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Viruses: They're alive, and they can infect each other

Viruses: They're alive, and they can infect each other

Viruses are world champion parasites—think of all the trouble they give us, from Ebola to HIV. Now French researchers have discovered a viral first … a virus that infects another virus.

August 8, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
Monsanto puts bovine growth hormone out to pasture

Monsanto puts bovine growth hormone out to pasture

After years of legal wrangling over the proper labeling of milk from cows treated with its artificial hormone, Monsanto wants to sell its milk business—specifically, POSILAC, the bovine growth hormone given to cows to boost their production of milk.

August 7, 2008 — David Biello
How to make an electronic eye, step one: the retina

How to make an electronic eye, step one: the retina

A new miniature camera looks an awful lot like an electronic eyeball. Maybe it's that bowl-shaped "retina" made of silicon.

In the latest feat of so-called flexible electronics—often described as the quest for a computer screen you can bend and fold without breaking—chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made a prototype low-distortion camera by molding silicon into a dome shape.

August 6, 2008 — JR Minkel
Makers of Firefox come up with a new Web browser

Makers of Firefox come up with a new Web browser

Imagine taking the social experience of a site like Facebook or MySpace and integrating it into a Web browser so that collaboration and communication with friends and colleagues is completely seamless.

August 6, 2008 — Christie Nicholson
Apple disses hackers' Black Hat convention

Apple disses hackers' Black Hat convention

In a move that could backfire, according to one security expert, Apple pulled out of a prominent hackers' convention taking place this week in Las Vegas.

August 5, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
Where have all the monkeys gone?

Where have all the monkeys gone?

Nearly half of the monkeys, apes and lemurs in the world are in imminent danger of disappearing from the planet, according to a new survey. The news comes even as a separate new census has uncovered far more gorillas than expected.

August 5, 2008 — David Biello
What will Tropical Storm Edouard do?

What will Tropical Storm Edouard do?

The season’s third potential hurricane looks like it won’t build up enough steam to reach hurricane status, meteorologists said earlier today.

August 4, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy
Perchlorate found on Mars makes soil less Earthlike

Perchlorate found on Mars makes soil less Earthlike

Martian soil may be less Earthlike and less hospitable to life than researchers believed. NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has found traces of perchlorate in two soil samples analyzed during the past month, the space agency announced today.

August 4, 2008 — JR Minkel
Solar sail and ashes of Star Trek's "Scotty" lost in SpaceX rocket failure

Solar sail and ashes of Star Trek's "Scotty" lost in SpaceX rocket failure

More bad news for Elon Musk, the billionaire PayPal founder who wants to sell low-cost space delivery to NASA and whoever else is buying.

On Saturday his privately funded company, SpaceX, suffered its third failed launch in a row of the Falcon 1, a two-stage rocket for ferrying satellites into orbit.

August 4, 2008 — JR Minkel

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