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March 11, 2009

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Mar 11,2009
The concept of delaying global warming by adding particles into the upper atmosphere to cool the climate could unintentionally reduce peak electricity generated by large solar power plants by as much as one-fifth, according to a new NOAA study. The findings appear in this week’s issue of Environmental Science and Technology.   The world's largest solar power facility, located near Kramer Junction, Calif., consists of five Solar Electric Generating Stations and covers more than 1,000 acres.  ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
Discovery Is A 'Proof Of Principle' Of The Existence Of A 'Spin Battery' CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Miami and at the Universities of Tokyo and Tohoku, Japan, have been able to prove the existence of a "spin battery," a battery that is "charged" by applying a large magnetic field to nano-magnets in a device called a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). The new technology is a step towards the creation of ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery's launch to the International Space Station now is targeted for no earlier than March 15. NASA managers postponed Wednesday's planned liftoff due to a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the external fuel tank. The system is used to carry excess hydrogen safely away from the launch pad. Liftoff on March 15 would be at 7:43 p.m. EDT. The exact launch date is dependent on ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
Salmonella bacteria research from two recent NASA space missions discovered key elements of the bacteria's disease-causing potential that hold promise for improving ways to fight food-borne infections on Earth. Salmonella is a leading cause of food poisoning and related illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 40,000 cases of Salmonella infections are reported in the United States each year. "This research opens up new areas for investigations that may improve food ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
Bi-partisan Bill Would Take Away Medical Marijuana Cardholder’s Ability to Grow Their Own Pot; Would Cost $98 per ounce   SALEM, Ore. — A bi-partisan group of legislators have introduced legislation to improve the safety of patients participating in Oregon’s Medical Marijuana program. House Bill 3274 transfers more of the program’s responsibilities from patients and caregivers to the state, which would be solely charged with growing and dispensing the marijuana. “Oregonians have voted to authorize the use ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
LA HABRA, Calif. - The mother of California octuplets says she herself has paid for a new house in La Habra, Calif., and will move in within days. Nadya Suleman, the octuplets' mother, told the "Dr. Phil" television show Tuesday that she, and not her parents, is leasing with an option to buy a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on a suburban cul-de-sac, the Orange County Register reported. Suleman told the show that she obtained the money ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
MIAMI - Consumer advocates are warning about a new round of Internet scams that lure in victims with false promises of access to U.S. economic stimulus money. The Miami Herald said Wednesday the alleged scams often require an up-front fee and the victim's credit card information, which could set them up for identity theft. "At a time when people are desperate, the desperation may cloud their judgment," said Liz Compton of the Florida Department of ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
CARSON CITY, Nev. - A pilot flying Nevada's state plane risked the lives of Gov. Jim Gibbons and others by flying with low fuel, a state hearing officer found. Gary Phillips on one occasion had to land the state's 10-seat Cessna Citation at Carson City in bad weather because he did not have enough fuel to divert to Reno, the hearing officer, Bill Kockenmeister, found last week, the Las Vegas Sun reported. Phillips also took ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
TRIPOLI, Libya - Libyan officials criticized the United States for its apparent lack of follow-through on incentives offered for the shutdown of its nuclear weapons program. Officials in Tripoli told The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) that the slow response by the United States could undermine the Obama administration's efforts to convince other nations to halt their development of weapons of mass destruction. "We gave some devices, some centrifuges, for example for America, but what do ... [full story]
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Mar 11,2009
BLAINE, Wash. - An attempt to settle a long-running legal battle over a retaining wall built by homeowners along the U.S.-Canadian border has been rejected, observers say. A ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman to reject a motion to settle the suit means Herbert and Shirley-Ann Leu, of Blaine, Wash., still don't know if their wall will be allowed to stand amidst a tangle of legal issues, The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald reported. The ... [full story]
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