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Benoit Mandelbrot and the wildness of financial markets

In a lecture at Columbia University this week, famed fractal pioneer Benoit Mandelbrot once again inveighed against traditional economic theories, returning at a time of financial malaise to many of the points he raised in a 1999 Scientific American feature...

March 13, 2009 — John Matson

Are we freeloaders if we install solar?

Judging from responses to my earlier post, not everyone is happy about incentives for installing solar power. One person said the government shouldn’t encourage projects that don’t make financial sense on their own...

STAFFMarch 13, 2009 — George Musser

FDA approves next-gen female condom

Public health advocates have long touted the female condom as a way for women to protect themselves against HIV, especially if their partner didn’t want to use a male prophylactic...

March 13, 2009 — Jordan Lite

How do you find your way back to where you've drilled in the ocean?

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...

March 12, 2009 — Katrina Edwards

Does the fountain of youth lie in the naked mole rat?

Naked mole rats—hairless, sausagelike rodents that live in burrows beneath the arid soils of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia—have a remarkable ability to resist aging.  Scientists are getting closer to understanding why these animals grow old with such grace, and they hope their findings will lead to therapies for staving off age-related ailments...

March 12, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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