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Hurricane Ike flirts with Category 3 status as it nears Galveston, Texas

It's going to be a long night for the people of coastal Texas. As Hurricane Ike whips up the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on its way toward land, hurricane-force wind gusts have already been reported on Galveston Island, according to the National Hurricane Center.

September 12, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Moo: Country-of-Origin labels for U.S. foods

Get ready for even more fine print to squint at in stores: By the end of this month, foods will come with labels that tell you what country they hail from.

September 12, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider computers to prove they're vulnerable

As the first particles began circulating in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week, a group of hackers calling themselves the "Greek Security Team" penetrated computer systems inside CERN's Geneva, Switzerland, facility, where the world's biggest particle accelerator is housed, the Telegraph.co.uk reported today.

September 12, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Meteorologists to Texans: Get out of town before Hurricane Ike hits

A grim warning for some Texans today: They'll face "certain death" from approaching Hurricane Ike if they don't evacuate.

Ike is a Category 2 storm but could become a "major" Category 3 hurricane by the time it reaches the upper Texas coast by midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

September 12, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Ike nearing Texas, spurring evacuations

Nearly 1 million people are evacuating the southeast Texas Gulf coast, with Hurricane Ike forecast to make landfall by late tomorrow or early Saturday.

September 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite

World's "most powerful magnet" isn't quite--But is still impressive

Discovery News directs our attention to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, where researchers are working on the "world's most powerful magnet—one that won't blow up a split second after it's turned on."

The bit about not blowing up is key.

September 11, 2008 — JR Minkel

Sichuan earthquake puts stress on Chinese faults

Geologists have a disturbing message for residents slowly rebuilding their lives in China's devastated Sichuan province after May's Wenchuan earthquake: Brace for further rattling.

September 11, 2008 — David Biello

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