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The computer mouse at 40: Remembering history in the making

Forty years ago, Douglas Engelbart gave a 90-minute presentation on a "computer-based, interactive, multiconsole display system" under development at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), according to an official announcement of the event.

December 10, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Audacious Plans, Nasty Weather

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 ninth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com 's in-depth report on the "Future of the Poles."   McMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA--Sometimes I wonder why we were so audacious to plan a project that required decent spring weather in several places around the entire Antarctic continent.  Our weather delays are accumulating.  The first delay was when the British plane was pinned down by storms, first in Patagonia and then at Rothera on the Antarctic Peninsula.

December 9, 2008 — Robin Bell

Name that species--After yourself, Purdue auction suggests

Naming your kid after you is one thing. But imagine if an entire species were named for you. This week, Purdue University is auctioning off the rights to name seven newly discovered bats and two turtles, the Associated Press is reporting.

December 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

SciAm and CNN keep an eye on a Planet in Peril

Here at Scientific American , the fate of Earth is an important part of our coverage, from our new publication, Earth 3.0, to a grand plan for solar energy, to daily reporting on climate change.

December 9, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

E-prescribing leads to more, cheaper generic Rx fills

Even as some states have required pharmacists to dole out generic drugs when they're available and insurers have offered financial incentives to doctors to prescribe them, the cost of prescription medications has continued to climb.

December 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Dogs' Bark: Not fair! Study shows pups get jealous

Scientists have confirmed what pet owners have always suspected: our pooches may pout when they sense another pup is getting favorable treatment.

Researchers at the University of Vienna in Austria report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA that dogs may be like our human best buds: they get jealous if they feel we're treating another dog better.

December 8, 2008 — Lisa Stein

Mars in 3-D: So detailed it's scary

New images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the Red Planet's surface in extraordinary detail—and in three dimensions to boot. The photos, known as anaglyphs, come from the orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, billed as the most powerful camera ever placed in another planet's orbit.

December 8, 2008 — John Matson

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