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Another strike, but we'll be checking leaks on the ocean floor soon

Editor's Note: University of Southern California geobiologist Katrina Edwards is taking part in a three-week drilling project at the Atlantic's North Pond—a sediment-filled valley on the ocean floor—designed to locate and study what she calls the “intraterrestrials”: the myriad microbial life-forms living inside Earth's crust...

February 25, 2009 — Katrina Edwards

In today's computers, energy efficiency trumps speed

Fifty years ago this month, inventor Robert Noyce created the first planar integrated circuit made from silicon—an innovation that allowed multiple transistors to be placed on the same microprocessor and paved the way for the development of ever smaller and more powerful electronics...

February 25, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Too much PlayStation can make your hands...lumpy

Trying to get little Johnny to tear himself away from his video game console? You might scare him into gaming abstinence with a bizarre case study that has sparked headlines like "Too much PlayStation can cause painful lumps."

That eye-catching line is from a Reuters story about an unidentified 12-year-old girl in Geneva, Switzerland, who developed what her doctors dubbed "PlayStation palmar hidradentitis" after spending heaps of time attached to the game console...

February 25, 2009 — Jordan Lite

House approves ban on interstate primate sales

After a 200-pound pet chimpanzee mauled a woman in Stamford, Conn., many people wondered how the animal, Travis, came to be living a suburban existence.  But it could become tougher for chimps and other primates to move to the 'burbs if legislation passed by the House yesterday becomes law...

February 25, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Bobby Jindal and volcano monitoring: What was he talking about?

When Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered the official Republican response to President Obama’s speech last night, he blasted elements of the economic stimulus package as “wasteful spending”– among them, “$140 million for something called ‘volcano monitoring.’”

“Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.,” Jindal said...

February 25, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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