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Hurricane Omar on track for Caribbean

Here comes another hurricane.

Omar could bring up to 20 inches of rain across Puerto Rico and the Northern Leeward islands — and life-threatening flash floods and mud slides — when it arrives over the next 24-36 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

October 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite

New superbug making kids sick despite vaccine

A new superbug that causes meningitis and pneumonia in kids has public health officials worried: Serotype 19A of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium eludes most antibiotics and a vaccine intended to prevent infection.

October 14, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Apple presents new MacBook lineup

Was it worth the buzz?

Apple today unveiled its new MacBook notebooks, most notable for their lowered price, high-performance graphics cards and, in some models, all-metal chassis: The new MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro are made from a single block of aluminum.

October 14, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Tourist arrives at space station

Civilian astronaut Richard Garriott, along with two crewmates, has docked at the International Space Station.

The Soyuz TMA 13 carrying Garriott, a video game designer who paid $30 million for a seat on the Russian spacecraft, arrived at the space station at 4:26 A.M.

October 14, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Paul Krugman takes Nobel economics prize

Well-known New York Times columnist and Princeton professor of economics Paul Krugman has been awarded the 2008 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

October 13, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Chechnya earthquake toll rises to 13

At least 13 people, including three children, have now died following an earthquake on Saturday in Chechnya, near the war-torn capital city of Grozny, the Agence France-Presse is reporting.

October 12, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

No peace for science: International mediator takes Nobel Peace Prize was up early again this morning checking the Nobel Prize Web site, waiting for the peace prize announcement. If you're wondering why, you'll recall that science and the environment have played a role in two of the last three Nobel Peace Prizes: Last year’s award to the U.N.

October 10, 2008 — David Biello

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