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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

From http://bna.com:
Linux Australia President Pia Smith says that the MPAA had issued the organization a notice of claimed infringement, demanding that the group cease providing access to two copyrighted movies--one called "Grind" and the other "Twisted"--and ordering it to "take appropriate action against the account holder." However, Linux Australia says the files in question have nothing to do with those movies. Linux Australia's legal counsel plans to contact the MPAA to inform them of the mistake and the legal implications of their actions.
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 21-Sep-2004
Journal of Forest Products
Study endorses wood as 'green' building material
A new report concludes that wood is one of the most environmentally-sensitive building materials for home construction – it uses less overall energy than other products, causes fewer air and water impacts and does a better job of the carbon "sequestration" that can help address global warming.
US Department of Energy

Public Release: 21-Sep-2004
Geophysical Research Letters
Researchers discover 'hole' in global warming predictions
In the central United States, temperatures may not rise as high in the future, scientists from Saint Louis University and Iowa State University say.

Public Release: 21-Sep-2004
Nuclear power helps protect Japan from high oil prices
Nuclear power contributes to Japan's energy security by reducing the economic impact of an oil price shock. A Rice University study estimates that in the absence of nuclear power, the cumulative impact of a single oil price shock could result in a loss of up to 2 trillion yen in GDP.

Public Release: 21-Sep-2004
Termites could hold the key to self-sufficient buildings
Mounds built by highly-evolved African termites could inspire new types of building that are self-sufficient, environmentally friendly and cheap to run.

Public Release: 20-Sep-2004
Journal of Energy Engineering
Wastewater could treat itself, power city
The energy stored in Toronto's municipal wastewater could be harnessed to run water treatment facilities and contribute power to the city grid, says new U of T research.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology

Public Release: 20-Sep-2004
British Journal of Haematology
Vanilla may have a future in sickle cell treatment
In addition to its popular role in flavoring ice cream, fudge and cake frosting, vanilla may have a future use as a medicine. Recent laboratory research in mice has strengthened the possibility that a form of vanilla may become a drug to treat sickle cell disease.
National Institutes of Health

Fear of Pharming
Controversy swirls at the crossroads of agriculture and medicine
By Alla Katsnelson

Farming, one of the world's oldest practices has suddenly found itself entangled with modern medicine. Imagine this: at your child's appointment for a routine vaccination, the doctor proffers a banana genetically engineered to contain the vaccine and says, “Have her eat this and call me in the morning.” Though still farfetched, the scenario is getting closer to reality, with the first batch of plant-made medicines--created by genetically modifying crops such as corn, soy, canola and even fruits such as tomatoes and bananas to produce disease-fighting drugs and vaccines--now in early clinical testing

Ox's Natural Mosquito Repellant Synthesized in Lab
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