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Obama won't Bush-whack climate change

Obama won't Bush-whack climate change

You may recall that President George W. Bush pledged to do something about climate change when campaigning for the presidency back in 2000—but reneged on that promise once in office.

November 19, 2008 — David Biello
New space litter: Astronaut loses tool bag

New space litter: Astronaut loses tool bag

Bye-bye, grease gun.

An astronaut cleaning a solar rotary joint on the International Space Station lost her 30-pound tool bag yesterday, sending two grease guns, a scraper, a garbage bag and wipes into the cosmos, NASA reports.

November 19, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Antarctic balloon on the trail of dark matter?

Antarctic balloon on the trail of dark matter?

New results from an instrument that detects energetic particles in the upper altitudes above Antarctica show an excess of cosmic-ray electrons that may be a signal of dark matter, researchers say.

November 19, 2008 — John Matson
Tobacco settlement money squandered by states, advocates charge

Tobacco settlement money squandered by states, advocates charge

Alaska is making the best use of cigarette taxes and Big Tobacco settlement money distributed to states in the decade after authorities negotiated a deal with the companies over smoking-related health costs incurred by the states, according to a new report released today by a coalition of advocacy groups.

November 18, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Antimatter machine: Are you ready, 007?

Antimatter machine: Are you ready, 007?

It sounds like something a villain might construct in a James Bond film: a laser, trained on a thin gold target, that churns out antimatter to annihilate ordinary matter.

November 18, 2008 — John Matson
Getting to Antarctica--Or not

Getting to Antarctica--Or not

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 first of her updates on the effort as part of Scientific American.com 's In-depth Report on "The Future of the Poles." CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (11/16/08)--Things have improved since the days of ship and dog sleds, but it still is not easy to get to the center of Antarctica.

November 18, 2008 — Robin Bell
Gulf War syndrome is the real deal, science panel says

Gulf War syndrome is the real deal, science panel says

Complaints of memory and concentration problems, headaches, pain and fatigue among Gulf War vets have often fallen on deaf ears – until now. A Department of Veterans Affairs advisory panel has concluded that Gulf War syndrome is a real illness affecting at least 174,000 soldiers, a quarter of those who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf conflict.

November 18, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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