Japanese Whaling Ship In Clash With Eco-Activists
Sydney (SPX) Feb 13, 2007
A Japanese whaling ship issued a distress signal from Antarctic waters Monday and may be unable to stay at sea after colliding with a protest boat trying to save whales from slaughter, the two sides said. Japan swiftly accused the eco-activists of being "terrorists" and said they had attacked the Kaiko Maru, one of the whaling boats hounded by the conservation group in an ongoing game of nerves in the icy southern seas.
+ Anti-Whalers To Snub Japan's Whaling Talks
Tokyo (AFP) Feb 12, 2007
Japan this week hosts a meeting of members of the world whaling body to debate its future, but most key Western nations are boycotting talks which they see as a ploy to resume commercial whaling. The three-day conference starting Tuesday mirrors sharp differences within the International Whaling Commission (IWC) where leading pro-whaling nations including Japan have been making steady inroads.
+ Researchers Unearth 4300-Year-Old Chimpanzee Technology
Calgary, Canada (SPX) Feb 13, 2007
A University of Calgary archaeologist has found the first prehistoric evidence of chimpanzee technology, adding credence to the theory that some of humanity's behavioural hallmarks were actually inherited by both humans and great apes from a common ancestor. Dr. Julio Mercader, one of the few archaeologists in the world who studies the material culture of great apes, especially chimpanzees, uncovered stone 'hammers' last year in the Ta� rainforest of Africa's C�te D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) that date back 4,300 years.
+ Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Agree To Save "Heart Of Borneo"
Jakarta (AFP) Feb 12, 2007
Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei on Monday agreed to conserve a large swathe of mountainous rainforest covering a third of Borneo which is home to endangered orangutans, elephants and rhinos. "This will put the 'Heart of Borneo' on the world stage as one of the last great blocks of forest in the world," Indonesian Forestry Minister Malem Sambet Kaban said after he and his counterparts from Malaysia and Brunei signed the "Rainforest Declaration" on the resort island of Bali.
+ Health Problems Hit Indonesia Flood Victims
Jakarta (AFP) Feb 12, 2007
More than 1,100 flood victims have been treated for respiratory problems and diarrhoea in Indonesia, where crowded hospitals are bracing for an influx of patients, officials said Monday. The capital Jakarta was hit by widespread floods early in the month, with deep waters submerging a large part of the capital and forcing hundreds of thousands to abandon their inundated homes.
SHAKE AND BLOW
+ Indonesia watchdog sues over 'mud volcano'
Jakarta (AFP) Feb 12, 2007
An Indonesian environmental watchdog said it had filed suit on Monday against a mining company and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono over a "mud volcano" which has forced thousands to flee their homes. A gas well near Surabaya in East Java operated by PT Lapindo Brantas has spewed steaming mud since May last year, submerging villages, factories and fields in the Sidoarjo district.
FROTH AND BUBBLE
+ Pollution Worsens As Curbs Fail In China
Beijing (AFP) Feb 12, 2007
China missed government-set targets to cut pollution by two percent last year as fast-paced economic growth produced more rather than less environmental contamination, state media reported Monday. Two key pollution indicators rose by more than one percent, the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) reported, according to Xinhua news agency. Sulphur dioxide emissions increased by nearly 463,000 tonnes, or 1.8 percent, compared to 2005, the environmental watchdog said.
+ Britain Launches Investigation Into Monsanto Toxic Waste
+ 3D Seismic Model Of Vast Water Reservoir Revealed
St. Louis MO (SPX) Feb 13, 2007
Seismologists at Washington University in St. Louis have made the first 3-D model of seismic wave damping - diminishing - deep in the Earth's mantle and has revealed the existence of an underground water reservoir at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean. It is the first evidence for water existing in the Earth's deep mantle.
+ India's Tech Hub Crippled By Strike Over Water Supply
+ NASA Study Finds Warmer Future Could Bring Droughts
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+ Large-Scale Trial Of HIV Vaccine Launched In South Africa
Washington (AFP) Feb 08, 2007
South Africa has launched Africa's largest-yet clinical trial of a promising vaccine against HIV, the virus which causes AIDS, the US National Institutes of Health announced Thursday. About 3,000 men and women who do not have HIV will be enrolled in the program to test the vaccine, supplied by drugmaker Merck and Co., which in earlier, smaller trials proved effective in more than half the people who received it.
+ Glaciers Not On Simple Upward Trend Of Melting
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 13, 2007
Two of Greenland's largest glaciers shrank dramatically and dumped twice as much ice into the sea during a period of less than a year between 2004 and 2005. And then, less than two years later, they returned to near their previous rates of discharge.
+ Scientists Use Seismic Waves To Locate Missing Rock Under Tibet
Champaign IL (SPX) Feb 13, 2007
Geologists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have located a huge chunk of Earth's lithosphere that went missing 15 million years ago. By finding the massive block of errant rock beneath Tibet, the researchers are helping solve a long-standing mystery, and clarifying how continents behave when they collide. The Tibetan Plateau and adjacent Himalayan Mountains were created by the movements of vast tectonic plates that make up Earth's outermost layer of rocks, the lithosphere.
+ The First Hiking Maps Of Mars
Paris, France (ESA) Feb 13, 2007
Scientists using data from the HRSC experiment onboard ESA's Mars Express spacecraft have produced the first 'hiker's maps' of Mars. Giving detailed height contours and names of geological features in the Iani Chaos region, the maps could become a standard reference for future Martian research. The maps are known as topographic maps because they use contour lines to show the heights of the landscape.
+ Opportunity Flips 10 Kilometers And Tests New Drive Software
+ Focus On Europa In Search For Life Beyond
St. Louis MO (SPX) Feb 13, 2007
Yogi Berra supposedly suggested that when you come to a fork in the road, you are supposed to take it. That's just what planetary scientists studying the rich data set from the Galileo Mission to the outer solar system are doing now. They're taking the fork.
+ If You Love Me Order Some Purple Space Potatoes
Shanghai (Xinhua) Feb 13, 2007
A special type of sweet purple potato, grown from seeds once aboard China's second manned spacecraft, could be a must-choose item for young couples here on Valentine's Day. The new type of sweet potato, developed from seeds that mutated in outer space, has a much deeper purple color than previous generations, according to the Haikou Purple Orchid, the grower, in China's southernmost Hainan Province.
+ Enceladus Tells A Painful Story Of Relentless Outbursts Out Saturn Way
Charlottesville, VA (SPX) Feb 11, 2007
Astronomers from the University of Virginia and other institutions have found that Enceladus, the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, is a "cosmic graffiti artist," pelting the surfaces of at least 11 other moons of Saturn with ice particles sprayed from its spewing surface geysers. This ice sandblasts the other moons, creating a reflective surface that makes them among the brightest bodies in the solar system (Enceladus, itself a ball of mostly ice, is the single most reflective body in our solar system).
+ NARVAL The First Observatory Dedicated To Stellar Magnetism
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 13, 2007
NARVAL, a stellar spectropolarimeter, has recently been installed on the 2 meter diameter Bernard Lyot Telescope (INSU-CNRS) at the summit of the Pic du Midi in the French Pyrenees. Like its twin brother, ESPaDOnS, which equips the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (INSU-CNRS, National Research Council of Canada, University of Hawaii), it is an astronomical instrument specially designed and optimized to study the magnetic fields of stars and, more specifically, their effects on the life of the stars and the planets that surround them.
+ Astrophysicists Explain The Differences In The Brightness Of Supernova Explosions
+ Northrop Grumman Develops New GPS Range Tracking System for Minuteman III ICBM
Vandenberg AFB (SPX) Feb 11, 2007
A newly certified Global Positioning System range tracking system, developed for the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by Northrop Grumman Corporation, was successfully flown at Vandenberg Air Force Base for the first time this week as one of the two independent tracking systems required for range safety.
+ Marathon North Korea Nuclear Talks Appear To Secure Breakthrough
+ US Happy With IAEA Reduction Of Technical Assistance To Iran
+ Russia Should Renew Its Nuclear Arsenal
+ Russia Willing To Help NATO Stabilize Afghanistan Situation
Seville, Spain (RIA Novosti) Feb 13, 2007
Russia is interested in helping NATO forces stabilize the situation in Afghanistan, the defense minister said after an informal Russia-NATO Council meeting. "We will of course never send our servicemen there, but everything else is open for discussion. This includes our efforts to alleviate Afghanistan's debt to Russia," Sergei Ivanov told journalists on Friday in the southern Spanish city of Seville. The minister said Afghanistan's current debt to Russia is $10 billion.
+ US Democratic Senators Skeptical Of Iranian Weapons Claim
Washington (AFP) Feb 12, 2007
Top US Democrats have expressed skepticism about US government claims that Iran is secretly channeling weapons to militants in Iraq, arguing the issue is best resolved through negotiations rather than confrontation. The comments followed a US press conference in Baghdad, during which senior defense officials insisted that Iranian-built bombs smuggled into Iraq had killed at least 170 US and allied soldiers since June 2004 and wounded 620.
+ US Bets On Iraqi Tribes For Security
+ One Size Does Not Fit All In Iraq
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