 08:57 AM - Reuters

Ethiopian world and Olympic 10,000 meters champion Kenenisa Bekele said on Tuesday Beijing's pollution could affect how he prepares for next year's Games. "The weather conditions are not good, but this is not only for me, but for all," Bekele told a news conference. "I can't do anything about it, so I will concentrate on my training. I am not concerned about it."

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.

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