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Tale of a comet (Lulin) in photos

Here in New York City, where Scientific American is based, we don't often get to enjoy the pleasures of stargazing. The moon is a reliable sight, as are many of the closer stars, but relatively faint objects like Comet Lulin, making what's believed to be its maiden voyage past Earth, are usually drowned out by light pollution...

February 6, 2009 — John Matson

Obama orders new energy standards for household products

How many administrations does it take to change a light bulb?  Try… seven.

Pres. Obama yesterday ordered the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to set standards to improve the energy efficiency of bulbs and other power-sucking household appliances, including air conditioners, ovens and dishwashers...

February 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Senate legislation would hike NIH funding by $6.5 billion

The Senate this week okayed an amendment to the massive stimulus package to fork over an extra $6.5 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing funding for the fed's biomedical research arm to $10 billion over two years...

February 6, 2009 — Lisa Stein

Is TV's House good medicine?

Ever wonder if those bizarre cases Dr. Gregory House cracks every week on TV really happen? Like many med dramas, the Fox series has MD consultants, and like another successful franchise, Law & Order , the plots from House are ripped from the headlines — in this case, out of medical journals...

February 5, 2009 — Jordan Lite

GM's Chevy Volt to hit the streets of San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

The company that killed the electric car is ready to resuscitate it. General Motors (GM) this week laid out plans at the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show to prepare communities for the 2011 debut of its Chevy Volt and plug-in electric vehicles that other automakers are set to start building next year...

February 5, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Mystery of NYC maple syrup smell solved!

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that the city had solved a years-old mystery, pinpointing the source of a maple syrup smell that has occasionally wafted into town since 2005...

February 5, 2009 — John Matson

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