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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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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, 4 days, 13 hours, 11 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, 4 days, 16 hours, 28 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, 5 days, 15 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.

Sweetener ‘not linked to cancer’

EU - The artificial sweetener aspartame is not linked to cancer, according to a report just released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Landing on Titan: The Movies

Tucson, Arizona, USA - Scientists at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) have made two new movies of the Huygens probe's landing on Saturn's giant moon, Titan, on Jan. 14, 2005.

Invention could be lifesaver for miners

Huntsville, ON - David Reagor did well in science, math and as a track athlete at Duluth East High School in the 1970s. An underground radio he invented could become Reagor's most important accomplishment.

A self-service rental car (via Web 2.0)

Cambridge, MA - Web 2.0 businesses -- online ventures like MySpace and YouTube whose customers upload the goods rather than buying retail products -- can teach businesses that operate in the physical world a few tricks about customer satisfaction. Zipcar, the urban car-sharing company that now operates in eight U.S. cities, has brought a Webby mindset -- automation, transparency, community -- to the rubber-meets-road business of car rental.

A car that’s fast and could save the planet, too!

San Francisco, CA - Ian Wright has a car that blows away a Ferrari 360 Spider and a Porsche Carrera GT in drag races, and whose 0-to-60 acceleration time ranks it among the fastest production autos in the world.

2,000-year-old Roman road excavated

Paris, France - Deep beneath pavement pounded by tourists on Paris' Left Bank lies an ancient path - a 2,000-year-old Roman road recently excavated during construction work.

‘Baby’ robot learns like a human

Genoa, Italy - A robot that learns to interact with the world in a similar way to a human baby could provide researchers with fresh insights into biological intelligence.

Chocolate ‘makes for happy babies’

Finland - It could be the perfect excuse for mums-to-be everywhere this Easter. Scientists in Finland say eating chocolate during pregnancy may make for happier, livelier babies.

Scientists discover ‘most important’ blue whale colony

Chile - Scientists say they have discovered one of the world's most important blue whale colonies off the coast of Chile, where the endangered animals appear to be staying for the summer instead of migrating south to the Antarctic to feed according to their traditional migratory patterns.

Archaeologists solve the ultimate puzzle

Angkor Wat , Cambodia - Archaeologists working at the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia have nearly completed what has been hailed as the world's largest and most complicated jigsaw puzzle.

Anti-piracy centre opens in Kenya

Mombasa, Kenya - A maritime rescue centre, designed to provide a rapid response to acts of piracy and accidents at sea, has been launched in the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

Japan to capture CO2 at Australian power plant in world first: report

Tokyo, Japan - A Japanese consortium hopes to capture carbon dioxide emissions at an Australian power plant by 2009 in a world first that would be a major step towards battling greenhouse gases responsible for global warming, a report said.

Pentagon’s robotic challenge: Dodge little old ladies, lead foots

Los Angeles, CA - Seven months after an unmanned Volkswagen successfully drove itself over the rugged desert, the Pentagon is sponsoring another challenge for self-driving vehicles that can weave through congested city traffic without causing an accident.

Blind owl can see again with lenses

Madison, Wis. - A great horned owl found starving in the wild because it had gone blind could be released this spring after having new lenses implanted in its eyes.

The Good Life: Consumerism is so ‘90s

United States - In growing numbers, Americans are rediscovering that the real meaning of the good life doesn't come from things they can buy but from things they can feel.

Cancer agent mysteries revealed

Boulder, CO - Scientists have cracked the structure of an essential part of an enzyme believed to play a key role in the development of many cancers.

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