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.

Imagined Milk Intolerance Causes Problems For Girls Bones
September 8, 2007 08:07 PM - Anne Harding, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young girls who believe they are lactose-intolerant take in less calcium and have thinner bones than their peers who don't think they had any trouble consuming dairy products, a new study shows. But when these girls were tested to determine if they actually did have difficulty digesting lactose, many did not. "It's a little concerning that you have young girls during this period of time when they actually obtain their peak bone mass...that they have already been influenced that they are intolerant to milk for whatever reason," said Dr. Carol J. Boushey of Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, the study's lead author.

Human Ecology: German Suspects Had Deadline For Attacks
September 8, 2007 03:55 PM - Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three suspected Islamist militants who were planning to attack American targets in Germany had orders to act by September 15 and knew police were hot on their trail before their arrest, a magazine said on Saturday. The plan was foiled on Tuesday when police arrested two German converts to Islam and a Turk in the biggest German police investigation in the last 30 years.

Fossett Search Expands, Hope Persists (VIDEO)
September 8, 2007 01:05 PM - William Albright, Reuters

RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - The search for U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett, missing in the rugged Nevada desert for five days, was expanded again on Friday, but authorities said they were suspending night flights. Capt. April Conway, spokeswoman for the Nevada Air National Guard, told reporters the air search had been extended to 17,000 sq miles from 10,000 sq miles (26,000 sq km). (See Fossett video inside)

Volunteers Help Monitor Nation's Rivers
September 8, 2007 07:08 AM - Associated Press

Day after day, Chauncey Moran leaves his backwoods cabin, packs his pickup with gear and embarks on a scientific mission: checking the health of the Yellow Dog River. Friends call the 62-year-old retiree "River Walker" for his devotion to the trout stream, which meanders through forests and sandy plains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and eventually feeds into Lake Superior.

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.

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