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Smithsonian identifies invasive crab species in Panama Canal expansion area

A Smithsonian scientist and colleague report that a potentially harmful, invasive crab species that has spread to several countries is now established and reproducing in Panama. The researchers report that Harris mud crabs are reproducing in the small, man-made lake designated to become the third set of locks in Panama`s new $5 billion canal expansion project.

Nintendo Game Courts Wine Lovers

(AP) -- Japanese wine lovers will get more than their usual fill of Beaujolais Nouveau in November, when a new game offering advice on wine tasting and manners debuts along with this year's Beaujolais.


EU: Bloc Can Pay for Galileo Satellites

(AP) -- Europe's proposed multibillion-dollar Galileo satellite navigation project could be salvaged with the help of unspent EU funds and without additional taxpayer money, the European Commission said Wednesday.

Man Finds Lost Camera Through E-Mails

(AP) -- A woman who found a digital camera outside Ohio Stadium located the owner by uploading a picture from it and e-mailing the image to a batch of Ohio State football fans.

Severe heart attack damage limited by hydrogen sulfide

Administering hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) directly into the heart during a simulated heart attack significantly reduces the tissue and cell damage often seen in oxygen-starved organs, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Swirled to the Left or Right? Nanofibers Align in Stirred Liquid

Is the vortex in a stirred liquid swirling clockwise or counterclockwise? A zinc porphyrin dendrimer—a branched molecule with a central zinc atom—can answer this question. As Japanese researchers report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the optical activity of a solution containing this substance changes rapidly when the direction of stirring is changed.

T-Mobile to launch Apple iPhone in Germany

Mobile telecommunications operator T-Mobile has won an exclusive contract to distribute Apple's iPhone in Germany and will start selling the new touch-screen unit on November 9, both groups said here Wednesday.

Airline to Test Wi-Fi for Passengers

(AP) -- Alaska Airlines said Tuesday it will be the first U.S. carrier to test a satellite-based in-flight wireless Internet service next year and may equip its entire fleet.

Bats add their voice to the FOXP2 story

When it comes to the FOXP2 gene, humans have had most to shout about. Discoveries that mutations in this gene lead to speech defects and that the gene underwent changes around the time language evolved both implicate FOXP2 in the evolution of human language. More recently, patterns of gene expression in birds, humans and rodents have suggested a wider role in the production of vocalisations.

Google Cashing in on Widget Craze

(AP) -- Google Inc. will try to cash in on the Internet's latest craze by distributing ads within "widgets" - the interactive capsules designed to bring more pizzaz to Web pages.

Metagenomics of the deep Mediterranean

Metagenomics is a revolutionary approach to study microbes. Rather than isolating pure cultures, the power of high-throughput sequencing is applied directly to environmental samples to obtain information about the genomes of the prokaryotic cells present in a specific habitat studied. The ocean is an ideal subject of this approach because of its enormous microbiota, whose biomass equals that of...

MySpace Launches Targeted Ad Program

(AP) -- News Corp.'s MySpace social networking site is using personal details contained on users' profile pages and blogs to sell highly targeted advertising, the company said Tuesday.

Subprime problems signal trouble ahead, research shows

If it seems as though sub-prime mortgage loans stirred up trouble in the financial markets, just wait until debt problems spill over onto household spending. According to economists Barry Cynamon and Steven Fazzari, America's love affair with consumption has been a big source of economic stimulus for a long time. But the party might be about to end. Americans' overextended wallets could trigger...

New Bose Speakers Are Even Smaller

(AP) -- Bose Corp. introduced new $399 speakers on Tuesday designed to provide top-quality sound from a desktop and capitalize on the emergence of the computer as a home music center.