Sci/tech

New Environment-Friendly Technology Developed
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International

The painting industry was regarded during the bubble economy as a typical example of a dirty and dangerous industry and treated as a nuisance to the environment. But painting artisans' skills developed in the city of Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, are going to bear fruit as new environmentally friendly technologies.

Energy, Farms, Water Seen Aided by Nanotechnology
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Futuristic microscopic devices could store energy, raise farm output and purify water to help the world reach 2015 goals of curbing poverty, according to a report on Tuesday.

EU Considers Suspending U.S. Corn Gluten Imports in Biotech Dispute
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Ames, Associated Press

The European Union is considering suspending imports of corn gluten animal feed from the United States worth 347 million euros ($450 million) a year after shipments of an unauthorized genetically modified corn were sent to the EU, a spokesman said Monday.

Japanese Whaling Ships Leave for Controversial Research Hunt off Northern Coast
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Six ships left a port in northern Japan on Monday for a whale hunt in an offshore research program that critics have denounced as a cover for commercial whaling.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Persist in Chicken
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Alex Dominguez, Associated Press

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria continued to be found in chickens bought at area supermarkets a year after two large poultry producers stopped using an antibiotic blamed for creating the resistant strains, Johns Hopkins researchers report.

EPA Cancels Proposed Study that Would Have Exposed Children to Pesticides
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday canceled a controversial study using children to measure the effect of pesticides after Democrats said they would block Senate confirmation of the agency's new head.

DuPont Shareholder Seeks Disclosure of Expenses on Chemical Being Studied by EPA
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A DuPont Co. shareholder wants the chemical maker to disclose legal fees and other expenses for a chemical that is used to make the nonstick substance Teflon and is being studied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen.

States Ask Court to Force EPA Action on Greenhouse Gases
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A coalition of 12 states and several cities asked a federal appeals court Friday to make the Environmental Protection Agency reconsider its decision not to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases as air pollutants.

New Cotton Fabric May Absorb Toxins
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

Cotton, the fabric of your life, could soon have the potential to save it. Scientists at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health on Monday unveiled a new composite cotton fabric they say will protect against biological and chemical agents.

E-mails Appear to Show Yucca Mountain Scientists Planning to Make up Data
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

E-mails by several government scientists on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump project suggest workers were planning to fabricate records and manipulate results to ensure outcomes that would help the project move forward.

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