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FCC opens up "white spaces" to tech companies

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday gave Google, Microsoft and a number of other tech companies what they wanted by granting free, unlicensed wireless devices access to chunks of unused airwaves on the broadcast spectrum known as "white spaces" (so-named because they provide a buffer between broadcast channels)...

November 5, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

What an Obama win means for the environment

Among the many pressing issues that President-elect Barack Obama will face when he takes office in January is climate change, which he has called an “immediate threat” and warned has made Earth a “planet in peril.” In an effort to prevent and reverse the problem, he supports a so-called cap-and-trade scheme similar to one now in effect in the U.S...

November 5, 2008 — David Biello

Wine diet in a pill: Mice stay trim and fit on drug

An experimental drug that works much like an ingredient in red wine and grapes kept rodents from getting fat and increased their endurance. Researchers say the drug, SIRT1720, also lowered glucose levels — good news for a human version of the medicine being developed to treat diabetes...

November 5, 2008 — Jordan Lite

One long campaign, one enormous carbon debt

It's been a long slog to get to this election day. We all know the campaigns spent millions to get their messages across. But Bob Grant at The Scientist wondered about the environmental cost (log-in required)—specifically how much the campaigns of Sens...

November 4, 2008 — David Biello

Who has a better sense of humor--Liberals or conservatives?

Are you more likely to get a joke if you lean politically left or right? That's the question New York Times columnist John Tierney asks today, extending a line of inquiry popular this campaign season: the personality characteristics of ideologues...

November 4, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Trash crash: Space litter makes landing

Well, that’s a relief.

A 1,400-pound (635-kilogram) ammonia tank burned up over the Pacific Ocean late Sunday, more than a year after an astronaut chucked it from the International Space Station because it had become obsolete, NASA said yesterday...

November 4, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Sarah Palin's health described by doc

Voters know a little bit more about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s health as they head to the polls today. According to a two-page letter released by her physician last night, Palin, 44, is in "excellent health and has no known health problems that would interfere with her ability to carry out the duties and obligations of vice president of the United States." 

Until now, Americans knew next to nothing about Palin’s health, other than that she gave birth to five children, the youngest of whom was born with Down Syndrome in April...

November 4, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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