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LHC to Recreate Conditions Just After Big Bang

This month, the LHC will begin accelerating lead ions close to the speed of light. The resulting ion-ion collisions will produce temperatures so high that physicists will glimpse what it was like just after the Big Bang.

AT&T sets up division to target health care

(AP) -- AT&T Inc., the country's largest telecommunications company, on Thursday said it is setting up a division to target the health care industry, hoping to have a significant seat at the table when industry adopts electronic medical records, doctor's visits by video-conferencing and wireless gadgets like remote glucose monitors.

Saving the ocean one island at a time

Aboard Mission Blue, oceanographer Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific -- protecting fish, sealife and the island nation itself.Greg Stone was a key driver in the establishment of the Phoenix Island Protected Area in the island nation of Kiribati. The second-largest marine protected area in the world --...

Obama drops plan to limit global warming gases (AP)

AP - Environmental groups and industry seem headed for another battle over regulation of greenhouse gases, as President Barack Obama said he will look for ways to control global warming pollution other than Congress placing a ceiling on...

NASA's Tricky Art of Choosing Space Shuttle Launch Windows (SPACE.com)

SPACE.com - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has delayed the final launch of space shuttle Discovery several times in the last week, most recently to no earlier than Nov. 4, to allow time for last-minute repairs. But the shuttles must fly within a given window, and rescheduling a launch can be a tricky task.

A 'brand' new world: Attachment runs thicker than money

Can you forge an emotional bond with a brand so strong that, if forced to buy a competitor's product, you suffer separation anxiety? According to a new study the answer is yes. In fact, that bond can be strong enough that consumers are willing to sacrifice time, money, energy and reputation to maintain their attachment to that...

A 'brand' new world: Attachment runs thicker than money

Can you forge an emotional bond with a brand so strong that, if forced to buy a competitor's product, you suffer separation anxiety? According to a new study from the USC Marshall School of Business, the answer is yes. In fact, that bond can be strong enough that consumers are willing to sacrifice time, money, energy and reputation to maintain their attachment to that brand.

AGU Journal highlights -- Nov. 4, 2010

Featured in this release are research papers on the following topics: "Exploring climate patterns linking stratosphere; lower atmosphere"; "Method separates pollution's effects on clouds from sea spray's" "Combined satellite data yields novel Earth gravity field model"; "Improving Earth surface displacement analysis"; "Sandbar migration difficult to predict"; "Sulfate isotopes explain past...

Americans less healthy than English, but live as long or longer, study finds

Older Americans are less healthy than their English counterparts, but they live as long or even longer than their English peers, according to a new study.Researchers found that while Americans aged 55 to 64 have higher rates of chronic diseases than their peers in England, they died at about the same rate. And Americans age 65 and older -- while still sicker than their English peers -- had a lower...