In the news: October 26, 2006

EU calls for ban on mercury- The European Commission on Thursday asked EU nations to back a ban on exports of mercury from 2011 as part of efforts to cut down the global supply of the highly toxic chemical. The EU is the world's biggest exporter of mercury, which is gradually being phased out by industry.

Mobile calls put sperm on hold- Men who spent hours talking on their mobile phone had significantly lower sperm counts than usual, according to a new study. Study found that sperm count, viability, motility and shape declined as mobile phone usage increased.

Obesity wastes fuel, study shows- If people want to spend less at the pump, they should lose some weight. That's the implication of a new study that says Americans are burning nearly 3.8 billion more liters of gasoline each year than they did in 1960 because of their expanding waistlines. Simply put, more weight in the car means lower gas mileage.

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