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Now here's a shocker: Diet Coke Plus isn't nutritious, feds say

We hate to break it to you, but it looks like soda isn't good for you after all.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the Coca-Cola Company to revise its labeling of Diet Coke Plus so that it doesn't mislead consumers into believing that the pop, a brew of chemicals mixed in with some vitamins and minerals, is healthy.

December 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

France's first woman in space hospitalized after suicide attempt

The first French woman in space has been hospitalized after she tried to take her own life, according to published reports.

Claudie Haignere, 51, was hospitalized late yesterday after she tried to commit suicide, an unidentified French government source told Agence France-Presse.

December 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Rising frustration

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 fourteenth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com's in-depth report on the "Future of the Poles." THE SOUTH POLE -- We are now 10 days behind schedule.

December 24, 2008 — Robin Bell

NORAD confirms: Santa and his sleigh are on their way

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which as been tracking Santa's annual trip for the past 50 years, reports on its site that Saint Nick has already spread Christmas cheer to the North Pole (of course)—Sidney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Fuji, Japan; and the Great Wall of China.

December 24, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

A long weekend at the South Pole

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 thirteenth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com's in-depth report on the "Future of the Poles." McMURDO STATION, ANTARTICA-- We are all strapped into our seats preparing for our last ride to the Willy Ice Runway when I have a momentary panic.

December 23, 2008 — Robin Bell

Coal war: Can the fossil fuel be cleaned up?

The original fossil fuel is back in the spotlight, under fire for being the biggest contributor to climate change (when burned in power plants). In an attempt to polish coal's tarnished image, the industry has launched a series of ads and other PR efforts (to the tune of “Jingle Bells”): Frosty the coal man is a jolly happy soul
He's abundant here in America and he helps our economy roll
Frosty the coal man's getting cleaner every day
He's affordable and adorable and helps workers keep their pay Beyond caroling coal available online (isn't a lump of coal at Christmas traditionally a bad thing?), a slew of clean coal advertisements have hit the airwaves, touting the benefits of technology that can capture and store the climate-changing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) produced when coal is burned to generate electricity.

December 23, 2008 — David Biello

Online v. print reading: which one makes us smarter?

It's no mystery that publications have been taking a beating as more and more people read their news on the Net. But there's a catch. The online info may be instant and abundant -- and in many cases free -- but it may come at a cost, says a new study published in the Journal of Research in Reading .

December 23, 2008 — Coco Ballantyne

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