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Speculation swirls about Obama's EPA and FDA heads

The science community is abuzz with speculation about who President-elect Barack Obama's picks will be to run two key agencies that consumer groups charge buckled to industry pressure during the Bush administration.

November 7, 2008 — John Matson

Obama considers candidates for first chief tech officer

Now that president-elect Barack Obama is officially on his way to the White House, it's time to make good on his numerous campaign pledges. Among them: his plan to appoint the first cabinet-level chief technology officer (CTO) tasked with, for starters, improving cyber security, spreading high-speed broadband Internet connectivity, and coordinating the efforts of the top info officers of the federal agencies, according to , a Web site Obama's transition team set up to lay out the president-elect's plans for technology, the economy, education and several other issues.

November 7, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Tainted heparin seized from Ohio company

Federal drug regulators have seized batches of the tainted blood thinner heparin from a Cincinnati manufacturer that used a Chinese-made ingredient linked to 81 U.S.

November 7, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Pet food making people sick

Some 79 people in 21 states have been sickened with a bacterial infection linked to contaminated pet food — the first time human Salmonella enterica illness has been traced to a contaminated animal food plant.

November 6, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Where will Mauna Loa erupt?

It's been nearly 25 years since Mauna Loa, Hawaii's most dangerous volcano, last erupted—but researchers warn that another eruption may be on the horizon.

November 6, 2008 — Christie Nicholson

Mexican "water monster" threatens to vanish

The axolotl —a foot-long amphibian reputed by the Aztecs to be a transformed god (but eaten anyway)—is in danger of disappearing for good, like so many of its fellow amphibians.

November 6, 2008 — David Biello

Bionic hand recognized as top invention

In 1963, a decade before fictional TV astronaut and test pilot Steve Austin—aka "The Six Million Dollar Man"—was fitted with a bionic right arm and legs, researchers at Princess Margaret Rose Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, began developing electronic prosthetics to replace missing shoulders, wrists and hands.

November 6, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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