Sci/tech

Protecting Organic From GMO's - New Standards Proposed
November 3, 2007 11:15 PM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report

Baltimore, MD - A draft standard for verifying the non-GMO status of natural and organic foods was introduced at a meeting held at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore in September. The Board members of the Non-GMO Project, an industry initiative to verify the non-GMO status of natural and organic foods, discussed the draft non-GMO standard.

Single nanotube makes world's smallest radio
November 2, 2007 12:07 PM - UC Berkeley News Service

Berkeley, California  – Physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, have built the smallest radio yet -- a single carbon nanotube one ten-thousandth the diameter of a human hair that requires only a battery and earphones to tune in to your favorite station.

The scientists successfully received their first FM broadcast last year -- Derek & The Dominos' "Layla" and the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" transmitted from across the room. In homage to last year's 100th anniversary of the first voice and music radio transmission, they also transmitted and successfully tuned in to the first music piece broadcast in 1906, the "Largo" from George Frederic Handel's opera "Xerxes."

Mars Express probes the Red Planet's most unusual deposits
November 2, 2007 09:51 AM -

The radar system on ESA’s Mars Express has uncovered new details about some of the most mysterious deposits on Mars: The Medusae Fossae Formation. It has given the first direct measurement of the depth and electrical properties of these materials, providing new clues about their origin.

Diet, growth are major cancer causes: report
November 1, 2007 09:23 PM - Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - What people eat and how fast they grow are both significant causes of cancer, but many Americans still incorrectly believe that factors such as pesticides on food are bigger causes, experts reported on Wednesday.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of cancer for mother and child, and tall people have a higher risk of cancer than shorter people, the report found.

"We need to think about cancer as the product of many long-term influences, not as something that 'just happens,'" Dr. Walter Willett, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health in Massachusetts, told a news conference.

Wal-Mart, Clinton Climate Initiative in Partnership
November 1, 2007 08:52 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Thursday it has partnered with the Clinton Climate Initiative to explore ways to use purchasing power to lower prices on "environmentally-friendly" technologies such as energy efficient building materials and lighting.

The two organizations said they will collaborate on the design and discovery of new products and work together to source new products.

"By combining our resources, we can help drive innovation, create new technology markets and ultimately reduce this country's dependence on foreign oil," said Lee Scott, president and CEO of Wal-Mart, in a statement.

Regency Centers Launches Major Green Sustainable Building Initiative
November 1, 2007 03:45 PM - Paul Schaefer

Jacksonville, Fla. - After months of intensive preparation Regency Centers which operates and develops grocery-anchored and community shopping centers, is planning a major greening of its developments, operating properties and corporate operations nationwide.

 

 

 

 

Fluorescence discovered in key marine creature
November 1, 2007 01:01 PM -

Fluorescent proteins found in nature have been employed in a variety of scientific research purposes, from markers for tracing molecules in biomedicine to probes for testing environmental quality. Until now, such proteins have been identified mostly in jellyfish and corals, leading to the belief that the capacity for fluorescence in animals is exclusive to such primitive creatures. Green fluorescent proteins were discovered in amphioxus, a fish-like animal found in coastal areas. Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have discovered fluorescent-light emitting features in an evolutionarily important marine organism and say such a capacity may be much more prevalent across the animal kingdom than previously believed.

Privacy groups seek "do not track" Web list
November 1, 2007 12:25 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine privacy and consumer organizations asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to create a "do not track" list for Internet users who don't want their online activities tracked, stored and used by advertising networks. Such a list would function much like the FTC's "do not call" registry that consumers can join to prevent telemarketing phone calls, according to the groups, which include the Center for Democracy and Technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Consumer Federation of America. Internet advertising companies and marketers increasingly are collecting information about individuals' Web activities and preferences so as to tailor their advertising messages.

Cat's eye view of DNA sheds light on human disease
November 1, 2007 09:58 AM - Maggie Fox -Reuters

The first full genetic map of a cat -- a domestic pedigreed Abyssinian -- is already shedding light on a common cause of blindness in humans and may offer insights into AIDS and other diseases, researchers reported on Wednesday. And the cat genome shows some surprising qualities that cats and humans appear to have uniquely in common, the researchers report in the journal Genome Research.

Galaxy Warriors toys sold at Family Dollar recalled
October 31, 2007 03:27 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 380,000 "Galaxy Warriors" toy figures sold by Family Dollar Stores Inc are being recalled because the surface paints contain excessive levels of lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday. The Chinese-made toys, space figures about 4.5 inches tall that come accessories, were sold at Family Dollar stores throughout the United States from January 2006 through October 2007 and distributed by Henry Gordy International Inc, the agency said.

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