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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.
“We are very happy with the backing of the International Court. We had never expected such a strong ruling."
- Geert Vons, a representative of Sea Shepherd

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U.S. Patent Office to use wiki-based peer reviews of patent applications

Washington, D.C. - The US Patent and Trademark Office has received praise for officially launching the Peer to Patent program -- the purpose of Peer to Patent is to find patents that have been issued for already made products or items that don't properly qualify for a patent. Because the USPTO usually does not have the manpower and time to thoroughly check every patent that comes into the office, many are unjustly rubber stamped. A New York law school helped develop the Peer to Patent program...

India and US to explore the Moon in 2008

Bangalore, India - Under an accord between the countries' space agencies, India's first unmanned lunar mission will carry two scientific payloads from the US agency, NASA.

A light with a bright future

USA - Light bulbs have blazed for more than 125 years, and people still can't seem to get enough of them. But as energy costs soar, the future of the traditional incandescent light bulb is beginning to dim.

China reports discovery of 2,000-year-old walled city ruins

Beijing, China - Archeologists have unearthed the ruins of a 2,000-year-old walled city in a reservoir on China's northeastern border with North Korea, a news report said Wednesday.

Women attracted to men who like children: study

Santa Barbara, CA - Women can pick up cues about how men feel about children from their faces and use the subtle signs to rate them as potential partners, scientists said on Wednesday.

Hamas and Fatah agree to end clashes

Palestine - Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to end a spate of armed clashes at an emergency meeting in Gaza City.

Fisherman Nets Ancient Statue in Greece

Athens, Greece - A Greek fisherman has handed over to authorities a large section of an ancient bronze statue brought up in his nets in the Aegean Sea, officials said on Monday.

Man Crosses U.S. to Walk Off Pounds, Past

Fairfield, New Jersey, USA - Steve Vaught has lost more than 100 pounds on his walk across the country, but he's regaining his sanity.

Dolphins Name Themselves

Sarasota Bay, FL - A high-pitched "wee-o-wee-o-wee-o-wee" whistle might not sound like much to you, but it's exactly how a dolphin might introduce itself.

Beach Patrols Help Sea Turtles Rebound

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands - Beach patrols to save dwindling leatherback sea turtle populations appear to be working on the Caribbean island of St. Croix.

Ancient Puebloans reburied at park

Towaoc, Colorado - "A wrong has been righted," a New Mexico tribal leader said Thursday of the recent reburial in Mesa Verde National Park of the remains of more than 1,500 Ancestral Puebloans.

Meteorites Discovered To Carry Interstellar Carbon

Carnegie Institution, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 5 days, 15 hours, 15 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Washington, DC - Like an interplanetary spaceship carrying passengers, meteorites have long been suspected of ferrying relatively young ingredients of life to our planet.

Copying nature could save us energy, study shows

University of Bath, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 5 days, 15 hours, 31 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Bath, England - New technologies that mimic the way insects, plants and animals overcome engineering problems could help reduce our dependence on energy, according to new research published in the Royal Society journal Interface.

Evolutionary forces explain why women live longer than men

University of Michigan, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 5 days, 15 hours, 35 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Despite research efforts to find modern factors that would explain the different life expectancies of men and women, the gap is actually ancient and universal, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Cancer Immunity Injections Cure Mice

Frederick, MD - White blood cells from mice that are naturally immune to cancer cured tumors in other mice and provided them with lifelong immunity to the disease, researchers reported Monday.

US ‘acts to end prisoner abuse’

Washington, DC - The US has taken extensive steps to tackle the mistreatment of foreign detainees and has court-martialled 89 troops, senior US officials have said.

Accelerating the internet to the speed of light

Sydney, Australia - Australian scientists believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough in optical circuitry that may improve the speed of the internet by a factor of 1000.

Tearing down the Great Firewall of China

Toronto, ON - Looking at them you might not guess it. But deep in a basement room on the University of Toronto campus, three unassuming computer hackers with messy hair and wrinkled T-shirts are working to tear down China's "Great Firewall," the most sophisticated Internet censorship system in the world.

New law protects provincial ‘whistleblowers’

Winnipeg, Manitoba - Employees who report wrongdoings in the province's public sector would be protected under wide-ranging new "whistleblower" legislation introduced in the legislature Monday.

Caribbean Leatherback Sea Turtles Stage Comeback

Earthwatch Institute, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 6 days, 5 hours, 59 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - The first week in May marked the emergence of the first hatchlings from leatherback turtles nesting on Sandy Point, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Self-repair gene therapy promise

Cologne, Germany - Gene therapy experts say they have found a way to persuade cells to repair themselves.

Archaeological park lets visitors explore, touch ancient pueblo

Tucson, Arizona, USA - Besh-Ba-Gowah might sound like the name of a rap music artist or some kind of exotic Middle Eastern cuisine - but actually it's a place for a hands-on encounter with history.

Online calculator and chemotherapy order systems reduce medication errors in children

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 6 days, 9 hours, 16 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Baltimore, MD - Two new studies from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center show that computerizing ordering of chemotherapy and other types of intravenous drug infusions for children greatly reduces the risk of potentially dangerous medical errors.

Bush directs food aid to Sudan

Washington, DC - US President George W. Bush today said he had directed emergency food stockpiles be shipped to Sudan to help ease a humanitarian crisis and called on the US Congress to approve $US225 million ($290 million) in food aid.

Australian Miners Walk Free After 14 Days Trapped Underground

Beaconsfield, Australia - Two Australian miners walked free today after being trapped for 14 days almost 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) underground in a gold mine at Beaconsfield in Australia's Tasmania state.

Angola’s Unique Giant Sable Gets Second Chance

Luanda, Angola - There could hardly have been a better omen for Angola after nearly three decades of war: last year, the revered giant sable antelope, unique to the central African country and feared wiped out, was spotted again.

deCODE Discovers Major Genetic Risk Factor for Prostate Cancer

deCode Genetics, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 6 days, 17 hours, 3 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Reykjavik, Iceland - Scientists at deCODE genetics (Nasdaq:DCGN) along with academic colleagues in Iceland, the US and Sweden today report the discovery of a common genetic variant that predisposes to prostate cancer.

Iran letter to Bush lifts hopes

Tehran, Iran - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to US President George W Bush in an attempt to ease tensions between Teheran and the West.

Military lab also tests products for disabled

Atlanta, GA - A Georgia Tech lab was created during the Cold War to conduct tests for the military, but it now has a much more grounded mission: To find ways to make everyday items more accessible to disabled people.

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