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Saving wildlife by killing it

In 2002 conservationists used helicopters to bomb Anacapa Island, off the coast of California, with the rodent-killing poison brodifacoum. They managed to wipe out their target—an invasive species of black rats that had been living on the island for more than a century—but they also knocked out a native population of deer mice and killed some rodent-eating raptors, like the peregrine falcon...

April 16, 2008 — David Biello

The big bang in musical form

I talked to string theorist Brian Greene earlier this afternoon about the upcoming World Science Festival, and he remarked about how many artists of all types, from painters to musicians to choreographers, have been inspired by scientific discoveries...

April 4, 2008 — George Musser

World Science Festival: science boosterism comes to New York

From May 28 to June 1, "the most exciting city in the world is going to become even more exciting," according to Alan Alda. That's the weekend staked out for the World Science Festival, a scattered constellation of panels, interviews, debates, workshops and cultural events in New York City...

April 2, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

Graphene Could Be the New Silicon

Recent investigations by physicists at the University of Maryland indicate that graphene—one-atom-thick sheets of carbon—could one day supplant silicon as the material of choice for important applications such as high-speed computer chips and biochemical sensors...

March 31, 2008 — Steven Ashley

The state of the planet is good

NASA Or at least not as bad as some might fear. That's the main message I took away from last week's State of the Planet conference (though it is also clear that the planet is in a perilous state when it comes to energy, food and global warming.) But judge for yourself...

March 31, 2008 — David Biello

Food versus fuel, or can we have both?

Brazil grows a lot of sugar cane, and much of it they now turn into ethanol fuel. They make enough that biofuels"”also including diesel from soy"”now provide 45 percent of the fuel that powers Brazilian automobiles...

March 31, 2008 — David Biello

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