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Sperm sale

With the recession grinding into its 17th official month, a lot of things are on sale right now – including male sex cells. In a move unprecedented in its history, Xytex, one of the oldest sperm and tissue banks in the U.S., is offering a steep discount on sperm: up to $200 off, for a net price of between $250 and $350 per vial...

April 10, 2009 — Christopher Mims

Salmonella peanut company hit with huge fine

The company whose salmonella-tainted peanut products made 691 people sick and may have killed nine others has been fined $14.6 million.

The Texas Department of State Health Services yesterday fined Plainview Peanut Corp...

April 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Two die in Texas, Oklahoma wildfires

Firefighters were mopping up today after wildfires swept through Texas and Oklahoma, killing two people and damaging more than 100 homes. The Associated Press reports that a former local TV journalist, Matt Quinn, and his wife, Cathy, were killed and their son injured when their home in Montague, Tex., 80 miles northwest of Dallas, was engulfed in flames...

April 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Arkansas tornado kills three

Three people died, at least 24 were injured and 100 homes were damaged last night when a tornado tore through Mena, Ark., the Associated Press reports.

April 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Understanding photosynthesis by sequencing two algae genomes

The algae floating in the sea are microscopic plants of great consequence on a global level. They conduct a big chunk of the world's photosynthesis (turning sunlight into chemical energy); they control the carbon cycle (taking in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locking it away), and they form the base of the ocean's food pyramid, allowing other plants and animals to flourish...

April 9, 2009 — David Biello

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