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Who gets the most spam? This message brought to you by the letter "A"

If your e-mail address begins “ajolie@” or “mphelps," your inbox is likely overflowing with messages sporting subject lines that read “Your Lady Will Become Crayzed” (sic) or “Urgent Request for Business Relationship from Lagos, Nigeria.” Believe it or not, the spam load has nothing to do with celebrity and everything to do with the first letter in your e-mail address...

September 3, 2008 — Gary Stix

Court just says no -- again -- to genetically modified alfalfa

We know you're just dying to taste that delectable genetically modified alfalfa, but you'll have to wait: an appeals court today ruled  that the feds  must review the potential environmental effects of the biotech seeds before farmers can plant them...

September 2, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Google debuts a hot new browser

In a bid to expand its Internet dominance, Google today released a trial version of its new web browser, dubbed Chrome, for Windows. (A Mac user? You're out of luck for now, but Google says it's working on a version for you.)

The Google team says it accidentally alerted the public to the project yesterday by unwittingly at first – and then deliberately -- releasing a 38-page comic book detailing the software's capabilities...

September 2, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

Move over Gustav: Hanna delays Space Shuttle move

To the folks at NASA, Hanna is the new Gustav. They're putting off transporting the shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad as the newly hyped tropical storm makes its way toward the southeast coast of the United States...

September 2, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Are UFOs lighting up the skies over Australia's outback?

Move over Roswell. New Mexico's UFO Museum and Research Center may attract more than 150,000 visitors annually who are curious about the alleged 1947 alien crash landing there, but some residents of Australia's outback claim their skies are alive with unidentified flying object activity now ...

August 29, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

XXX-Files! Agent Mulder can't get enough

Actor David Duchovny, best known for his role as Fox Mulder on the FOX TV series The X-Files and its related movies, checked himself into a rehab facility for sex addiction, according to news reports and a statement released by his lawyer yesterday...

August 29, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

World's largest machine--the electric grid--is old and outdated

The U.S. electric grid is so old and outdated it can't handle the influx of wind power and other intermittent renewable resources. Integrating such sources requires adapting a system that is finely tuned to balance the amount of electricity being used with the amount of electricity being generated with fickle winds...

August 28, 2008 — David Biello

Series of earthquakes hits Vancouver Island

Canada's Vancouver Island has been jolted by a string of earthquakes and their aftershocks since Monday, but residents have barely noticed because the tremors are so far offshore.

August 28, 2008 — Christie Nicholson

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