Sci/tech

US$4.6 million bonus to broaden global health network
October 2, 2008 12:39 PM - , SciDevNet

A Mexican institute and a Chinese university are among those receiving funding as part of the expanded Framework Programs for Global Health initiative of the Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health.

ASUS Introduces Bamboo-Cased Computers
October 2, 2008 11:51 AM - , MetaEfficient

Bamboo is an ideal material to fashion into gadgets — it’s tough but lightweight, and it wears well, acquiring a patina to complement any knocks and scratches.

Is the Chevy Volt just hype?
October 2, 2008 07:55 AM - Joseph Romm, Guardian UK

Almost every major auto manufacturer has now announced plans to offer a plug-in hybrid vehicle that can run on electricity for 20-40 miles before switching to gasoline. Since half of American cars travel under 25 miles a day, plug-ins allow people to do most of their driving on electricity, but still have a car for long-distance trips that can be easily and quickly refuelled with gasoline.

California Passes Strong Anti-GE Law
October 1, 2008 09:52 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Monsanto's intimidation tactics no longer legal Sept. 29, 2008 - A landmark piece of legislation protecting California's farmers from liability was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on Sept. 27, 2008. The bill, AB 541 (Huffman, D-Marin/Sonoma), was sponsored by a coalition of agriculture organizations and food businesses, and it is the first bill passed by the California legislature that brings much-needed regulation to genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Scientists aim to boost Southern Ocean CO2 monitoring
October 1, 2008 09:05 AM - Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australian scientists set sail later this week on a voyage that could lead to better data from the Southern Ocean, which plays a major role in acting as a brake on climate change. Oceans absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide and the Southern Ocean between Australia and Antarctica plays the greatest role of all the world's oceans, scientists say.

Tech stocks fall hard as economic immunity doubted
September 30, 2008 09:08 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of the world's hottest technology stocks joined hard-pressed financial stocks in a sharp sell-off on Monday as investor fears mounted that the crisis on Wall Street was dampening U.S. consumer demand.

Carbon dioxide 'scrubber' captures greenhouse gases
September 29, 2008 11:54 AM - University of Calgary

University of Calgary climate change scientist David Keith and his team are working to efficiently capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide directly from the air, using near-commercial technology. In research conducted at the U of C, Keith and a team of researchers showed it is possible to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) – the main greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming – using a relatively simple machine that can capture the trace amount of CO2 present in the air at any place on the planet.

Arctic Saw Fastest August Sea Ice Retreat On Record
September 29, 2008 10:51 AM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Following a record-breaking season of arctic sea ice decline in 2007, NASA scientists have kept a close watch on the 2008 melt season. Although the melt season did not break the record for ice loss, NASA data are showing that for a four-week period in August 2008, sea ice melted faster during that period than ever before.

Europe should spend now to avoid climate catastrophes
September 29, 2008 10:48 AM - New Scientist

Europe is warming faster than the world average, creating conditions that are making the Mediterranean region dryer and the north wetter, according to a report studying the impact of global warming on Europe.

Chrysler to Sell Electric Cars in U.S. as Early as 2010
September 26, 2008 10:16 AM - , Low Impact Living

Chrysler has announced that it is working on an electric powered version of its Voyager MPV, which could be put into commercial production as early as 2010.

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