Satellites and submarines give the skinny on sea ice thickness
Smoke From Station Fire Blankets Southern California
This summer, a group of scientists and students - as well as a Canadian senator, a writer, and a filmmaker - set out from Resolute Bay, Canada, on the icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent. They were headed through the Northwest Passage, but instead of opening shipping lanes in the ice, they had gathered to open up new lines of thinking on Arctic science.
Why Pacific Hurricanes Hit the Americas So Rarely
Triple-digit temperatures, extremely low relative humidities, dense vegetation that has not burned in decades, and years of extended drought are all contributing to the explosive growth of wildfires throughout Southern California.
When it comes to mpg, I'm buying the `hype'
LiveScience.com - Stories of hurricane winds and rain lashing the coasts of Florida, Louisiana and other southeastern states pop up in the news constantly during the summer, but warnings of Pacific storms such as Jimena are few and far between.
Change is seen in Atlantic from climate, fishing
AP - The crippling success of Cash for Clunkers, the sustained popularity of the Toyota Prius and splashy headlines afforded the 230-mpg Chevy Volt would seem to signal a fuel-efficiency awakening in the United States not seen since the energy crisis of the...
Geo-Engineering May Be Planet's Last Hope
AP - The basic makeup of the ocean waters off the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic region has fundamentally changed in the past 40 years because of climate change, commercial fishing pressures and growing coastal populations, according to a new report.
Another Gmail Outage Blocks E-Mail for Millions of Users
Risky attempts to engineer Earth's climate may be the only way to cool the planet.
As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms
Google's Gmail service failed again on Tuesday. Users trying to access their e-mail accounts were greeted with a server error, and Google acknowledged the problem on its Gmail forum.
The service is the third most-visited e-mail service in the U.S., and it suffered short outages twice in May. In February Google apologized for a significant outage, and there were other failures last year,...
Algae-Based Biofuel From Fish
Reuters - The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer...
Germany challenges Google books settlement: minister
Right now, when biofuel is produced using algae, cultures are grown and then processed into fuel. But the process is expensive and difficult. Now a company in Texas, LiveFuels, Inc., hopes that it will be able to change all that. The idea is to create a biofuel based on the oils from the fish that eat the algae.
Idaho's wolf hunt on for now
Germany on Tuesday said it opposed a legal settlement that would allow Google to digitise and sell millions of books online, arguing it violated international treaties on authors' rights.
Inhibition of NF-kappa B, a key inflammatory protein, reduced radiation toxicity in zebrafish
(AP) -- The first legal wolf hunt in decades in the lower 48 states is off to a slow start.
Risky schemes may be only hope for cooling planet: scientists
Directly inhibiting the activity of a key protein mediator of inflammation reduced radiation toxicity in zebrafish embryos, and may ultimately be of help to patients receiving radiation therapy, according to researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.
Twitter, texting could help families in disasters
Sci-fi proposals to cool the planet are laden with risk but may be Earth's only hope if politicians fail to tackle global warming, scientists said on Tuesday in their biggest evaluation to date of "geo-engineering" concepts.
Waist-hip ratio better than BMI for gauging obesity in elderly
(AP) -- Text messaging, Twitter and social networking Web sites could help families stay in touch in the wake of a disaster, a national safety group said Tuesday.
Weight gain in adulthood associated with prostate cancer risk; patterns differ by ethnicity
Body mass index (BMI) readings may not be the best gauge of obesity in older adults, according to new research from UCLA endocrinologists and geriatricians. Instead, they say, the ratio of waist size to hip size may be a better indicator when it comes to those over 70.
Solar Systems Warped by Interstellar Wind
Body mass in younger and older adulthood, and weight gain between these periods of life, may influence a man's risk for prostate cancer. This risk varies among different ethnic populations, according to results of a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
Opera Releases Turbo-Charged Opera 10 Browser
SPACE.com - Close encounters with interstellar gas could have given the
dust-filled disks of solar systems — where planets are thought to form — the
odd shapes that some of them have taken on, a new study suggests.
Idaho's wolf hunt on for now
Opera Software on Tuesday took the lid off its final version of Opera 10. The free, open-source browser works on Windows, Mac and Linux platforms and offers three key features it hopes will woo browser users.
First, Opera 10 features Opera Turbo, a new compression technology that, when enabled, automatically detects slow speeds and provides broadband-like speeds. Once turned on, Turbo instantly...
'Eatin' (not so) good in the neighborhood'
AP - The first legal wolf hunt in decades in the lower 48 states is off to a slow start.
A new molecule to combat diabetes and obesity
Living without a car in close proximity to fast food restaurants is associated with excess body mass index and weight gain, according to a University of Pittsburgh study available online and published in the September issue of the Journal of Urban Health. Indeed, adults in areas with high fast food concentration who didn't have a car were as much as 12 pounds heavier than those who lived in...
Breast cancer: Risk increases for smokers and overweight women
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is increasing at an alarming state with more than 180 million people affected worldwide. With the rising incidence of obesity, a major risk factor for the onset of type 2 diabetes, this metabolic disorder represents a major health concern. A group from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, now shows that there...
From fat to chronic inflammation
A recent study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology has reinforced the correlation between being overweight, smoking and breast cancer. What makes this study unique is how test subjects were not diagnosed for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which predispose women to breast cancer.
Hydrogen Storage Gets New Hope from Rechargeable 'Chemical Fuel Tank'
Researchers may have found a key ingredient in the recipe that leads from obesity to chronic low-grade inflammation, according to a report in the September issue of Cell Metabolism.
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new method for "recycling" hydrogen-containing fuel materials could open the door to economically viable hydrogen-based vehicles.