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Obama administration would create new "new media"

One of the first questions batted about in political, tech and media circles after Barack Obama won the presidential election last week was what he was going to do with the massive, wired network of supporters he’d built over his two-year campaign.

November 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Did North Korea fake photos of Kim Jong-il?

Last week, the state-run North Korean media released what they said were new photographs of Kim Jong-il in a bid to reassure the world that the leader, whose health has been the subject of much speculation, is alive and well.

November 10, 2008 — John Matson

Nanogenerators: Be your own power plant

As teensy nanotech devices get even tinier, the question of how to supply them with power becomes more pressing. Zhong Lin Wang, a nano-engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, is committed to finding the answer.

November 9, 2008 — John Matson

Does a much-hyped cancer treatment actually make tumors get bigger?

Turning off a protein that helps grow blood vessels that feed tumors actually makes cancers get bigger, not smaller, according to two new studies. These studies raise questions about why certain drugs that try to decrease blood vessel growth around tumors to starve them of oxygen and nutrients have been disappointing when used by themselves—and why they may need to be combined with traditional chemotherapy.

November 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Speculation swirls about Obama's EPA and FDA heads

The science community is abuzz with speculation about who President-elect Barack Obama's picks will be to run two key agencies that consumer groups charge buckled to industry pressure during the Bush administration.

November 7, 2008 — John Matson

Obama considers candidates for first chief tech officer

Now that president-elect Barack Obama is officially on his way to the White House, it's time to make good on his numerous campaign pledges. Among them: his plan to appoint the first cabinet-level chief technology officer (CTO) tasked with, for starters, improving cyber security, spreading high-speed broadband Internet connectivity, and coordinating the efforts of the top info officers of the federal agencies, according to Change.gov , a Web site Obama's transition team set up to lay out the president-elect's plans for technology, the economy, education and several other issues.

November 7, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Tainted heparin seized from Ohio company

Federal drug regulators have seized batches of the tainted blood thinner heparin from a Cincinnati manufacturer that used a Chinese-made ingredient linked to 81 U.S.

November 7, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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