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President Touts Nuclear Power, Says Plants Far More Safe Now
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Julie Mason, Houston Chronicle

In a hard hat and shirtsleeves, President Bush kept the pressure on Congress Wednesday to pass an energy bill, visiting a nuclear facility 45 miles from the White House and declaring, "It is time for this country to start building nuclear power plants again."

Solar Sail Craft Likely Didn't Make Orbit
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - John Antczak, Associated Press

Organizers of a bold attempt to fly the world's first solar sail spacecraft all but conceded Wednesday that their Cosmos 1 never reached orbit this week because of a failure of its Russian booster rocket, but said they were undeterred from the risky business of space exploration.

Task Force Calls for Congress to Preserve Northeastern Forest
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - John Richardson, Portland Press Herald, Maine

A multistate task force renewed calls Tuesday for Congress and the northeastern states to preserve the 26-million-acre forest that stretches from New York to Maine.

Senate Defeats Climate Measure, Says Siting of Gas Terminals May Be Federal Decision
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Senate soundly defeated a proposal Wednesday for mandatory reductions in heat-trapping pollution that may be warming the Earth. Supporters managed to get five fewer votes than they did two years ago.

Stem Cell Therapy Cannot Cure Our Toxic Legacy
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Robert Ovetz, PhD

(By Robert Ovetz, PhD) When it comes to fetal stem cell research, science fiction is inseparable from reality. In the science fiction film Gattaca, actor Ethan Hawke plays a man attempting to fake the identity of a paralyzed genetically altered superhuman he cares for in order to become an astronaut, a profession denied people of his genetic caste. New stem cell therapies that rely on fetal tissue promise miracle cure escapes. Those most likely to be able to afford these therapies will be restricted to a new wealthy disease free caste reminiscent of Gattaca.

New England Shellfish Growers Feel Snubbed by Red Tide Loan Program
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

Like hundreds of aquaculturists, shellfish grower Barbara Austin has been out of work since earlier this month when the worst toxic algae bloom in more than three decades hit the New England coast and closed shellfishing areas in Massachusetts.

Whale Burger Goes on Sale in Japan Amid Growing Criticism over Its Research Whaling
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A fast food chain in northern Japan began offering a whale burger on Thursday as anti-whaling nations urged Japan to cut back on its catch at an international conference on whaling.

Emergency Workers Deal with Electrocution Threat from Hybrid Cars
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Shana Gruskin, Sough Florida Sun-Sentinel

With gas prices rising and environmental concerns brewing, more drivers are turning to electric-gas hybrids to meet their transportation needs. But those green vehicles, while good for the air and their owners' wallets, pose a new danger to police, firefighters and others who respond to car crashes: electrocution.

New Regulations Cut Number of House Paints for Five States
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Pound, Beaver County Times, Pa.

A new set of regulations intended to limit releases of VOCs -- or volatile organic compounds, one of the primary causes of smog -- has nearly cut off the supply of oil-based paints available in Pennsylvania and four other states.

Japan Forfeits Bid to Host International Nuclear Fusion Reactor
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan has contacted the European Union to forfeit its bid to host a multibillion-dollar international nuclear fusion reactor, a Japanese newspaper reported Wednesday.

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