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Olympics begin, Beijing breathes sigh of relief...

…if not clean air. Smog continues to blanket the capital city, thanks to pollution from cars, illegal factories and uncooperative weather.

That has prompted some athletes to wear masks, which, besides looking silly, actually is silly...

August 8, 2008 — David Biello

Monsanto puts bovine growth hormone out to pasture

After years of legal wrangling over the proper labeling of milk from cows treated with its artificial hormone, Monsanto wants to sell its milk business—specifically, POSILAC, the bovine growth hormone given to cows to boost their production of milk...

August 7, 2008 — David Biello

How to make an electronic eye, step one: the retina

A new miniature camera looks an awful lot like an electronic eyeball. Maybe it's that bowl-shaped "retina" made of silicon.

In the latest feat of so-called flexible electronics—often described as the quest for a computer screen you can bend and fold without breaking—chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made a prototype low-distortion camera by molding silicon into a dome shape...

August 6, 2008 — JR Minkel

Makers of Firefox come up with a new Web browser

Imagine taking the social experience of a site like Facebook or MySpace and integrating it into a Web browser so that collaboration and communication with friends and colleagues is completely seamless...

August 6, 2008 — Christie Nicholson

Where have all the monkeys gone?

Nearly half of the monkeys, apes and lemurs in the world are in imminent danger of disappearing from the planet, according to a new survey. The news comes even as a separate new census has uncovered far more gorillas than expected...

August 5, 2008 — David Biello

Perchlorate found on Mars makes soil less Earthlike

Martian soil may be less Earthlike and less hospitable to life than researchers believed. NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has found traces of perchlorate in two soil samples analyzed during the past month, the space agency announced today...

August 4, 2008 — JR Minkel

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