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9/11: Can the lingering medical and emotional effects be measured?

9/11: Can the lingering medical and emotional effects be measured?

The long-term effects of the 9/11 attacks aren’t merely existential. Whether the collapse of the Twin Towers and exposure to the stew of dust and chemicals caused disease, and the emotional toll it took on witnesses, are scientific questions, too.

September 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Palin brings creationism debate back into the headlines

Palin brings creationism debate back into the headlines

The addition of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the GOP presidential ticket has brought the creationism-evolution fight back into the news cycle, as voters learn more about her agnostic take on the subject: "Teach both," Palin has said.

September 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite
The Volt: Chevy's worst kept secret

The Volt: Chevy's worst kept secret

Can you keep a secret? Apparently, the folks at General Motors can't either. Wieck Media, a clearinghouse for automakers' pictures, Wednesday posted photos of the production 2011 Chevrolet Volt on a media information Web site for just 12 minutes before taking them down, long enough for TheCarConnection.com to grab them and keep them live for the rest of the world to see.

September 10, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
Hurricane Ike still kicking up a storm

Hurricane Ike still kicking up a storm

Floridians may have escaped the brunt of Hurricane Ike, but the storm is making a bee-line for the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in Texas by late Friday or early Saturday, forecasters say.

September 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite
How long would it take the LHC to defrost a pizza?

How long would it take the LHC to defrost a pizza?

Forget black holes. Here's the real question about the Large Hadron Collider: How fast could it defrost a pizza?

The forward thinking editors at Scientific American was all over this question in the June 2007 issue.

September 10, 2008 — JR Minkel
Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is live--And so are we

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is live--And so are we

The particle-smashing Large Hadron Collider(LHC) is up and running, and we're still here.

"We've got a beam on the LHC," project leader Lyn Evans told his colleagues to applause after the machine finished coaxing a beam of protons around the 17-mile (27-kilometer) tunnel at 10:28 a.m.

September 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite
New U.S. storage depot for the highly enriched uranium in nuclear weapons

New U.S. storage depot for the highly enriched uranium in nuclear weapons

The "ultra-secure uranium warehouse of the future" in Oak Ridge, Tenn., is now built, if not quite ready for work. Part of Complex 2030—the Bush Administration's ambitious and little known plan to revamp the nation's aging infrastructure for building nuclear weapons—the warehouse will provide one location for the nation's supply of the highly enriched uranium (HEU) that makes for a powerful nuclear bomb.

September 9, 2008 — David Biello
Jet fuel from algae passes first test

Jet fuel from algae passes first test

No, not flight, not yet. But Solazyme—the mavericks who make their algal oil in the dark—have produced a jet fuel that passes the ASTM's standards for "aviation turbine fuel," otherwise known as jet fuel.

September 9, 2008 — David Biello

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