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Space station urine recycling system still on the fritz

Turning urine into drinkable water apparently isn't so easy. At least not in space. As the space shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station (ISS) crews gear up for tomorrow's scheduled seven-hour spacewalk, they're still wondering what to do with their malfunctioning $250 million water-and-urine recycling system...

November 21, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Titan's Rival: Enceladus

Saturn's small, snow and ice–covered moon, Enceladus, only 310 miles (500 kilometers) across, has made a big impact on astronomers. On a series of close flybys in 2004, the Cassini spacecraft revealed a great deal of unexpected activity bursting forth from this frozen world, which travels with 33 other named satellites in Saturn's domain over 740 million miles from Earth...

November 21, 2008 — Christie Nicholson and Michael Battaglia

Most still skip HIV tests

Two years after federal health officials recommended that everyone get tested for HIV at least once, the exam still isn’t routine.

In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that all Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 should take the test, because nearly a quarter million people in the U.S...

November 21, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Baby virus could be key to childhood asthma

Asthma, a respiratory disease whose prevalence skyrocketed in the latter part of the 20th century, is  believed to have a genetic component, and environmental triggers—including pollution and pests— are also blamed.  Now a common infant virus—respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)—is being fingered as a possible cause...

November 21, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Farmed fish can be organic, too, ag advisors say

What exactly makes a fish organic? Apparently, one that feeds on a nonorganic diet.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advisory panel says that producers should be allowed to slap organic labels on farmed fish even if their diets include wild fish and other feed that isn’t organic itself—definitions that environmentalists say depart from the criteria for other certified organic animal food products...

November 20, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Bush moves may endanger Endangered Species Act

The Bush Administration's push for "midnight regulations" in the last moments of office continues.

In the next 24 hours, the Bush is expected to relax requirements for federal environmental officials to sign off on building projects that pose a threat to species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)...

November 20, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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