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Dead Whale Washes Back to Calif. Shore

(AP) -- Getting rid of a dead blue whale is proving no easy feat. More than a week after a 70-foot whale carcass was hauled out to sea, the creature's putrid remains washed back to shore.

EBay Warns Buyers, Sellers of Recalls

(AP) -- EBay Inc. said Tuesday it is sending notices to sellers hawking recalled items, warning that they could be kicked off the Web site and may have to forfeit their fees.

Nanotechnology: not just for geeks

Say “nanotechnology,” and geeks imagine iPhones, laptops and flash drives. But more than 60 percent of the 580 products in a newly updated inventory of nanotechnology consumer products are such “un-geeky” items as tennis racquets, clothing, and health products.

Toshiba Gadget Reads Hand As Remote

(AP) -- You won't have to grope around for the remote anymore if Toshiba's latest technology makes it to your living room: It lets you control a DVD player with hand motions - without touching a clicker or keyboard.

Microsoft Mum on Plans for EU Appeal

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. kept its options open Tuesday on whether it will appeal a landmark antitrust ruling and record $613 million fine imposed by European competition authorities that an EU court upheld last month.

The family that eats together stays healthy together

In this fast-paced world, it can be a challenge for families to find time to share a meal. But a nutritionist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says sitting down to eat as a family is worth juggling your schedule.

Menace in a bottle: Detecting liquid explosives

After the plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airlines with liquid explosives was uncovered in London in August 2006, there has been pressure on the airline industry, and Homeland Security, to find new ways to not only detect liquids in baggage and on airline passengers, but also to figure out what they are. Now, the DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) is teaming with scientists at the Los...

FDA approves knee-injury device for humans

A new knee-surgery device investigated by University of Missouri-Columbia researchers that will help to repair meniscus tears, which were previously defined as irreparable, has been approved by the FDA for use in humans.

New clinical guideline for low-back pain

A summary of evidence on the diagnosis and treatment of low-back pain has prompted the American Pain Society (ASP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) to issue a new treatment guideline. The guideline is based on a thorough analysis of published research conducted by investigators at the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center at Oregon Health & Science University.

Argonne researcher studies what makes quantum dots blink

In order to learn more about the origins of quantum dot blinking, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago and the California Institute of Technology have developed a method to characterize it on faster time scales than have previously been accessed.


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Dilaton could affect abundance of dark matter particles

The amount of dark matter left over from the early universe may be less than previously believed. Research published in the open access journal PMC Physics A shows that the "relic abundance" of stable dark matter particles such as the neutralino may be reduced as compared to standard cosmology theories due to the effects of the "dilaton"', a particle with zero spin in the gravitational sector of...

Increasing young adult smoking linked to smoking in movies

Do young adults learn behaviors from movies? In a paper published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, examined the relationship between young adults (age 18-25) observing smoking in movies and the likelihood of starting to smoke. They found that more exposure to smoking in movies was significantly...

Music Download Trial Starts Tuesday

(AP) -- A group of record companies says Jammie Thomas illegally shared everything from Enya to Swedish death metal online. Tuesday, she will become the first of 26,000 people sued by the recording industry to take the case to trial.