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Spending green to go green: The Chevy Volt and MINI Cooper E

The era of the electric auto may finally have eased out of the driveway.

Hundreds of people in several states are test driving electric MINI Coopers And a preproduction version of the Chevy Volt hit the streets earlier this week, weeks ahead of schedule...

June 26, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Changing ocean chemistry might jam fish ears

Just when you thought you’d heard it all about the effects of greenhouse gases, researchers have found that higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could lead to changes in fish anatomy involved in navigation...

June 25, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Gene sleuths search for clues to tamoxifen resistance

For many women with breast cancer, tamoxifen, a drug that inhibits the hormone estrogen, can be a lifesaver.   The medicine has been used for decades to fight breast cancers that need estrogen to grow--about 75% of all breast cancers...

June 25, 2009 — Mandy Kendrick

Carnegie Mellon robot racers plot successor to Boss

Carnegie Mellon University's Tartan Racing team plans to roll out a leaner and meaner successor to its driverless Boss SUV by the end of the year.

The team's first Boss won DARPA's 2007 Urban Challenge, which pitted autonomous autos against one another in a race through simulated city traffic...

June 25, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

The $31-billion question: What's the weather?

Mark Twain once said he counted 136 kinds of weather in a single New England day. If he were around today, he’d probably be tuning in to his local TV station and going online for help with the task...

June 24, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

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