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Black kids aren't getting enough vitamin D, study says

Too much television and too little milk means that black children are not getting enough of vitamin D, a new study says. Known as the “sunshine vitamin” because it can also be obtained through sun exposure, Vitamin D can stave off rickets, improve bone health, and possibly prevent colds, heart disease and diabetes...

August 3, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Drilling deep into an ocean fault

For the first time, researchers have been able to drill deep (more than 1,600 meters) into an ocean fault zone.

The expedition team, onboard the Japanese research ship Chikyu, is searching for answers in the depths of the Nankai Trough about why the previously active fault has locked up in the past several decades—and what type of activity might be likely in the near future...

July 31, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Space shuttle Endeavour touches down in Florida

The shuttle mission that didn't get off the ground until its sixth scheduled launch attempt earlier this month made it home much more smoothly, landing this morning during its first opportunity to do so...

July 31, 2009 — John Matson

Kansas county creates a refuge for snakes

“Save the snakes” is not a rallying cry you often hear.    But Johnson County in northeast Kansas recently voted to preserve a nine-acre site for the sanctity of the northern redbelly snake and the smooth earth snake, the Kansas City Star reports...

July 31, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

“Handouts for Hummers” runs out of bucks

Cash for Clunkers, the program that Sen. Diane Feinstein (D–Calif.) has pejoratively referred to as “Handouts for Hummers,” has likely blown through its $1 billion budget in its first official week...

July 31, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

New fishing rules shown to help depleted stocks

The globe’s fisheries have taken a deep nose-dive in the past few decades. But a new paper, to be published in tomorrow’s Science , finds that improved management is finally beginning to pull some stocks back from the brink...

July 30, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Cool roofs are finally cool

Editor's Note: Scientific American 's George Musser will be chronicling his experiences installing solar panels and taking other steps to save energy in 60-Second Solar .

STAFFJuly 30, 2009 — George Musser

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