Science

The Electricity in Your Garbage

Aug 3, 2009
With biomass pioneers advancing their technology, the smelly stuff that you throw away today may be providing electricity for your home tomorrow.Almost like magic, biomass developers are tapping more and more kinds of waste to produce clean, renewable energy.
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The Molecular Full Monty

Oct 23, 2008
A cohort of entrepreneurs and scientists is the cutting edge of the Personal Genome Project. In an act of altruism and/or exhibitionism, the PGP-10 have put their medical records, traits and genetic codes on the Web where all the scientists, paparazzo and peeping Toms can see them.

Microbiologist’s Suicide Demands a Full Probe of ’01 Anthrax Attacks

Aug 1, 2008
Today's shocking revelation about the apparent suicide of an Army microbiologist, a lead suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, has intensified the need for a thorough investigation into the only significant bioterrorism attack on U.S. soil, said Alan Pearson, director of the biological and chemical weapons control program at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

50 New ‘Manhattan Projects’

Jun 18, 2008
Despite its catastrophic outcome, the Manhattan Project can provide a useful model of how we might now mobilize science to address the major global dangers we now face -- but overcoming these threats will require innovative research and international cooperation among scientists focused on the common good.

Taking Math to the Talking Myth

Jul 19, 2007
As old stereotypes about the differences between men and women continue to resurface in the form of the latest book releases (see: "Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps" or "Men Are Clams, Women are Crowbars"), scientific evidence continues to refute them. What does the evidence show? What any chatty man or any woman of few words can tell you: The sexes are not so extremely opposite as we're made to believe.

How Flying Saucers Could Save the World

Mar 19, 2007
It may sound like science fiction, but researchers are working on a number of bizarre emergency plans to fight global warming, including a mock volcano that spews reflective dust and a solar shade made up of a trillion flying saucers. Scientists have been hesitant to discuss such "geoengineering" schemes, but they may be our only hope if humans fail to curb emissions or the crisis turns out to be worse than predicted.