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Angry lawmakers push Geithner to toughen up on China

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday said it was “past time” for China to lift barriers to US exports, as he faced angry lawmakers’ demands for sanctions against Beijing. Geithner abandoned his previously restrained approach to bluntly warn China it must let the yuan rise in value against the…

Scientists make artificial skin that can sense touch

Biotech wizards have engineered electronic skin that can sense touch, in a major step towards next-generation robotics and prosthetic limbs. The lab-tested material responds to almost the same pressures as human skin and with the same speed, they reported in the British journal Nature Materials. Important hurdles remain but the…

Craigslist ends adult services ads after police pressure

WASHINGTON — Online classifieds website Craigslist has blocked US access to its “adult services” listings, replacing the section tab with a “censored” label after criticism it was facilitating prostitution. On Saturday, Craigslist sites for US cities all featured a black and white label reading “censored” where the adult services link…

US to step up pressure on Al-Qaeda in Yemen: official

The United States is increasingly concerned about the threat posed by Al-Qaeda’s network in Yemen and is moving to pile pressure on the militants, a US counter-terrorism official said on Wednesday. While Al-Qaeda’s leadership based in Pakistan had suffered serious setbacks, its affiliates in Yemen had regrouped and emerged as…

Scientists say up to 79% of oil remains in Gulf

Permanent seal of well delayed amid new reports that 79% of the oil remains the Gulf A group of scientists have found that up to 79% of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico may still remain, contradicting earlier findings by a U.S. government study that found nearly 75% of…

Decision expected on plug for BP’s broken oil well

Analysis of tests on BP’s broken Gulf oil well will show if leak is sealed for good Officials could know by early Friday if BP’s broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been sealed for good. BP PLC said Friday that tests on the well were being analyzed…

BP ‘plugs’ Gulf of Mexico oil well

A procedure to permanently plug a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has achieved the “desired outcome,” BP said Wednesday. “The well pressure is now being controlled by the hydrostatic pressure of the drilling mud, the desired outcome of the static kill procedure,” the company said in a…

Feds: BP’s cap stays on, new leaks insignificant

Oil from BP’s blown out well is again seeping into the Gulf of Mexico, but this time, more slowly and scientists aren’t convinced the cap that stopped the flow last week is making things worse. The government said Monday that oil was seeping into the Gulf after days of warning…

BP insists it has found no new leaks, despite strange well pressure readings

Engineers probed BP’s ruptured Gulf oil well for leaks on Saturday but said a giant cap placed on it two days ago appears to be holding despite puzzling pressure readings. BP insisted after the first 24 hours of tests that the cap was holding after being shut on Thursday and…

Gulf oil to keep flowing while cap is analyzed

he plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed. No explanation was given for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin…

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