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Marijuana growers started California wildfires

Serious bummer, dude. California's totally ablaze, and the cops are laying the blame on marijuana growers.

That's right. Investigators with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit have confirmed that the camp at the origin of the La Brea fire was an illegal marijuana operation believed to be run by a Mexican drug organization...

August 18, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

IBM and Caltech experiment with DNA-size computer chips

Gadget makers have for decades relied on ever-shrinking microchips to make more portable, yet more powerful, devices. But as the components used to make these chips become smaller, with widths measured in dozens rather than hundreds of nanometers, they become increasingly more difficult to assemble.  Since microchips are the engines performing the logic functions that make computers, cell phones and countless other electronic gadgets run, technology makers like IBM have been looking to pack more transistors closer together in smaller spaces.  Now comes a potential solution...

August 17, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Tasty bird not so extinct after all

Will the Tasman booby survive being discovered for the third time? That's the hope of researchers at New Zealand's University of Canterbury, who have recently proved that this tasty bird is not as extinct as was believed...

August 14, 2009 — John Platt

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