October 17, 2008
AP - A stick bug from the island of Borneo measuring well over a foot in length has been identified by researchers as the world's longest insect, British scientists said Thursday.
October 16, 2008
HealthDay - THURSDAY, Oct. 16 (HealthDay News) -- A gene could help prod
people to overeat and gain excess weight, new research shows.
Reuters - Hurricane Omar weakened to a tropical storm in the Atlantic on Thursday night after threading its way through the small islands of the northeastern Caribbean as a powerful storm that caused far less damage than its punch had threatened.
AP - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Thursday that God blessed the nation with oil and gas resources and other forms of energy that should be tapped to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers.
SPACE.com - NASA's
long-distance effort to revive the ailing Hubble Space Telescope is going well,
with the orbital observatory on track to resume science observations by week's
end, agency officials said Thursday.
AP - Autumn temperatures in the Arctic are at record levels, the Arctic Ocean is getting warmer and less salty as sea ice melts, and reindeer herds appear to be declining, researchers reported Thursday.
LiveScience.com - Guys looking for dates might do well to volunteer at the Salvation Army or help people rescue lost dogs. A new study suggests that women put a high value on altruism in potential mates.
Reuters - Hurricane Omar strengthened into a major Category 3 storm as it raced toward Puerto Rico and the small islands of the northeastern Caribbean, threatening to bring torrential rains that could trigger dangerous floods and mudslides on Thursday.
AP - Monkeys taught to play a computer game were able to overcome wrist paralysis with an experimental device that might lead to new treatments for patients with stroke and spinal cord injury.
October 15, 2008
AP - To reach its global warming goals, California must cut greenhouse gas emissions by about four tons per person, which would require cleaner cars, more renewable energy and a cap on major polluters, according to a state plan released Wednesday.
Bloomberg - Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The son of Fred Baron is pleading
with Biogen Idec Inc. to let his dying father, the Dallas trial
lawyer who served as finance chairman for John Edwards's
presidential campaign, use the experimental cancer drug Tysabri.
Reuters - U.S. crude oil futures fell more than $1 a barrel after Wednesday's settlement, slipping to a 13-month low as traders were concerned over weaker demand linked to a widespread economic slowdown.
AP - Call it the political revenge of the nerds. For nearly eight years, many mainstream scientists have been frustrated with the Bush administration. They've claimed that science has been censored, ignored and politicized on issues from global warming to stem cells to evolution. Even the presidential science adviser was booted from the White House, forced to set up office down the street.
LiveScience.com - Some news audiences are more politically savvy than others, according to a new poll, with readers of The New Yorker and similar high-brow magazines being the most knowledgeable.
SPACE.com - Plenty of European astronauts and hardware have gone up
to the space station or to other orbits around Earth, but now the European
Space Agency (ESA) is thinking of ways to get them back down on their own.
AP - NASA engineers say they know how to fix the broken Hubble Space Telescope: They have to wake up computer parts that have been sleeping in space for more than 18 years.
AP - Omar strengthened into a hurricane late Tuesday and drenched islands in the southeastern Caribbean, downing trees and blowing off a school's roof as it menaced U.S. islands.
AP - Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants often found in tap water, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.
October 14, 2008
LiveScience.com - An excavated skeleton of a Neolithic woman and an infant buried with her show signs of tuberculosis, making them the oldest known TB cases confirmed with DNA, researchers announced today.
AFP - Skins, claws and bones from at least 1,158 tigers and other protected big cats have been spotted in open markets in Myanmar during surveys conducted over the last 18 years, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report.