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China readies its first robotic Mars mission

The rapidly ascending Chinese space program is setting its sights on a new target: Mars.

China plans to send an orbiter to the Red Planet on a Russian launch vehicle later this year, according to the Xinhua News Agency...

June 8, 2009 — John Matson

Should we spend stimulus money keeping Florida cool?

With $5 billion in stimulus money going to weatherize homes, The New York Times is asking how much of that is pork.

Since the 1970s, the federal government has provided funding to help low-income residents keep heating bills down by plugging holes and beefing up insulation.  The winterizing program makes both economic and ecological sense, considering that heating an average house costs $1,188 per year and, nationwide, heating sends 358 million metric tons of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere...

June 8, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

9,000-year-old brew hitting the shelves this summer

This summer, how would you like to lean back in your lawn chair and toss back a brew made from what may be the world’s oldest recipe for beer? Called Chateau Jiahu, this blend of rice, honey and fruit was intoxicating Chinese villagers 9,000 years ago—long before grape wine had its start in Mesopotamia...

June 5, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Brian Greene wants to turn your children into scientists

The World Science Festival kicks off next week in New York City kicks with five days of panel discussions, science-inspired dance performance, and even a street festival.  But co-founder Brian Greene has also wanted to use the festival as a springboard to provide year-round educational opportunities for underprivileged kids...

June 4, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

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