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Getting your V6 to act like a V8, while saving gas

The history of engine improvements in the U.S. has tended primarily in one direction: raw horsepower. Engines have gotten bigger and more powerful over time—and that's certainly what automakers have used as a key selling point...

May 20, 2009 — David Biello

Carbon capture success in Wisconsin

Capturing the carbon dioxide that wafts up the smokestack after burning coal (or any other fossil fuel) has been identified by everyone from President Obama to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a critical technology to help keep the lights on while combating climate change...

May 20, 2009 — David Biello

Hey, hey, we're the monkeylike primates! The missing link that ignited a media backlash

On the day after the festivities at the American Museum of Natural History, the star of the show—a 47-million-year-old primate fossil named Ida—is intact, but science is still recuperating from the massive media hangover.  Jørn Hurum, the University of Oslo paleontologist who orchestrated the hubbub about the monkey–lemur intermediary, wasn’t coy about his intentions...

May 20, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Searching for answers, Microsoft set to intro "Kumo" search engine

In the market for yet another way to navigate cyberspace? Just days after physicist Stephan Wolfram took his Wolfram|Alpha "computational knowledge engine" live, word is that Microsoft next week will debut a revamped version of its flagging Live.com search engine, the No...

May 20, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Mockingbirds quickly recognize repeat human intruders

People may have a tough time telling one squawking bird from another. Mockingbirds, on the other hand, quickly learn which humans to watch.

"Mockingbirds certainly do not view all humans as equal," Doug Levey, lead author of a study of published this week in Proceedings of the National of Sciences , said in a statement...

May 19, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

New fuel efficiency standards: Too much or not enough?

The Obama administration unveiled a plan to boost fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks to an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016—four years ahead of current schedule and up from an average of just 25 miles per gallon today...

May 19, 2009 — David Biello

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