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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

What Howard Stern has to say about Darwin

Editor's Note: This post is also appearing at the American Institute for Biological Sciences' Year of Science 2009: Celebrate Evolution. For more, see our tribute to Darwin on his 200th birthday...

February 24, 2009 — Steve Mirsky

On our way to the North Pond: A strike against the expedition, but just one

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 24, 2009 — Katrina Edwards

Calcium might fight cancer

Got milk? Then drink to this: A new study has linked high calcium intake to lower incidence of cancers, including colon cancer, in men and women between the ages of 50 and 78.

February 24, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Modern wars fought mostly in biodiversity "hot spots"

As if biodiversity wasn’t under siege already from encroaching human populations and climate change, it is literally under attack, according to a new study showing that most of the last half-century's conflicts were in the most ecologically rich—and threatened—parts of the planet...

February 24, 2009 — Jordan Lite

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory crashes into the ocean

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), NASA’s satellite to track CO 2 emissions on Earth, failed to reach orbit after blasting off early this morning, crashing in the waters off of Antarctica and dashing hopes for the $278-million mission...

February 24, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Are laser-powered spacecraft just a shot in the dark?

Nearly a decade ago, Leik Myrabo shared with Scientific American readers his vision for the future of space travel: a "LightCraft" pushed out to the stars by a pulsed infrared laser beam from the ground or pulled into space by a laser beamed down from a solar-powered station orbiting Earth...

February 23, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

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