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Scoreboard shows strong increase of aid in response to the financial crisis but Single Market intact

December 7, 2009 5:54 am | by European Commission | News | Comments

The European Commission's latest State Aid Scoreboard shows the financial crisis multiplied the overall aid volume from € 66.5 billion or 0.52% of the EU-27 GDP in 2007 to € 279.6 billion or 2.2% of GDP in 2008. Crisis measures excluded, total aid stood in 2008 at € 67.4 billion or 0.54%...

You Can't Manage Energy Use That You Don't Measure

December 7, 2009 5:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

"You can't manage what you don't measure" is a common management adage. It applies well to energy as well. I think I do a decent job at restricting my energy usage at home. After all, I'm supposed to be an energy expert. But who would have thought th

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Statistics Insights for Scientists and Engineers

December 7, 2009 5:52 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

My father was a engineer and statistician. Along with George Box and Stu Hunter (no relation) they wrote Statistics for Experimenters (one of the potential titles had been Statistics for Engineers). They had an interest in bringing applied statistics to the work of scientists and...

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Unless We Take Decisive Action, Climate Change Will Ravage Our Planet

December 7, 2009 5:52 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

photo by John Hunter at Glacier National Park. Tomorrow 56 newspapers, in 45 countries, are taking the unprecedented step of publishing the same editorial. The editorial will appear in 20 languages, as the United Nations Climate Change Conference is set to begin in Copenhagen. Unless we...

Publication in Neuropsychopharmacology Confirms CeNeRx's Novel RIMA Antidepressant TriRima & trade; Selectively and Reversibly Inhibits MAO-A

December 7, 2009 5:52 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

CeNeRx BioPharma, Inc., a clinical stage company developing innovative treatments for diseases of the central nervous system, today announced that a newly published PET imaging study in human subjects confirms that CeNeRx’s novel compound TriRima™ reversibly inhibits MAO-A, an...

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Tiny RNA Has Big Impact On Lung Cancer Tumors

December 7, 2009 5:52 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Researchers from Yale University and Mirna Therapeutics, Inc., reversed the growth of lung tumors in mice using a naturally occurring tumor suppressor microRNA. The study reveals that a tiny bit of RNA may one day play a big role in cancer treatment, and provides hope for future patients...

Ye Hardware Engineer on Quest for Firmware

December 7, 2009 5:52 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

I've been spending some time with the mbed here and I'm convinced that there are a lot of good uses for this little thing. One in particular popped in to my head with a lot of vigor.Back in December of 2008, I listed ten (Octal) things to do to help get through a l

Voltaren Gel (diclofenac sodium topical gel) 1 & #37; - Hepatic Effects Labeling Changes

December 7, 2009 5:50 am | by FDA MedWatch | News | Comments

Cases of drug-induced hepatotoxicity reported, including liver necrosis, jaundice, fulminant hepatitis with and without jaundice, and liver failure.

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Microsoft, Yahoo take next step in search alliance

December 7, 2009 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have signed off on their plan to team up against Google Inc. in the lucrative Internet search market.The step announced Friday seals the terms of a preliminary agreement announced in late July. The 10-year contract was to be signed by late October, but Microsoft...

LDRA Wins Contract in China’s Manned Spacecraft Program

December 7, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

The China Manned Spacecraft Program (CMSP) selected LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification tools, and the LDRA tool suite to analyze complex safety-critical applications related to the Tiangong 1 spacecraft, experiments that support the overall mission of CMSP.

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Phone thieves targeting more live music gigs

December 7, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

Music-lovers watching their favorite acts at live concerts are increasingly becoming targets for gangs of mobile phone thieves, British police said on Monday. Detectives warn that they have seen a growing problem of organized criminals at both indoor and outdoor gigs hoping to make off with top-of-the-range phones.

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RIM announces Blackberry China distribution deal

December 7, 2009 5:22 am | News | Comments

Digital China, a Hong Kong-listed information technology company, is to distribute Research In Motion's Blackberry handsets, accelerating RIM's effort to expand into mainland China. The agreement will "help RIM further expand its business in China" by giving it access to Digital China's national distribution network, the two companies said on Monday.

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Nobel prize foundation frets over its finances

December 7, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

The Nobel Foundation might have to reduce the money it awards winners of its prestigious prizes due to the effects of the global financial crisis, its director said on Saturday. The foundation will give 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.5 million) for each prize this year as it has done for most of the last decade. But the downturn could strain resources for future prizes.

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You've Got Freedom: AOL ends ties with Time Warner

December 7, 2009 5:17 am | News | Comments

AOL is shaking loose from Time Warner Inc. and heading into the next decade the way it began this one, as an independent company. Unlike the 1990s, though, when AOL got rich selling dial-up Internet access, it starts the 2010s as an underdog, trying to beef up its Web sites and grab more advertising revenue.

Virgin Galactic to Unveil Commercial Spaceship

December 7, 2009 5:14 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

After five years of secret construction, the cloak is coming off a privately funded spacecraft designed to fly well-heeled tourists into space. The long-awaited 

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