Sci/tech

Titan's Surface Organics Surpass Oil Reserves On Earth
February 21, 2008 09:45 AM - National Aeronautics And Space Adminstration.

The new findings from the study led by Ralph Lorenz, Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., are reported in the Jan. 29 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters. "Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material -- it's a giant factory of organic chemicals," said Lorenz. "This vast carbon inventory is an important window into the geology and climate history of Titan."

Is That Sea Otter Stealing Your Lunch -- Or Making It?
February 21, 2008 09:41 AM - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Despite of this potential conflict, Kai Chan of the University of British Columbia believes there is a way to ensure Canadian First Nations fishers can benefit from the otters' presence. "Efforts to restore wildlife populations should not be played out in a win-lose framework that pits conservation against the economic interests of the local people," observes Chan, who spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Conference in Boston (February 14 to 18).

Renault, Suez to announce car-recycling venture
February 21, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - French carmaker Renault and the Sita waste management firm of Suez will on Thursday announce a joint venture company to recycle old passenger and commercial vehicles, a spokesman said. The companies will hold a news conference at 1700 GMT (12 p.m. EST) at Renault's marketing offices in Boulogne-Billancourt.

China says finds fossil of new dinosaur species
February 21, 2008 08:32 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Scientists have found the fossil of a new herbivorous dinosaur species that stood five meters (5.5 yards) high and lived 60 million years ago, the official Xinhua agency reported on Thursday. The large long-necked sauropod, which was found in Eastern Zhejiang province and has not yet been named, was around 15 meters long, the report quoted a museum curator as saying.

Nintendo rolls out Wii fitness game product
February 20, 2008 11:33 AM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Games maker Nintendo Co Ltd on Wednesday said it will launch a new physical fitness game product called Wii Fit for U.S. shipping in May. The Wii Fit, which will debut on May 19, will come with a weight-and-motion sensing device called the Wii Balance Board, the company said in a statement.

LED Bulbs: Efficient lighting is here to stay.....
February 20, 2008 10:46 AM - , Triple Pundit

The introduction of LED light bulbs into the market has been hindered due to several factors. Namely: lumens (brightness) color (led produce blue radiance vs. white) market promotion and affordability. Although LED bulbs for residential and commercial applications are not quite where they need to be, they are starting to scratch their way into the market this year with more force than ever before.

Researchers Invent Eco-Friendly Hypersonic Jet
February 20, 2008 10:44 AM - ,

Feel like heading off from Jersey for a croissant breakfast in Paris, then returning home in time to meet your friends at a local pizza shop for lunch? How about an overnight stay at a B&B in Sydney Harbor, where you can keep a lookout for sharks from your bedroom window? Or, if you're in the mood for a cross-country jump from LaGuardia to LAX, you could be California Dreamin' in mere minutes – though it'll probably take twice as long to cut through all that traffic en route to your hotel.

Masters of disguise: Secrets of nature's 'great pretenders' revealed
February 20, 2008 10:22 AM - Imperial College London

A gene which helps a harmless African butterfly ward off predators by giving it wing patterns like those of toxic species, has been identified by scientists who publish their findings today (20 February 2008). The mocker swallowtail butterfly, Papilio dardanus, is unusual because it emerges from its chrysalis with one of a large number of different possible wing patterns and colours. This is different from most butterfly species which are identified by a common wing pattern and colour. Furthermore, some of the different patterns that the mocker swallowtail exhibits mimic those of poisonous species, which affords this harmless insect a valuable disguise which scares off predators.

Do animals think like autistic savants?
February 20, 2008 10:20 AM - Public Library of Science

When Temple Grandin argued that animals and autistic savants share cognitive similarities in her best-selling book Animals in Translation (2005), the idea gained steam outside the community of cognitive neuroscientists. Grandin, a professor of animal science whose best-selling books have provided an unprecedented look at the autistic mind, says her autism gives her special insight into the inner workings of the animal mind. She based her proposal on the observation that animals, like autistic humans, sense and respond to stimuli that nonautistic humans usually overlook.

Breaking Down the Barriers to a Green Economy
February 20, 2008 09:50 AM - UNEP

UNEP Launches Year Book 2008 at its 10th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Monaco 20-22 February Monaco, 20 February 2008-An emerging Green Economy is glimpsed in the latest United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Year Book as growing numbers of companies embrace environmental policies and investors pump hundreds of billions of dollars into cleaner and renewable energies.

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