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Could Wildfires Save the Arctic?

Alaskan residents who watched as wildfires claimed a record 10,000 square miles (26,00 square kilometers) of land in 2004 can take cold comfort in the fact that the choking smoke endured during wildfire season could blunt some of the effects of global warming...

July 25, 2008 — JR Minkel

New Warnings on Cell Phone Use

There has been a raging debate over whether cell phones – or more specifically electromagnetic radiation that they emit – up a person's cancer risk.

July 25, 2008 — Barbara Juncosa

Father of medical genetics, Victor McKusick, dies at 86

Though not a household name, the impact that Victor McKusick had on medicine is profound: He was a pioneer in the field of genetics, showing the role that genes play in inherited diseases and abnormalities, ranging from Marfan's syndrome to dwarfism...

July 25, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy

Oil spill tars Mississippi River

A barge full of more than 400,000 gallons of fuel and a heavy tanker collided in New Orleans on Wednesday, spreading a rainbow sheen of oil across 100 miles of the Mississippi River down to the Gulf of Mexico...

July 25, 2008 — David Biello

Robot dragonfly takes flight

Researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands today unveiled a small, remote-controlled aircraft weighing just 0.11 ounces (three grams) and with a four-inch (10-centimeter) wingspan--just large enough to accommodate an onboard camera...

July 23, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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