Man, climate combine to erode Cancun's beaches

(AP) -- Cancun's eroding white sand beaches are providing a note of urgency to the climate talks being held just south of this seaside resort famed for its postcard-perfect vistas.

US cuts access to files after leak embarrassment

(AP) -- The State Department severed its computer files from the government's classified network, officials said Tuesday, as U.S. and world leaders tried to clean up from the embarrassing leak that spilled America's sensitive ...

Charging for plastic bags cut bag consumption by half in China

Use of plastic bags is a growing global environmental problem. As a result, the bags are becoming subject to various regulations in an increasing number of countries, with mixed results. An environmental-economic evaluation ...

Gene transfer from transgenic crops: A more realistic picture

A new data-driven statistical model that incorporates the surrounding landscape in unprecedented detail describes the transfer of an inserted bacterial gene via pollen and seed dispersal in cotton plants more accurately than ...

Facebook co-founder's new venture to promote causes

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who left the social network to work on the online arm of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, launched a new venture on Tuesday to promote charitable causes.

Microsoft scrambling to keep up with Kinect demand

Microsoft said Tuesday that it sold more than 2.5 million Kinect for Xbox 360 devices worldwide in the 25 days after that the gesture-sensing videogame controllers hit the market.

Predatory bugs can save cornfields

One of the worst pests of corn in the world, the corn rootworm, may owe its worldwide success partly to its larvae's nasty, sticky blood.

Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer goes on trial in NYC

(AP) -- A Goldman Sachs programmer stole secret computer code that enables high-speed trading on his last day with the company so he could help develop the same kind of system at a startup financial company, a prosecutor ...

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