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Xbox exec Shane Kim to retire after 19 years

(AP) -- Shane Kim, the Microsoft Corp. executive who oversaw the growth of its video game business from the original Xbox and through such hits as "Halo" and "Gears of War," is retiring after 19 years with the software maker.

Gorilla King Titus dies in Rwanda

Titus the Gorilla King, who became the world's most famous mountain gorilla after starring in Dian Fossey's "Gorillas in the Mist" and a BBC documentary, has died in Rwanda at the ripe old age of 35.

Salt and Paper Battery May One Day Replace Lithium Batteries

(PhysOrg.com) -- Salt and paper battery can be used in many low-power devices, such as medical implants, RFID tags, wireless sensors and smart cards. This battery uses a thin-film which makes it an attractive feature for many portable devices that draws a low current.

Study predicts an uncertain future for forests

The composition of some of our nation's forests may be quite different 200 to 400 years from today according to a recent study at the University of Illinois. The study found that temperature and photosynthetic active radiation were the two most important variables in predicting what forest landscapes may look like in the future. The uncertainties became very high after the year 2200.

Study: Lose weight while listening to your MP3 player (w/ Podcast)

(PhysOrg.com) -- With obesity and weight-related illnesses on the rise, researchers continue to look for better ways to help people shed extra pounds and keep them off. A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study finds that help may be as close as the earbuds on your MP3 player.

Intel Outlines Objections To EC's $1.45 Billion Fine

Regulatory rules have kicked some sand on an anticompetitive case against Intel dating back to 2000. The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, on Monday published a summary of Intel's appeal of the EC's $1.45 billion fine. Intel officials say they stand by their decision to contest the fine imposed in May. It was the largest ever levied by the EC on a single firm....

US film distributors reject Charles Darwin biopic

Here's one you'll like, my British friends: it seems that the new Darwin biopic, Creation, can't find a US distributor. It pains me to link to the Telegraph, but I don't see the story on the Guardian site, so here:The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia....

Brookhaven Lab Patents New Method for Mercury Remediation

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have patented a new method to remove toxic mercury from soil, sediment, sludge and other industrial waste. As described in recently awarded U.S. patent number 7,589,248 and application U.S. Publication No. 20080097138, the method allows mercury to be treated in situ - at its original location in the ground.

Functionality in a compact package -- the Nokia 3710 fold

Nokia today unveiled a mobile device that balances eye-catching design with the latest in mobile functionality. The compact Nokia 3710 fold adds a personal touch with an artistic pattern on the cover. Its diverse features are effortless to find and use.

Making Massive Stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- Our understanding of star formation leans heavily on observations of stars like the sun, namely, those that are modest in mass and that are born and evolve at a relatively leisurely pace.

New Web site promotes interoperable newborn screening data

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) today launched the Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide, an important step toward efficient electronic exchange of standard newborn screening data. The new Web site was created in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease...

Hewlett-Packard Offers Ultrathin Performance Notebooks

Hewlett-Packard unveiled a variety of new computer products Tuesday for businesses and consumers, including what it described as "the world's thinnest full-performance notebook." The HP ProBook 5310m is 0.9 inches thick and weighs in at 3.7 pounds. The target market is mobile professionals, and it features a 13.3-inch LED high-definition screen and black anodized aluminum in "soft-touch paint"...

One in six Mediterranean mammals face extinction

One in six Mediterranean mammals is threatened with extinction at the regional level, mainly due to the destruction of their habitat from urbanization, agriculture and climate change, nature body IUCN said Tuesday in a new study.