Puppies mark birth of commercial pet cloning

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Science

A U.S. woman received five puppies Tuesday that were cloned from her beloved late pitbull, becoming the inaugural customer of a South Korean company that says it is the world’s first successful commercial canine cloning service.

Like a chronic disease spreading through the body, “dead zones” with too little oxygen for life are expanding in the world’s oceans.

Fisherman Terry Pizani turns his captain’s wheel with a mournful expression on his face. Far below, the fishing grounds off the Louisiana coast where the 63-year-old has made a living for five decades have become an aquatic graveyard known as a “dead zone.”

Study: Organic food not more nutritional

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Science

If you’ve ever found yourself in your local supermarket agonizing about whether the organic apples will be a more nutritional and greener choice than the cheaper non-organic ones, you’re probably not alone.

Eco communities: Living the green life

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Science

The term “eco community” might conjure up an image of bearded hippies tending an allotment before sharing a mung bean stew. But as today’s urbanites become more concerned about reducing their carbon footprints, some are finding that modern eco communities offer them a way to live sustainably without foregoing their home comforts.

Arctic ice at second-lowest level ever

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Science

New satellite measurements show that crucial sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has plummeted to its second-lowest level on record.

Oil price up on Russia tensions

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Business

Oil prices shot up more than $5 a barrel Thursday, rising to the highest level in over two weeks as escalating tensions with Russia stoked fears of supply disruptions to the West.

Buffett: U.S. still in recession

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Business

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Friday the U.S. economy continues to be in a recession, by his definition, and will continue to be for at least several more months.

Reports: Japan creating $73B stimulus plan

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Business

Japan is drawing up an economic stimulus package worth eight trillion yen ($73 billion) to help businesses and consumers cope with soaring fuel and commodity prices, news reports said Saturday.

Mattel wins $100M in doll suit

Posted on 28 Aug 2008 In: Business, Entertainment

A federal jury awarded Mattel Inc. $100 million in damages after a serious girl fight between the house of Barbie and the maker of her chief rival, the pouty-lipped Bratz dolls.