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A U.S. federal judge has refused to allow investors to proceed as a group in a lawsuit accusing BP Plc of fraud by misleading them – before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill – about the company's ability to respond to an accident. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison in Houston denied a request on Friday to certify a class action of holders of BP's American depository shares (ADSs) who were allegedly injured by the energy giant. The judge said his decision was based largely on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from March holding that a class action against Comcast Corp was improperly certified. Ellison said the Supreme Court decision "has appreciably changed the landscape for class certification." But he said he would allow the plaintiffs another chance to argue that their case should move forward as a class action, giving them 30 days to file a new motion.
Posted on 7 December 2013 | 6:56 pm
By Simon Gardner and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Lawmakers from Mexico's ruling centrist party and opposition conservatives have reached agreement in principle on a draft energy bill that includes contracts ranging from profit-sharing and risk-sharing to licenses, a top lawmaker told Reuters on Saturday. Approval of the bill would mark the end of the decades-long oil and gas monopoly held by state-run oil company Pemex , which is struggling to reverse a sharp slide in oil output due to years of chronic under-investment. The bill, which would keep ownership of crude in state hands, is at the centre of an economic reform drive that President Enrique Pena Nieto hopes will boost long-lagging growth in Latin America's No.2 economy. Lawmakers from the Pena Nieto's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the conservative National Action Party (PAN) were to meet later on Saturday to present the bill, and were expected to start debating it on Sunday.
Posted on 7 December 2013 | 6:31 pm
The visitors from the Arctic have shown up as far south as North Carolina, on the island of Bermuda and in unusually large numbers in the Northeast and around the Great Lakes. Yesterday (Dec. 5), 15 were counted at Logan Airport in Boston. For reasons no one understands, snowy owl sightings are spiking in eastern North America this winter. "Maybe this is starting to shape up to be an irruption year," said Denver Holt, founder of the Owl Research Institute in Montana.
Posted on 6 December 2013 | 9:06 pm
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Around 300 Islamists took to the streets of the Libyan port of Benghazi on Friday demanding the fall of the government and an end to strikes and sit-ins stopping crude exports – the first sign of public opposition to the blockades in the oil-rich east. A regional autonomy movement has seized the country’s two biggest ports in Es-Sider and Ras Lanuf, both of them in eastern Libya, the source of 60 percent of the OPEC producer’s oil wealth. Other groups demanding a greater share of oil wealth and other rights have halted exports at Hariga port in Tobruk in the far east. The actions have devastated Libya’s oil trade, the main source of revenue and hard currency in a country still struggling with turmoil two years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
Posted on 6 December 2013 | 8:33 pm
By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted on Friday that former Yukos oil company chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky would not be freed under an amnesty President Vladimir Putin is preparing, and a prosecutor said the jailed tycoon could face new charges. The head of Putin's human rights council said this week that Khodorkovsky and two women from the punk band Pussy Riot could benefit from the amnesty marking the anniversary of the adoption of Russia's post-Soviet constitution in 1993. But, without naming names, Medvedev said Russia should be careful about freeing people convicted of crimes like hooliganism – the charge in the Pussy Riot case – and theft, which was the indictment against Khodorkovsky. "Our people really are not much inclined, for example, to conduct acts of amnesty for individuals involved in violent crimes, for individuals who committed crimes against society, including hooliganism," Medvedev said in a TV interview.
Posted on 6 December 2013 | 5:11 pm
A group of pilot whales that wandered into a remote part of Everglades National Park in South Florida is now heading back toward the sea, according to government officials. Yesterday (Dec. 4), a group of 41 whales was found close to shore, in water as shallow as 3 feet (1 meter), which is dangerous for them — they are typically found in much deeper waters, said Blair Mase, a marine mammal specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries service. A total of 10 of the pilot whales were reported dead yesterday, and that number has now climbed to 11, Mase said today during a telephone news conference. Today, crews from NOAA and the National Park Service helped guide the whales toward the sea by placing their crafts between the shore and the whales.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 10:46 pm
By Guido Nejamkis BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina's recent Cabinet shuffle has smoothed trade friction between South America's two largest economies and clears the way for a united proposal for free trade with the European Union, Brazilian Trade Minister Fernando Pimentel said on Thursday. Cash-strapped Argentina, one of the most protectionist members of the Group of 20 countries, has been restricting Brazilian imports since last year even though both are members of the Mercosur customs union. Argentina has agreed to let in Brazilian goods that were stopped at the border, mainly cars and shoes, Pimentel said after meeting with Argentina's new Cabinet chief, Jorge Capitanich, and Economy Minister Axel Kicillof. "There's been a change of team and we think that is positive." The appointment last month of Capitanich, a former provincial governor, has been seen as a pragmatic shift in the government of President Cristina Fernandez as it strives to restore business confidence shaken by her policies and the nationalization of Spanish oil major Repsol last year.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 6:54 pm
By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt's army-installed government unveiled a timetable to pay $3 billion (1.8 billion pounds) of $6.3 billion it owes to foreign oil firms on Thursday, part of a campaign to revive confidence in an economy hammered by three years of political turmoil. Five months after President Mohamed Mursi's downfall and following a fierce crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood, the government is trying to restore a semblance of normalcy by moving ahead with a political roadmap and boosting the economy. But criticism of the army-backed authorities has spread recently to include secular activists angered at government moves seen as a threat to political freedoms won by the 2011 uprising against president Hosni Mubarak. They include Ahmed Maher, one of the symbols of the 2011 uprising, who faces charges including protesting without official permission.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 5:25 pm
High winds battered Scotland on Thursday leaving more than 20,000 homes without power and disrupting travel with all trains cancelled. Gale-force winds had hit the electricity network in the north of Scotland with the number of homes without power expected to rise, particularly in the highlands, a spokesman for SSE said. All train services in Scotland were suspended shortly after 8 a.m. local time until further notice due to debris on the tracks and Glasgow's Central Station was evacuated after part of a glass roof collapsed, ScotRail said Britain's weather office said winds of up to 116 miles per hour (187 km per hour) had slammed some areas in the Scottish highlands with strong winds forecast to continue until Thursday afternoon. Marc Becker, spokesman for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, warned of a risk of flooding in some coastal areas and Traffic Scotland advised motorists to avoid travelling in many areas, describing conditions as "extremely dangerous".
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 1:30 pm
Beyond the border of interstellar space, the distant Voyager 1 spacecraft called back to Earth earlier this year with noises from its new environment. NASA announced in September that Voyager 1 had left the heliosphere in August 2012. The heliosphere is a sheath of magnetic influence that emanates from the sun and expands through a stream of charged particles called the solar wind. At the press conference, Don Gurnett, the principal investigator for Voyager 1's plasma wave science instrument, demonstrated a series of sounds the instrument had picked up. Instead, it senses waves of electrons in the ionized gas or 'plasma' that Voyager travels through," NASA stated in a statement.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 1:04 pm
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A new NASA-led study has discovered an intriguing link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier, the glacier in East Antarctica that discharges the most ice into the ocean. The discovery, involving cold, extra salty water — brine — that forms within openings in sea ice, adds to our understanding of how ice sheets interact with the ocean, and may improve our ability to forecast and prepare for future sea level rise.
Posted on 6 December 2013 | 7:36 pm
A PdD student has studied the incidence of cyanobacteria and the production of microcystins (toxic peptides) in three different drinking water systems in Mozambique and established methods for monitoring cyanotoxins in watercourses.
Posted on 6 December 2013 | 2:14 pm
Feeding wildlife is an increasingly common tourist activity, but a new study shows that already-imperilled iguanas are suffering further physiological problems as a result of being fed by tourists.
Posted on 6 December 2013 | 3:01 am
Scientists have combined cutting-edge experimental techniques and computer simulations to find a new way of predicting how water dissolves crystalline structures like those found in natural stone and cement.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 11:56 pm
A human ancestor characterized by “robust” jaw and skull bones was a muscular creature and more adaptive to its environment than previously thought, scientists have discovered. Researchers found a partial skeleton dated to 1.34 million years (Paranthropus boisei) in north Tanzania. The bones suggest the creature was more ruggedly built than previously thought.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 11:56 pm
For the first time, scientists have measured the frictional heat produced by the fault slip during an earthquake. Their results show that friction on the fault was remarkably low during the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in March 2011 and triggered a devastating tsunami.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 10:01 pm
Geoscientists estimate that the New Jersey shore will likely experience a sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet by 2050 and of about 3.5 feet by 2100 — 11 to 15 inches higher than the average for sea-level rise globally over the century.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 7:22 pm
Replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if trees are left standing in some regions, according to a study that for the first time puts a dollar value on snow’s ability to reflect the sun’s energy.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 7:16 pm
Sharks prefer to sneak up from behind: Caribbean reef sharks can tell if a human is facing toward them
“Never turn your back on a shark” is the message from a new article. Biologists contend that sharks can comprehend body orientation and therefore know whether humans are facing them or not. This ability helps sharks to approach and possibly attack their prey from the blind side — a technique they prefer.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 7:16 pm
Thermoelectric materials can convert waste heat directly into electricity. Scientists have developed hybrid thermoelectric materials which combine useful properties from different types of materials.
Posted on 5 December 2013 | 7:15 pm