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Nuclear fusion gets a boost as 31 countries sign reactor agreement

21 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

After years of debate, 31 countries have agreed to build the $12.8 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France. (Ah, "experimental reactor" -- was there ever a more comforting phrase?) Deemed "the victory of the general interest of humanity" by French President Jacques Chirac, the fusion plant -- backed ...

America's national feast has seen better days, but it's well worth preserving

21 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

Ye olde pilgrims and Native Americans would never have guessed that their strained attempt at friendship would evolve into a national day of pigging out, watching football, and getting on family members' nerves. But is all hope lost as Americans prepare for their annual day of thanks? Tom Philpott says ...

Federal agency threatens asbestos-warning writer with suspension

21 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

What if we said a federal agency was pressuring one of its own to weaken an environmental opinion? Crazy, right? But it's true. Again. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a warning this summer that brakes could contain asbestos, putting mechanics at risk for mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. ...

Gift ideas and holiday cheer from Grist readers and staff

21 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

If Thanksgiving is here, that can only mean one thing: time to start your holiday shopping! Yes, the post-feast frenzy is on its way. But if you don't want to elbow your way through the crowds, take a look at Grist's gift guide instead. We asked staff and readers for ...

Northeast, California move forward with marine reserves

21 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

It's time to call in the marine reserves (think fish, not guns). The Conservation Law Foundation and the Canadian branch of the World Wildlife Fund issued a report yesterday recommending that a network of ocean areas off the eastern coast of Canada and the U.S. be protected from fishing and ...


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