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Could pond scum provide the fuel of the future?

That's the subject of the second annual Algae Biomass Summit starting today in Seattle. The conference will explore the great question of whether microscopic plants could cut out the geologic middleman of time and pressure and just deliver fuel directly...

October 22, 2008 — David Biello

Fewer prescriptions filled as economy worsens

The tumbling economy may be making Americans queasy, but they're apparently so worried about their pocketbooks that they're skipping their meds. “I’ve seen patients today who said they stopped taking their Lipitor, their cholesterol-lowering medicine, because they can’t afford it,” James King, chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, tells the New York Times today...

October 22, 2008 — Jordan Lite

India launches first moon rocket, tailing China

India is on its way to the moon, the country’s first unmanned mission there ahead of a planned 2012 rover landing.

The Chandrayaan 1 probe blasted off atop a PSLV-C11 rocket at 6:22 local time this morning from Satish Dhawan Space Center in the southern Andrha Pradesh Province...

October 22, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Hybrid cars: Which is most fuel efficient?

If your wallet is taking a beating from high gas prices and all this talk of green energy has inspired you to shop around for a hybrid car, new fuel-efficiency ratings may help you.

October 21, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Meet my genome: 10 people release their DNA on the Web

Ten people today allowed their genetic maps to be publicly displayed on the Web in the name of research. The effort is part of Harvard Medical School's Personal Genome Project (PGP), which aims to create a large public database of human DNA to aid researchers in their quest to find the causes and cures for genetic maladies.   

The first 10 volunteers, dubbed the PGP-10, include project director and Harvard Medical School geneticist George Church; Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker; technology writer Esther Dyson; Duke University science editor Misha Angrist; Keith Batchelder, CEO of Genomic Healthcare Strategies in Charlestown, Mass.; Rosalynn Gill, founder of personalized health company Sciona in Aurora, Colo.; John Halamka, technology dean at Harvard Medical School; Stanley Lapidus, chairman and CEO of Helicos BioSciences Corp...

October 21, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

Suicide uptick: U.S. rate climbing

Suicide is on the rise for the first time in a decade, and it has a new face: middle-aged, white adults.

The overall U.S. suicide rate rose by 0.7 percent annually between 1999 and 2005 – from 10.5 suicides per 100,000 people to 11 per 100,000 – but the increase was steeper among white men and women ages 40 to 64...

October 21, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Alternative energy: The "wave" of the future?

The crux of the global warming crisis is how to reduce energy-related carbon dioxide emissions while keeping the lights on. A new In-Depth Report by ScientificAmerican.com takes a look at future technologies that might help...

October 21, 2008 — Jordan Lite

The E-mail from hell: Had fun last night, may have given you an STD

If the Web is such an effective dating vehicle, why not also use it to alert the participants of the consequences of hookups gone bad? That's the idea behind inSPOT, which uses short and not so sweet electronic postcards to quickly spread, so to speak, the news that a partner has a sexually transmitted disease (STD)...

October 20, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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