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24 June 2010 5:17 PM | Tagged: pedestrian promenade
NEW YORK Imagine no cars — or fewer, anyway.In New York, a two-mile stretch of the FDR Drive parkway is torn down to open lower Manhattan for parks and plazas, and bicyclists are given their own lane on the Brooklyn Bridge.An elevated highway in Guangzhou, China, is transformed into a pedestrian promenade, and rooftops are linked by raised walkways and bikeways.In Jakarta, Indonesia, tradi

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24 June 2010 5:17 PM | Tagged: moon myths
The full moon of June will rise over Earth on Saturday, only to fall into a partial lunar eclipse as it passes through part of our planet's shadow. Known as the Flower moon in English, the June full moon will occur at 7:30 a.m.EDT (1130 GMT) on Saturday, June 26, nearly two hours after it is partially eclipsed.(This graphic shows where to spot the full moon early Saturday morning.) Because of the

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24 June 2010 4:37 PM | Tagged: international whaling commission
AGADIR, Morocco International Whaling Commission scientists have warned that a seismic survey in Russia's Far East could push a critically endangered population of whales closer to extinction. The committee is extremely concerned about the potential impact on western gray whales and strongly recommends that Rosneft postpone their survey until at least June 2011, the scientists said in a report

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24 June 2010 4:17 PM | Tagged: state pension system
NEW YORK New York state's pension fund plans to sue BP Plc to recover losses from the drop in the company's stock price following the worst oil spill in U.S history, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said on Wednesday.New York's Common Retirement Fund has a long history of serving as the lead plaintiff in shareholder lawsuits.DiNapoli said the fund owned more than 19 million shares when the De

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24 June 2010 3:17 PM | Tagged: gulf islands national seashore
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. A leaky truck filled with oil-stained sand and absorbent boom soaked in crude pulls away from the beach, leaving tar balls in a public parking lot and a messy trail of sand and water on the main beach road.A few miles away, brown liquid drips out of a disposal bin filled with polluted sand.BP PLC's work to clean up the mess from the worst offshore oil spill in U.S history alre

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24 June 2010 2:27 PM | Tagged: baylor college of medicine
WEDNESDAY, June 23 (HealthDay News) -- A new Italian study describes a technique that doctors can use to restore vision to some patients with severe burns to their eyes. The therapy restores the burned cornea -- the outermost layer of the eye -- with a graft of healthy stem cells grown in the laboratory.The treatment is like putting on a biological contact lens, said Dr.Stephen Pflugfelder, a p

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24 June 2010 1:17 PM | Tagged: native pollinators
GRANTS PASS, Ore. A conservation group filed a petition Wednesday to add a bumblebee from Southern Oregon and Northern California to the endangered species list.The Society for Invertebrate Conservation and University of California at Davis entomologist Robbin Thorp formally petitioned the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the insect — called a Franklin's bumblebee — under the

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24 June 2010 11:37 AM | Tagged: international whaling commission
TOKYO Japan's fisheries minister on Thursday blamed anti-whaling nations for the collapse of talks in the International Whaling Commission and questioned whether Japan should stay in the forum.Negotiations in the 88-member body on the future of commercial whaling broke down Wednesday at its annual meeting in Morocco, with pro- and anti-whaling nations unable to break a decades-long deadlock.The