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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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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.

Sudan government, main rebel group sign peace accord to end Darfur crisis

Abuja, Nigeria - The Sudanese government and the main Darfur rebel group signed a peace plan Friday to end the death and destruction in western Sudan after an international diplomatic push led by the United States.

Explorer’s world trek continues

Uelen, Russia - A court in Russia's Far East has upheld an appeal by the British adventurer Karl Bushby against deportation.

Way to mass produce key bird flu drug revealed

Boston, MA - The biggest hope for saving people at the start of a bird flu pandemic, before a vaccine is available, is the antiviral drug Tamiflu but the drug is hard to make and stocks are limited.

Students invent natural way to purify polluted water

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Scallop shells can be used to clean up polluted water, three teenagers in Halifax have discovered.

Saharan Sand Dunes Found on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Tucson, Arizona - Recent images of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, bear a striking resemblance to some of the deserts on Earth.

Lighting up with young kids in vehicle banned under bill

Little Rock, Arkansas - House Bill 1046 started out as a joke to just about everyone but Bob Mathis. And now it's his turn to laugh.

New marine protected areas for Australia

World Wildlife Fund, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 1 day, 23 hours, 30 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Melbourne, Australia - Australia has committed to creating 13 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), totalling 226,000km2 in Australia's south-eastern waters. The area covers waters off the Australian states of Victoria, Tasmania, southern New South Wales and eastern South Australia, paving the way for the creation of a national network of MPAs throughout Australia's vast ocean territory.

New Species Of Life Discovered In The Atlantic Ocean

Oslo, Norway - The result of a voyage which was part of the ongoing Census of Marine Life (CoML) that has the purpose of mapping ocean life throughout the world has been the discovery of about 10 to 20 new species of small creatures living in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

Actor Gives Away Car for Global Warming

Los Angeles, CA - Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld" fame put his Prius where his mouth is giving away the hybrid car in a contest aimed at increasing awareness of global warming.

8 New Frog Species Discovered in Laos

Bangkok, Thailand - You want to find a new frog species? Head to the Southeast Asian nation of Laos.

Global child labour figures fall

Geneva, Switzerland - The number of children working around the world has fallen significantly for the first time, a new study says.

Hybrid Vehicle Sales More Than Double

Detroit - U.S. hybrid vehicle sales more than doubled last year, according to new data released Thursday, although they still only comprise slightly more than 1 percent of U.S. vehicle sales.

WWF and tourist operator sign agreement to protect the Arctic

World Wildlife Fund, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Olso, Norway - WWF and Arctic tour operator Spitsbergen Travel have signed an agreement that will increase awareness about the Arctic environment among tourists, company employees and business partners.

Energy-Saving Space Engines: Black holes can be green

Greenbelt MD - Some seemingly quiet black holes are actually efficient engines that emit jets of high-energy particles. This finding, from the first study to directly measure the efficiency of black holes, offers a hint as to why the universe isn't more crowded with stars.

Computer Grid Helps Fight Avian Flu

Particle Physics & Astronomy Research Council, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 23 hours, 31 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
London - During April, computers in the UK have been working overtime in the fight against avian flu. As part of an international collaboration, computers at eleven UK universities and research labs have put in one hundred thousand hours of time searching for possible drug components against the avian flu virus H5N1. The analysis used a computing Grid, a new network that brings together worldwide computer resources to solve scientific problems.

New ILO Report Shows Marked Decline in Child Labor Worldwide

International Labor Organization, 7 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 23 hours, 56 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Geneva, Switzerland - Child labor, especially in its worst forms, is in decline for the first time across the globe, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said today, in a new, cautiously optimistic report entitled "The end of child labor: Within reach".

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