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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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