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Third Quarter 2005


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September

International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference Adopts Resolutions on Nuclear Issues (9/30/05, IAEA)

Daily Report of Hurricane Impacts on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets (9/30/05, Energy Information Administration); also see Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita Evacuation and Production Shut-in Statistics Report (9/30/05, Minerals Management Service)

Malathion Risk Assessments Available for Comment (9/30/05, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Working to Improve Ability to Use Technology and Communication to Improve Health; First Grants to Establish Centers of Excellence Are Awarded (9/30/05, CDC)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces Record Safety Belt Usage in the U.S. (9/30/05, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Banking Agencies Announce Revised Plan for Implementation of Basel II Framework (9/30/05, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Latest Progress on the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (9/30/05, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Bats Identified as Likely Origin of SARS (9/30/05, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

Study by Oxford Metrica Demonstrates Mass Fatality Events Have Greater Impact on Company’s Share Value Than Corporate Crises (PDF Version) (9/29/05, Kenyon International Emergency Services); read full report Protecting Value in the Face of Mass Fatality Events (PDF version)

"Stroke-of-the-Pen" Risks Are a Potential Concern for Banks: FDIC Report Examines Implications of Policy Changes Outside of Bank Regulation (9/29/05, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

FEMA Authorizes Funds To Help California Fight Topanga Fire (9/29/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

National Fire News: Wildland Fire Update (9/29/05, National Interagency Fire Center)

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Strattera (Atomoxetine) for Attention Deficit Disorder (9/29/05, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Energy Department Names New Director at National Energy Technology Laboratory (9/29/05, U.S. Department of Energy)

U.S. EPA Preserves Program to Minimize Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides (9/29/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hurricane Response Activities Daily Report (9/29/05, U.S. EPA); also see hurricane response home page

Deflecting Asteroids Could Lead to More Versatile Spaceprobes (9/28/05, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)

Federal Gulf Coast Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (9/28/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issue Bioterrorism Act Food Facilities Registration Final Rule (9/28/05, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

NIAID and MedImmune Join Forces to Develop Potential Pandemic Influenza Vaccines (9/28/05, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

24 Sub-Saharan African Countries Face Food Emergencies - Some 30.5 Million People Will Need Food Assistance (9/28/05, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

BSE: Prospects for Lifting Current Restrictions on the Trade of Cattle and Beef from the UK (9/28/05, European Union)

Developing Nations Must Take Part in Addressing Ocean Issues, UN Conference Told (9/28/05, United Nations)

FAA Certificates First Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (9/28/05, Federal Aviation Administration)

Long-Term Smoking Is Associated with Up to 40 Percent Increased Risk of Breast Cancer (9/28/05, EurekAlert)

Daily Report of Hurricane Impacts on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets (9/28/05, Energy Information Administration); also see Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita Evacuation and Production Shut-in Statistics Report (9/28/05, Minerals Management Service)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Explains How New Housing Program Will Assist Displaced Families - Up to 18 Months of Rental Assistance Available (9/28/05, HUD); for background, see HUD Details New Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program; also see HUD Announces $45.5 Million to Help Families Across the U.S. Get Job Training and Employment - Funding Aimed at Helping Families Become Employable and Self-sufficient

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hurricane Response Activities Daily Report (9/28/05, U.S. EPA); also see hurricane response home page

University of North Carolina Computer, Marine Scientists Collaborate
to Predict Flow of Toxic Waters from Katrina
(9/28/05, UNC)

Federal Gulf Coast Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (9/27/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

All-Ages Lead Model (AALM) Version 1.05 (External Review Draft) Released for Public Comment (9/27/05, National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Deadly Dog Flu Jumped from Horses (9/27/05, New Scientist)

Volunteers Offer Long-Term Recovery Aid (9/27/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

New Index Provides Benchmark for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases (9/27/05, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Daily Report of Hurricane Impacts on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets (9/27/05, Energy Information Administration); also see Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita Evacuation and Production Shut-in Statistics Report (9/27/05, Minerals Management Service)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Hurricane Response Activities Daily Report (9/27/05, U.S. EPA); also see hurricane response home page

HUD Deputy Secretary Tells House Subcommittee: HUD Is Moving Quickly to Provide Homes and Hope to Hurricane Victims (9/27/05, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Federal Aviation Administration Response to Hurricane Rita (9/27/05, FAA)

National Science Foundation's Response to the Hurricanes (9/27/05, NSF)

UN Secretary-General Urges Global Emphasis on Disaster Planning to Mitigate Death and Destruction (9/27/05, United Nations); also see As Asians Build Post-tsunami Disaster Response, Annan Looks to Action

Avian Flu Spreads, Countries Prepare (9/27/05, National Academies)

From Energy to Medicine, UN Forum Discusses Innovative Uses of Nuclear Physics (9/27/05, United Nations); see full coverage of IAEA General Conference, 26-30 September 2004, with live web broadcast

Nuclear Trafficking Latest Statistics Released (9/27/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Climate Change: European Commission Proposes Strategy to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Air Travel (9/27/05, European Union)

Federal Trade Commission and Partners Urge Consumers to Be On Guard Online (9/27/05, FTC)

Better Regulation: European Commission Intends to Withdraw One Third of Screened Proposals (9/27/05, European Union); see memo for more details

New Climate Exhibit Debuts at National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesa Lab on October 1 (9/27/05, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

European Space Agency Selects Targets for Asteroid-deflecting Mission Don Quijote (9/26/05, ESA)

CO2 Storage May Minimize Climate Change - New Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report Confirms That CO2 Capturing and Storage Could Play a Major Role in Combating Climate Change, but Only If Key Constraints Are Addressed (9/26/05, United Nations Environment Programme); read report summary (PDF version)

United Nations Atomic Agency Hears Wide-Ranging Review of Nuclear Dangers and Benefits (9/26/05, United Nations); also see UN Secretary-General Urges Global Support for New Initiative on Nuclear Non-proliferation

Federal Gulf Coast Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (9/26/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

NOAA Performs Aerial Survey of Regions Affected by Hurricane Rita (9/26/05, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Gulf Coast Begins Damage Assessment (9/26/05, Disaster News Network)

U.S. President Discusses Hurricane Effects on Energy Supply (9/26/05, U.S. Department of Energy); also see White House news release

National Petrochemical and Refiners Association Supports the President's Call to Increase Refining Capacity (9/26/05, NPRA)

U.S. Department of Labor Extends Disaster Unemployment Assistance Eligibility for Jobless in Hurricane Rita-Affected Region (9/26/05, U.S. Department of Labor)

FEMA Distributes Almost $625 Million In Expedited Housing Assistance In First Two Days (9/26/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Global Strategy to Fight Bird Flu in Animals Faces Serious Funding Gap - Pledges Amount to $20 Million, but Over $100 Million Required (9/26/05, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

FDIC Chairman Says Action at Federal Level Needed to Preserve Healthy Dual Banking System (9/26/05, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Loss of Body Mass Linked to Development of Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds (9/26/05, National Institutes of Health)

U.S. Energy Department Awards $2.6 Million to Boost Combustion Efficiency in Industrial Boilers (9/26/05, U.S. Department of Energy)

Sitio Web de Superfund Está Disponible en Español (Superfund Web Site Now Available in Spanish) (9/26/05, Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

2005 Food Code Updates Food Safety Guidelines (9/26/05, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Federal Gulf Coast Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (9/25/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

U.S. Geological Survey Issues Alert of Landslide Dangers from Hurricane Rita (9/24/05, USGS)

Organic Diets Lower Children's Dietary Exposure to Common Agriculture Pesticides (9/23/05, Environmental Health Perspectives)

FEMA Finalizes Preparations for Hurricane Rita Landfall (9/23/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

U.S. EPA's Preparation for Hurricane Rita (9/23/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

FAA Response to Hurricane Rita (9/23/05, Federal Aviation Administration)

Getting Ready for Rita - HHS Secretary Declares Public Health Emergency for Texas and Louisiana (9/23/05, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Solar-Powered Charging Systems to Help Hurricane Recovery Efforts (9/23/05, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

HUD and DHS Secretaries Announce Comprehensive Transitional Housing Assistance Program for Katrina Evacuees (9/23/05, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

IAEA Board Moves to Strengthen Nuclear Safeguards System (9/23/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Supernova Explosion May Have Caused Mammoth Extinction (9/23/05, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

New Guidelines for Managing Children's Weight (9/23/05, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

A Probabilistic Exposure Assessment for Children Who Contact CCA-Treated Playsets (9/23/05, U.S. EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory)

Toxicological Review of Toluene [and IRIS Summary] (9/23/05, National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Workers at Nine Former Vermiculite Processing Plants
Were Exposed to Asbestos
(9/22/05, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

OSHA Fines BP Products North America More Than $21 Million Following Texas City Explosion - Company Agrees to Make Extensive Plant-Wide Improvements (9/22/05, Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Federal Emergency Management Agency Continues to Build Preparations for Hurricane Rita (9/22/05, FEMA)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Hurricane Update (9/22/05, NRC); also see NRC Dispatches Inspectors in Preparation for Hurricane Rita

Seeing into the Eye of Hurricane Rita (9/22/05, National Science Foundation)

Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita Evacuation and Production Shut-in Statistics Report (9/22/05, Minerals Management Service)

United States Government Response and Recovery to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (9/22/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Flood Walls in New Orleans Were "Structurally Flawed" (9/22/05, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Energy Releases Draft Strategic Plan for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Deployment of Advanced Technology (9/22/05, DOE); also see U.S. Climate Change Technology Program Strategic Plan Draft for Public Comment September 2005 and invitation to review the draft strategic plan

The World Health Organization Warns of the Rising Threat of Heart Disease and Stroke as Overweight and Obesity Rapidly Increase - WHO Urges Healthy Diet, Physical Activity, No Tobacco Use (9/22/05, WHO)

HUD Secretary Announces $139 Million to Protect Thousands of Children and Families from Dangerous Lead and Other Home Hazards - Funding Targeted to Programs to Make Low-income Housing Safer and Healthier (9/21/05, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Hurricanes--Keeping an Eye on Weather's Biggest Bullies (9/21/05, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Preparations Build for Hurricane Rita (9/21/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Rita and Beyond: Research Model Advances Hurricane Intensity Prediction (9/21/05, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research); track Hurricane Rita with NCAR's Advanced Research WRF model

European Food Safety Authority's Contribution to Food Safety: Identifying, Assessing, and Communicating Risks (9/21/05, EFSA)

European Food Safety Authority Defines the Risks of Avian Influenza for Poultry and Makes Recommendations to Prevent Its Introduction and Spread Amongst Flocks in Europe (9/20/05, EFSA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Announces New Initiative to Help High School Coaches Recognize and Manage Concussions (9/20/05, CDC)

Editor-in-Chief Sees New Journal Advancing Nano-Bio Field (9/20/05, Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Preparations for Hurricane Rita Shift into High Gear (9/20/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency); see links to all recent FEMA news releases

IAEA Director General Welcomes North Korea's Commitment on Nuclear Programme (9/19/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Ethical Considerations on Housing Research Involving Children (9/19/05, National Academies); read full report Ethical Considerations for Research on Housing-Related Health Hazards Involving Children

European Central Bank President Warns of Oil Price Impact in Future (9/16/05, European Parliament)

MMS Working to Restore Gulf of Mexico Energy Resources (9/16/05, Minerals Management Service)

Katrina Among Strongest Hurricanes Ever to Strike U.S.; Wetter, Much Warmer Than Average June-August for Nation (9/15/05, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Number of Category 4 and 5 Hurricanes Has Doubled Over the Past 35 Years (9/15/05, National Science Foundation)

Hurricanes Are Getting Stronger, Study Says (9/15/05, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

There's More to Roads than Safety: A Transport Policy with the Sole Aim to Cut Deaths to Zero - Where’s the Vision in That? (9/14/05, spiked)

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Warns World Cannot Afford Hunger - World Leaders Urged to Keep Hunger Reduction Commitments (9/14/05, FAO)

United States Government Response and Recovery to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - U.S. Department of Energy Approved Bids for Sale of 11 Million Barrels of Crude Oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve (9/14/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

U.S. EPA and Federal Partners Warn of Potential Environmental Health Hazards When Returning to Homes and Businesses After Hurricane Katrina (9/14/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Preparedness Is at a Premium as Hurricane Ophelia Approaches (9/14/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

U.S. EPA Releases Additional Flood Water Sampling Data (9/14/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Alabama Disaster Aid Soars to $41 Million; Nearly 48,000 Apply (9/14/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces Funds to Restore New Orleans Transportation Systems (9/14/05, U.S. Department of Transportation)

U.S. Labor Department Announces $12 Million in Training Grants To Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas - Funds Will Train Workers for Jobs in Repair and Recovery Efforts (9/14/05, U.S. Department of Labor)

Air Sampling Data Available On Line (9/14/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

RiskMeter Solves NY Premium Tax Code Reporting Dilemma for Insurers (9/14/05, CDS Business Mapping)

OSHA Teams Deployed to Aid Hurricane Katrina Recovery Workers - Agency Focused on Safety in Cleanup and Recovery Operations (9/13/05, Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration To Study Effects of Hurricane Katrina; Biologists Will Look at Marine Resources and Contaminants (9/13/05, NOAA)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Over $141 Million in Grants to Secure America's Ports (9/13/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security); also see United States Government Response and Recovery to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

New Emergency Immunization Plan Launched to Protect Horn of Africa as Polio Is Confirmed in Somalia (9/13/05, World Health Organization)

Lessons from Chicago: Over a Hundred Years Ago, the Entire City of Chicago Was Lifted Up Above the Waterline. Why Can't We Do the Same with New Orleans Today? (9/14/05, spiked)

Federal Government Prepares for Tropical Storm Ophelia, Homeland Security Calls Citizen Preparedness Crucial (9/12/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Scientists to Evaluate Social Effectiveness of Tsunami Warning Methods (9/12/05, National Science Foundation)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Designates Counties in California, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia as Agricultural Disaster Areas (9/12/05, USDA)

American Public University System's First Homeland Security, Emergency Response Colloquia Set for May 2006 (9/12/05, PR Newswire); also see call for papers

Highlights of United States Government Response and Recovery to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (9/12/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security); daily updates are available here

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Army Corps of Engineers Pooling Resources Through Memorandum of Understanding (9/12/05, ORNL)

U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science Sets Up Program to Aid Scientists Displaced by Hurricane Katrina (9/12/05, DOE)

Flood-Water Sampling Chemical Data Available (9/11/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

The Death Tolls That Don't Make Many Headlines (9/9/05, spiked)

First Flood-Water Sampling Data Available On Line (9/9/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Explaining EPA Science to Non-Technical Audiences (9/9/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) (An EPA risk management researcher describes the science underlying zero-valent iron technology--a proven cleanup treatment for groundwater contamination--to area residents concerned with public drinking water safety at a public meeting for the Memphis (Tennessee) Defense Depot site.)

Hurricane Katrina Triggers Fishery Failure and Fishery Resource Disaster Declaration in the Gulf of Mexico (9/9/05, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Release Flu Vaccine Priority List (9/9/05, National Academies)

Hurricane Katrina's Impact on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets (9/9/05, Energy Information Administration)

LifeLock Offers Hurricane Victims Free ID Theft Prevention (9/9/05, PR Newswire)

Updated: U.S. EPA and CDC Report High Levels of Bacterial Contamination in Preliminary Floodwater Samples from New Orleans (9/8/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); also see original release from 9/7

FEMA Engages CH2M HILL to Manage Alabama Temporary Housing for Hurricane Victims (9/8/05, PR Newswire)

U.S. EPA Proposes Strict Ethical Safeguards on Human Studies Research (9/7/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Department of Interior Describes Status of Offshore Oil and Gas Production Impacted by Hurricane Katrina (9/6/05, U.S. Department of Interior Minerals Management Service)

U.S. Energy Department Expands Gas Gouging Reporting System to Include 1-800 Number: 1-800-244-3301 (9/6/05, DOE)

European Commissioner for Science and Research Addresses Nuclear Energy for a New Europe 2005 International Conference in Slovenia (9/5/05, United Nations)

Chernobyl: The True Scale of the Accident - 20 Years Later a UN Report Provides Definitive Answers and Ways to Repair Lives (9/5/05, World Health Organization); also read Answers to Long-standing Questions

Task Force Recommends Against Routine Testing for Genetic Risk of Breast or Ovarian Cancer in the General Population (9/5/05, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

U.S. Accepts UN Offer to Rush Aid to Victims of Hurricane Katrina (9/4/05, United Nations)

Highlights of United States Government Response to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (9/4/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

National Emergency Stockpile System Supplies to be Sent to Assist with Hurricane Katrina Relief (9/4/05, Health Canada)

President Bush Directs Energy Secretary to Draw Down Strategic Petroleum Reserve (9/3/05, U.S. Department of Energy)

U.S. Secretary of Energy Welcomes International Response to Hurricane Katrina (9/2/05, U.S. Department of Energy); also see Department of Energy Response to Hurricane Katrina

Lawrence Livermore National Lab to Lend Expertise to Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts (9/2/05, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Guidance Available to Help Communities Reopen Former Hospitals to Care for Survivors of Hurricane Katrina (9/2/05, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Critical Commodities Continue Into Disaster Areas While Government Responds to Challenges of Most Catastrophic Disaster in U.S. History (9/2/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Update: United States Government Response to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (9/2/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

USDA Assist Survivors Affected by Hurricane Katrina (9/2/05, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

USGS Providing Humanitarian and Scientific Aid in Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (9/2/05, U.S. Geological Survey)

Misunderstandings May Cause Some to Miss Out on Disaster Aid (9/2/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency); see information on applying for Hurricane Dennis assistance by September 8 deadline 

NSF Funding Available for Katrina Research (9/2/05, Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center)

RMS Expects Economic Loss to Exceed $100 Billion from Hurricane Katrina and the Great New Orleans Flood - Initial Hurricane Storm Surge Leads to Second Flooding Catastrophe When Levees Are Breached in New Orleans (9/2/05, Risk Management Solutions)

Energy Risk - U.S. Refiners Suffer Long Term Damage from Katrina (9/2/05, RiskCenter.com, reprinted by Global Association of Risk Professionals)

Thinking of Victims of Hurricane Katrina? Here's How to Help (9/1/05, Federal Trade Commission)

Leadership and Comprehensive Plan Needed to Protect Against Importation of Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism Agents at U.S. Ports of Entry (9/1/05, National Academies); read full report Quarantine Stations at Ports of Entry Protecting the Public's Health

Foot-and-Mouth Disease Remains a Constant Threat to Europe - Early Warning and Control Need To Be Improved Outside EU (9/1/05, UN Food and Agriculture Organization)

NHTSA Announces Tire Safety Ratings (9/1/05, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

NCEA Scientists To Participate in the Society for Risk Analysis 2005 Annual Meeting (9/1/05, National Center for Environmental Assessment); see complete program schedule with abstracts and annual meeting information

August

Is Your Community at Risk? New Orleans Flooding Illustrates Levee Vulnerability (8/31/05, Public Entity Risk Institute)

United States Government Response to the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (8/31/05, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Delivering Medical Care to Help Evacuees and Victims (8/31/05, HHS)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves New Influenza Vaccine for Upcoming Flu Season (8/31/05, FDA)

Wild Birds Expected to Spread Bird Flu Virus Further - Countries Along Migratory Routes of Wild Birds Should Be On Alert - Emergency Preparedness Essential (8/31/05, UN Food and Agriculture Organization)

Mobile Phone Use and Risk of Cancer (8/30/05, British Journal of Cancer)

U.S. EPA Appoints Director for National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Cincinnati (8/30/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Risk Management Research Laboratory)

U.S. EPA Names Director of National Laboratory in North Carolina (8/30/05,  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Exposure Research Laboratory)

Hurricane Floods May Boost West Nile Virus (8/30/05, New Scientist)

USDA, FDA Investigation Results of Texas Cow That Tested Positive for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) (8/30/05, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

First Responders Urged Not To Respond to Hurricane Impact Areas Unless Dispatched by State, Local Authorities (8/29/05, Federal Emergency Management Agency); also read Assistance Continues To Areas Impacted By Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina Roars into Louisiana (8/29/05, New Scientist)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Offers Valuable Food Safety Information for Hurricane Katrina Aftermath (8/29/05, FDA)

After One of Worst Months in Aviation History, United Nations Rrges Tighter Safety Systems (8/29/05, UN)

UN Health Agency Reports Massive Polio Vaccination Campaign in Indonesia (8/29/05, United Nations)

New Obesity-Fighting, Heart-Healthy Product Announced Today (8/29/05, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

Medicare Drug Plans Offer Premiums of $20 Per Month or Less Lower Deductibles, Enhanced Coverage Also Available (8/29/05, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Monitoring Approach of Hurricane Katrina; Waterford Shuts Down (8/28/05, NRC)

Earthquake Engineers' Know-how Can Improve Disaster Reduction Plans – Annan (8/27/05, United Nations)

Earth's Core Rotates Faster Than Its Crust, Scientists Say - Proof Ends Longstanding Debate (8/26/05, National Science Foundation)

WHO Declares TB an Emergency in Africa - Call for "Urgent and Extraordinary Actions" to Halt Worsening Epidemic (8/26/05, World Health Organization)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Extends Comment Period for Lead in Construction Standard (8/26/05, OSHA)

Final Report Released for the 2005 Peer Consultation Workshop on Research Needs Related to the IRIS Draft Toxicological Review of Naphthalene (8/26/05, National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Three Defendants Indicted, Fourth Pleas Guilty in Takedown of Major International Spam Operation - First Indictments, Conviction Related to Obscene Bulk, Unsolicited E-Mails (8/25/05, U.S. Department of Justice)

Bird Flu Knocks on Europe's Door (8/25/05, New Scientist)

Avian Influenza: European Commission Asks Member States to Step Up Surveillance (8/25/05, European Union); also see Conclusions of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health Working Group Meeting on Avian Influenza, Timeline of Actions by the European Commission on Avian Influenza and Human Flu Pandemic Preparedness, and Questions and Answers on EU Action on Avian Influenza and Flu Pandemic Preparedness

Federal Aviation Administration Announces Decision on Child Safety Seats (8/25/05, FAA)

National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Expresses Disappointment at FAA Child Safety Seat Announcement (8/25/05, NTSB)

NASA/NOAA Announce Major Weather Forecasting Advancement (8/24/05, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Sandia Researchers To Study Techniques for Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water (8/24/05, Sandia National Laboratories)

Teens’ Driving Riskier with Male Teen Passenger - Teen Boy’s Driving Safer with Female Teen Passenger (8/24/05, National Institutes of Health)

New Report on Soy Finds Limited Evidence for Health Outcomes (8/24/05, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Climate Model Links Warmer Temperatures to Permian Extinction (8/24/05, National Science Foundation)

Argonne Expert Addresses Energy, Environmental Impacts of Fuel Ethanol (8/23/05, Argonne National Laboratory)

ProMutual Group Expands Successful Patient Safety Program - Shoulder Dystocia Training Course Offered to ProMutual-Insured Physicians Throughout Northeast (PDF version) (8/23/05, ProMutual Group)

Gambling Monkeys Give Insight into Neural Machinery of Risk (8/22/05, Duke University Medical Center)

Merck Ordered to Pay Millions in Vioxx Case (8/22/05, New Scientist)

Database Studies May Not Accurately Estimate Risk of MI (Myocardial Infarction) in Naproxen, Ibuprofen Users - Epidemiological Survey Study Links Heart Protection with Non-aspirin, Non-steroidal Drugs (8/22/05, EurekAlert)

Building Stronger Health Systems Key to Reaching the Health Millennium Development Goals (8/22/05, World Health Organization)

Indonesian Polio Epidemic Poses "Real Risk" to Asia (8/22/05, New Scientist)

Early Clinical Signs of Ovarian Cancer (8/22/05, EurekAlert)

NHTSA Proposes New Roof Crush Standard (8/19/05, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

New Report Shows Progress Reducing Air Pollution in Eastern United States (8/18/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Fresh Ideas from the World's Top Young Nuclear Professionals - World Nuclear University 1st Summer Institute, Idaho Falls, U.S. (8/17/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Carnegie Mellon Study: Emotions Continue to Influence Americans' Reaction to 9/11 and the Risk of Terrorism - The Passage of Time Can Distort How People Remember Their Feelings After the Attacks (8/16/05, Carnegie Mellon University)

Risks to Nuclear Reactors Scrutinized in Tsunami´s Wake - International Workshop on Hazards of External Flooding To Convene in India (8/16/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Finds No Significant Environmental Impacts from Extended Operation of Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2 (8/16/05, NRC)

Americans Can Help Each Other Learn About the New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (8/15/05, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

National Science Foundation Awards $36 Million Toward Securing Cyberspace - Cyber Trust Continues to Support Research for Trustworthy Computing Systems (8/15/05, NSF)

Veterinary Advisory: Canine Influenza Virus (Canine Flu) (8/12/05, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine)

Ethylene Oxide Risk Assessment Available for Comment (8/12/05, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Data Sought for 26 Drinking Water Contaminants (8/12/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Announces Strengthened Risk Management Program to Enhance Safe Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane) for Treating Severe Acne (8/12/05, FDA)

New Bangkok Charter for Health Promotion Adopted to Address Rapidly Changing Global Health Issues, Concludes 6th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Thailand, 7-11 August (8/11/05, World Health Organization)

Global Scientific Research Project Launched to Improve Understanding of the Human Brain (8/11/05, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Berkeley Lab Scientist Sees Risk to Insurance Industry From Climate Change (8/11/05, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

New Observations and Climate Model Data Confirm Recent Warming of Tropical Atmosphere (8/11/05, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

National Science Foundation Announces Three New Chemical Bonding Centers - Thinking Outside the Box, Teams Will Tackle "Big" Problems in Chemistry (8/11/05, NSF)

Methamphetamine Abuse, HIV Infection Cause Changes in Brain Structure (8/11/05, National Institutes of Health)

Risk Assessment Finds Gas Distribution Standards Protect Public Health (8/10/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

New Tests to Detect Previously Undetectable Bacteria (8/10/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Proposed Yucca Mountain Standards to Protect Public Health For a Million Years (8/9/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Issues New Data on the Uninsured (8/9/05, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

ICU Patients at Significant Risk for Adverse Events and Serious Errors (8/8/05, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

TERA To Convene Peer Consultation on the Scientific Rationale for Approaches to Derive Database and Toxicodynamic Uncertainty Factors to Protect Children’s Health (8/8/05, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment)

World Health Organization Appeals for US$ 1.3 Million to Help Meet Niger's Health Needs (8/8/05, World Health Organization)

Iran Starts Feeding Uranium Ore Concentrate at Uranium Conversion Facility (8/8/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

GMOs: European Commission Authorises the Import of GM Maize MON 863 for Use in Animal Feed (8/8/05, European Union)

Tsunami Early Warning System on Track (8/8/05, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Energy Releases Vision & Framework for the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program (8/5/05, U.S. Department of Energy)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Final Rule Revoking Certain Tolerances for Six Pesticides (8/5/05, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

Your Tap Water: Will That Be Leaded or Unleaded? - Lead May Pose Greater Leaching Risk Than Standard Tests Show (8/4/05, National Science Foundation)

Maintaining the Safety of Earthen Dams (8/4/05, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

The Philippines Lifts Ban on U.S. Beef and Beef Products (8/4/05, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

New E-mail UV Alert System Joins Fight Against Skin Cancer (8/4/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

New Cost Tool Helps Fleet Managers Evaluate Hybrid Vehicles (8/3/05, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

First Drill Hole into San Andreas Fault Will Aid Earthquake Studies (8/3/05, National Science Foundation)

Researchers Model Avian Flu Outbreak, Impact of Interventions (8/3/05, National Institutes of Health)

Airborne Pollutants Increase Risk of Fatal Coronary Heart Disease in Women (8/2/05, Environmental Health Perspectives)

Annan Urges Iran Not to Resume Nuclear Activities Before Receiving European Plan (8/2/05, United Nations)

"Clean" Vehicle Research Initiative on Track, But Many Challenges Ahead (8/2/05, National Academies); see full report Review of the Research Program of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership: First Report

U.S. Geological Survey Report Shows How We Use Ground Water from Principal Aquifers (8/1/05, USGS)

Fossil Fuels May Decrease Earth's Natural Capacity to Store Carbon - Result Could Be an Even Faster Acceleration of Climate Warming (8/1/05, National Science Foundation)

"Pig Disease" May Be Spreading Between Humans (8/1/05, New Scientist); also read Mysterious Disease Outbreak in China Baffles World Health Organization (7/27/05, New Scientist)

Discarded Equipment Containing Mercury Now Managed as Universal Waste (8/1/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); for more information see Discarded Mercury-Containing Equipment Rule

Mumbai Monsoon’s Record Deluge Kills 1000 (8/1/05, New Scientist)

Cosmic Rays May Prevent Long-haul Space Travel (8/1/05, New Scientist)

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Record Low Highway Fatality Rate in 2004 (8/1/05, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

July 2005

Hurricanes Growing More Fierce Over Past 30 Years (7/31/05, National Science Foundation)

U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, The Holmes Group Expands Recall of Rival® Slow Cookers (7/29/05, CPSC)

New Software Can Help People Make Better Decisions in Time-Stressed Situations (7/29/05, Penn State University)

Planting Trees May Create Deserts (7/29/05, New Scientist)

Emerging Asia Drives World Energy Use in the International Energy Outlook 2005 (7/29/05, Energy Information Administration)

Proposal to Revoke Cyhexatin Tolerances (7/29/05, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

U.S. EPA Releases for Comment Approaches for the Application of Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Models and Supporting Data in Risk Assessment (External Review Draft 2005) (7/29/05, U.S. EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Earth Life Could Invade Mars on Contaminated Craft (7/28/05, New Scientist); also see New Measures Needed to Keep NASA Spacecraft From Contaminating Mars (7/28/05, National Academies)

Mysterious Disease Outbreak in China Baffles World Health Organization (7/27/05, New Scientist); also see "Pig Disease" May Be Spreading Between Humans (8/1/05, New Scientist)

Focus On Nanotechnology: Web Newsletter Reports New NIOSH Research Developments (7/25/05, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)

Unique Software for Preventing Pesticide Drift (7/25/05, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

New Measures Needed to Keep NASA Spacecraft from Contaminating Mars (7/25/05, National Academies); read full report Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars

New Study Reports the Risk Perceptions of Natural vs "Medicalized" Childbirth (7/25/05, EurekAlert)

Possible Exposure to Nerve Agents and Brain Cancer Deaths in Gulf War Veterans (7/25/05, EurekAlert)

Simazine Risk Assessments Available for Public Comment (7/22/05, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

FDA Announces Guidant’s Class I Pacemaker Recall (7/22/05, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

FDIC Issues Guidance to Banks on Risks of "Spyware" (7/22/05, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

OECD Countries Agree on Steps to Reduce Earthquake Risks for Schoolchildren (7/21/05, Office for Economic Cooperation and Development)

CDC Releases Extensive Survey of Americans’ Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (7/21/05, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Sandia Completes Depleted Uranium Study (7/21/05, Sandia National Laboratories)

New Bioreactor Could Pave Way for Chemical Feed Stocks from Biomass (7/21/05, Argonne National Laboratory)

Yale Journal Analyzes Environmental Impact of Consumption (7/20/05, Yale University)

Comments Sought on Pesticide Review Process (7/20/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Flood Protection: Commission Consults Public on EU Action Programme (7/20/05, European Union)

Injuries Higher Among Obese People, Study Finds (7/20/05, Ohio State University)

U.S. EPA Proposes Amendments, Seeks Additional Comments on Air Toxics Rule (7/19/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Recent Use of Antibiotics Doubles Your Chances of Being Resistant (7/19/05, University of Bristol)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Issues New Clinician’s Guide for Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much (7/19/05, National Institutes of Health)

Communication on Explosives, Detonators, Bomb-making Equipment and Firearms (7/19/05, European Union)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Needs System to Monitor Safety of Medical Devices on the Market (7/18/05, National Academies); read full report Safe Medical Devices for Children

Guidant Initiates Worldwide Physician Communications Regarding Important Safety Information and Corrective Action About Certain Pacemakers (7/18/05, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Reports Call for High-Level Coordination of Animal Health and More Research-Oriented Veterinarians (7/18/05, National Academies); read full reports Animal Health at the Crossroads: Preventing, Detecting, and Diagnosing Animal Diseases (or PDF version of report in brief) and Critical Needs for Research in Veterinary Science (or PDF version of report in brief)

European Food Safety Authority Consults Widely on Risk Assessment of GM Microorganisms (7/18/05, EFSA)

Cornell University Researchers Announce New Technique for Rapidly Detecting Illness-causing Bacteria in Food (7/18/05, Cornell University)

Niger Struggles with Worsening Food Situation (7/18/05, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Faulty Gene Linked to Obesity and Diabetes (7/18/05, New Scientist)

Front and Side Crash Test Results: 2 Good Performers; Automakers Are Acting Quickly to Improve Side Impact Protection (7/17/05, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

European Food Safety Authority Launches Public Consultation on Post-market Environmental Monitoring of GM Plants (7/15/05, EFSA)

European Food Safety Authority Assesses Safety of GM Maize Hybrids: No Adverse Effects Expected on Human and Animal Health and on the Environment (7/15/05, EFSA)

G8 Leaders Endorse International Atomic Energy Agency's Work for Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards - Summit Backs Additional Protocol as "Essential New Standard" (7/15/05, IAEA)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Schedules Regulatory Conference to Discuss Crystal River Nuclear Plant Concern (7/15/05, NRC)

U.S. EPA To Review Air Quality Criteria Document for Lead (see July 15 Notice of Workshop) (7/15/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); see Federal Register notice

European Commission Outlines Next Steps on BSE (7/15/05, European Union)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Announces Next Steps for Importing Canadian Cattle (7/15/05, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

New Study Demonstrates Simple Handwashing with Soap Can Save Children’s Lives - Handwashing with Soap Halved Incidence of Pneumonia, Leading Cause of Death in Children under Five Globally (7/14/05, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

U.S. EPA's Decisions About Human Health Risks at Coeur d'Alene Superfund Site Largely Sound, But Plan for Cleaning Up Environment Has Weaknesses (7/14/05, National Academies); read full report Superfund and Mining Megasites: Lessons from the Coeur d'Alene River Basin

Despite Conflicting Studies about Obesity, Most Americans Think the Problem Remains Serious, Do Not Believe Scientific Experts Are Overestimating the Health Risks (7/14/05, Harvard School of Public Health)

New Research Data on the Sweetener Aspartame To Be Considered by European Food Safety Authority's Scientific Experts (7/14/05, EFSA)

RMS Releases First Suite of Global Accumulation Management and Terrorism Risk Analysis Tools - Insurers and Reinsurers Can Now Capture and Analyze Exposures for 228 Countries Worldwide (7/13/05, Risk Management Solutions)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Expedited Procedures for Permitting Higher Dose Limits for Patient Caregivers (7/13/05, NRC)

Moscow Conference on Multilateral Approaches for Nuclear Fuel Cycle (7/13/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

Biotechnology in Forestry Gaining Ground - U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization Calls for Systematic Assessment of Genetically Modified Trees (7/13/05, FAO)

U.S. EPA Assesses Risks of Soil Fumigants (7/13/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

A Periodic Look at Old Pesticides: U.S. EPA's Proposed Procedural Regulations for Pesticide Registration Review Available for Comment Until October 11, 2005 (7/13/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); see how to comment

ATSDR Releases Cancer Data Review for Omaha Lead Site, Finds East Omaha Residents Have Modest Increased Rates of Lung, Kidney, Stomach Cancer Compared with Douglas County, Nebraska (7/13/05, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)

Number of Working Poor Families Growing in America (7/13/05, Penn State University)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Asks Purdue Pharma to Withdraw Palladone for Safety Reasons (7/13/05, FDA)

First Evidence of Effects of Cell Phone Use on Injury Crashes: Crash Risk Is Four Times Higher When Driver Is Using a Hand-held Cell Phone (7/12/05, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety); also see articles Banning Cell Phone Use Doesn't Reduce Vehicle Accidents (10/29/04, Los Alamos National Laboratory) and Cell Phones and Driving (June 2005, Insurance Information Institute)

U.S. Senators Feinstein and Cornyn Offer Amendment to Ensure That Homeland Security Funding Is Based on Risk (7/12/05, U.S. Senate)

U.S. EPA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Settlement Agreement Regarding Endangered Species (7/12/05, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

"Natural Capital" Investment or Higher Costs and Lower Profits - New Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report Urges Corporations to Face Environmental Challenges and Maximize Green Opportunities (7/12/05, United Nations Environment Programme)

UN Commission Adopts Safety Guidelines for Vitamin and Food Supplements (7/11/05, United Nations); also see Codex Adopts More Than 20 Food Standards - Sets New Guidelines on Vitamin Supplements; Creates Antimicrobial Resistance Taskforce (7/11/05, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

New European Union Rules To Sanction Maritime Polluters (7/11/05, European Union); also see questions and answers on the new legislation on ship source pollution

OECD Governments To Launch Drive for Better Financial Education Among Citizens (7/11/05, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Seeks Topic Suggestions for Next Year's Regulatory Information Conference (7/11/05, NRC)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, European Agency Launch Joint Web Site as Global Portal (7/11/05, NIOSH)

States Agree on Stronger Physical Protection of Nuclear Material Regime (7/8/05, International Atomic Energy Agency)

G8 Fails to Agree on Climate Change (7/8/05, EUobserver)

ATSDR Report Finds No Public Exposure to Contaminated
Groundwater from the Oak Ridge Reservation
(7/8/05, Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry)

A New Discovery Helps Us to Understand the Complex Nature of Earthquakes (7/8/05, EurekAlert)

An Evaluation of the Human Carcinogenic Potential of Ethylene Glycol Butyl Ether Published (7/8/05, National Center for Environmental Assessment)

Many Killed in Terrorist Blasts in London (7/7/05, New Scientist)

There's Nothing "Foul" About This Poultry Waste (7/7/05, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

Britax Child Safety Seat, Inc. To Conduct a Safety Recall
For "Super Elite" Child Restraints
(7/7/05, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Graco Children’s Products Inc. Announce Recall of Duo Tandem and Certain MetroLite™ Strollers (7/7/05, CPSC)

Gender Influences Decisions About Trust (7/7/05, National Science Foundation)

Wiring the Brain at the Nanoscale - Nanowires in Blood Vessels May Help Monitor, Stimulate Neurons in the Brain (7/7/05, National Science Foundation)

International Conference Draws Up Strategy to Fight Avian Influenza - Funds Needed to Stave Off Risk of Influenza Pandemic (7/6/05, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

Adult Weight Is Prime Risk Factor for Diabetes (7/6/05, New Scientist)

Bird Flu May Soon Land in Europe and Australia (7/6/05, New Scientist)

Cornell Ecologist's Study Finds That Producing Ethanol and Biodiesel from Corn and Other Crops Is Not Worth the Energy (7/5/05, Cornell University)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Reports No Tornado Fatalities Since March, A Record (7/5/05, NOAA)

OECD Countries Warn of Continuing Shortfalls in Insurance Coverage Against Terrorism (7/5/05, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Women’s Health Study Finds Vitamin E Does Not Protect Women from Heart Attack, Stroke, or Cancer (7/5/05, National Institutes of Health)

Public Forum on Breast Implants To Be Held in September (7/5/05, Health Canada)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Proposes Legislative Changes to Cotton and Export Credit Programs to Comply with WTO Findings (7/5/05, USDA)

Federal Trade Commission Releases Report on "Gasoline Price Changes: the Dynamic of Supply, Demand, and Competition" (7/5/05, FTC)

Permanent Ban of Phthalates: European Commission Hails Long-term Safety for Children’s Toys (7/5/05, European Union); also see MEPs Back Decontaminated Barbie (7/5/05, EUobserver)

States Meet to Strengthen Protection of Nuclear Material (7/4/05, International Atomic Energy Agency); also see UN-backed Conference Seeks to Close Loopholes Against Nuclear Terrorism (7/5/05, United Nations)

Change in Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE) Management (7/1/05, University of Southern California)

USGS Report Updates Asbestos Localities in Eastern U.S. (7/1/05, U.S. Geological Survey)

Final EPA Staff Paper Recommends Stronger Particle Pollution Standards (7/1/05, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Nationwide Alert for "Liqiang 4 " Due to Potential Health Risk (7/1/05, FDA)

FDA Reviews Data for Antidepressant Use in Adults (7/1/05, FDA)

Radiation Exposure During Virtual Colonoscopy Doesn’t Significantly Raise Cancer Risks (7/1/05, American Gastroenterological Association)


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