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World's Largest Tropical Glacier Vanishing 462

Posted by Zonk
from the no-rest-for-the-chilly dept.
Socguy wrote with a link to a CBC article about the rapidly disappearing Peruvian glacier known as the Quelccaya ice cap. The world's largest tropical glacier was a hot topic this past Thursday at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson, and a team of Ohio state scientists, produced the stunning news that Quelccaya and similar formations are melting at a rate of some 60 metres per year. While polar ice caps have commanded attention in the discussion of global warming to date, these tropical caps are crucial to the well-being of ecosystems relying on an influx of mountain stream fresh water.
Censorship

+ - The Chinese Internet Crash of 2007 - Calamity or C

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Tom Carter
Tom Carter writes "http://www.nowpublic.com/the_chinese_internet_cras h_of_2007_calamity_or_capitalism "Even multinational conglomerates Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, who are already struggling in the Asian market, are now regularly met with "cannot display" time-out errors. Conversely, China's e-commerce giants just don't understand what all the fuss is about.""
Businesses

+ - Get Healthy - Or Else

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theodp
theodp writes "Scientists, regulators, and farmers may find dabbling with transgenic grass too risky, but not Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn. And the risks associated with air shows and NASCAR auto and truck racing haven't discouraged Hagedorn and Co. from participating. So what kind of risks won't one-time smoker and muscle-car fan Hagedorn tolerate? Scotts Miracle-Gro employees who are fat or smoke. BusinessWeek reports on the get-healthy-or-else initiative at the $2.7 billion lawn-care company, where you fail a drug test by testing positive for nicotine."
Biotech

+ - Search for New Autism Genes

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iuvasago
iuvasago writes "The largest search for autism genes to date, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has implicated components of the brain's glutamate chemical messenger system and a previously overlooked site on chromosome 11. Based on 1,168 families with at least two affected members, the genome scan adds to evidence that tiny, rare variations in genes may heighten risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). [Read More] from Physorg.com"

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