Scientists create “interspecies” animal using embryonic stem cells
October 8, 2007 06:37 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Liverpool, UK - Embrionic stem (ES) cells from a wood mouse into the early embryo of a house mouse, an international team of scientists has produced normal healthy animals made up a mixture of cells from each the two distantly related species. This is the first time that stem cells from one mammalian species have been shown to contribute extensively to development when introduced into the embryo of another, very different species.

Multiwavelength images of distant universe now available on Google Sky
October 8, 2007 04:04 PM -

Santa Cruz, California -  A massive project to map a distant region of the Universe in multiple wavelengths--from x-rays through ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and radio waves--is releasing its data this week to both fellow scientists and the general public. It is the first data release from the AEGIS survey and the  first release of multiwavelength data to take advantage of the capabilities of Google Sky, a new feature of Google Earth.

Why Do Males and Females Frequently Differ in Body Size and Structure?
October 8, 2007 03:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Males and females frequently differ in body size, form and structure. But how did these differences develop? Despite decades of study by evolutionary biologists - the answer isn't clear.

A new book called Sex, Size & Gender Roles: Evolutionary Studies of Sexual Size Dimorphism (Oxford University Press, 2007). brings together the latest research findings in evolutionary biology to help explain gender differences in a variety of organisms, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and flowering plants. The book was edited in part by a UC Riverside biology professor Daphne Fairbairn.

Panasonic to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 300,000 Tons Over Three Years
October 8, 2007 10:50 AM - Panasonic PR

Tokyo, Japan, - Panasonic, the leading brand by which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today announced its renewed commitment to climate change by adding ecological goals to its "GP3" three-year business plan that completes March 2010. The company also presented its "Panasonic Eco Ideas Declaration" identifying the three initiatives on which its environmental management activities focus.  In its pursuit of global excellence, Panasonic launched the GP3 plan in April 2007, setting goals and milestones such as achieving steady growth with profitability. The company has now added a new challenge in the ecological field to the GP3 plan - reduction of environmental burden in all areas of its business activities. Panasonic will strive to fulfill this ecological responsibility while realizing profitable growth.

'Green' leather is in this season
October 8, 2007 10:44 AM - Eureka Alert!

Fashionista’s after the latest in leather bags could soon have a ‘greener’ selection to choose from. Scientists in India have modified the tanning process making it far more eco-friendly, reports Anne Pichon in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI.

New Zealand's First National eDay Diverts Nearly 300 Tons of Computer Waste
October 8, 2007 10:30 AM - , Green Progress

NEW ZELAND - Kiwis cleared their homes of nearly 300 tonnes of old computer equipment and mobile phones this past weekend in New Zealand's first national eDay.  The free drive-through event was held at the North Shore Events Centre and the TelstraClear Events Centre in Manukau, and in Wellington, Invercargill, Wanaka, Alexandra, Queenstown, Wanganui, Rotorua, Whakatane, Tauranga and Hamilton.

Affordable Solar Power On The Horizon
October 5, 2007 08:10 AM - University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK - Environmentally friendly solar panels may be an affordable alternative to conventional power sources within the next ten years, as a result of a new initiative launched this week.

The project, funded by the Carbon Trust, will be led by the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory in collaboration with The Technology Partnership.

Currently solar panels are made from silicon, which makes them expensive to manufacture and therefore cost prohibitive for many. However, new technology being researched at Cambridge uses plastic to create solar cells, a much more cost effective and energy efficient method.

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