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Do our genes make us popular?

Always the last one picked for kickball? Never get invites to the hottest parties? Blame Mom and Dad. That's right, a new study says genes may influence whether or not you're popular.

January 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Apple's Mac turns 25

Hard to believe it's been 25 years since Apple's slick TV spot, which aired during the third quarter of an otherwise forgettable Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Raiders and the Washington Redskins, ushered in the era of the Macintosh...

January 23, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Obama names Besser acting CDC head

Pres. Obama late yesterday named bioterrorism and infectious disease expert Richard Besser interim director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

January 23, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

The science of the Oscars

The little gold men are on their way. And Hollywood has science to thank for many of this year's Oscar nominees.

Leading the pack with 13 nominations (including for Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role for star Brad Pitt), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , poses a curious question, indeed: Could humans reverse the aging process?...

January 22, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Skiway silence

Editor's note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the nineteenth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com's in-depth report on the "Future of the Poles." AGAP SOUTH CAMP, ANTARCTICA--The camp skiway is a three-mile long strip of ice sheet that has been polished by the Tucker snow cat and outlined by black flags...

January 22, 2009 — Robin Bell

Obama halts last-minute Bush regs

Pres. Barack Obama yesterday put all pending regulatory changes made in the waning months of the Bush administration on hold until he has a chance to review them.

January 21, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Was Galileo second fiddle--er, telescope--to Harriot?

The International Year of Astronomy (IYA), now under way, marks the 400th anniversary of the year that famed Italian astronomer Galileo began observing and documenting the heavens with increasingly powerful telescopes...

January 21, 2009 — John Matson

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