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"Digital hand" researchers score second round of NSF funding

A team of researchers developing "digital hand" technology (described in an article last year by Scientific American.com ) designed to help people with carpal tunnel syndrome and other disorders use computers has received nearly $473,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a commercial prototype device...

February 12, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Will broadband investment in stimulus package work without tax credits?

Senate and House negotiators reportedly stripped out billions of dollars in tax cuts for big telcos, including Verizon Communications, Inc., and AT&T, from the compromise $789-billion stimulus package that were included in the Senate version to spur expansion of broadband coverage into rural areas...

February 12, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Is the moon all dried up?

A new, high-resolution topographic map of the lunar surface indicates that the outer layers of the moon are likely bone dry. The new data, obtained from a laser-mapping instrument onboard the Japanese SELENE satellite, also known as Kaguya, shows that the moon's surface is rigid, not buoyant and flexible as would be expected if a significant amount of water flowed underneath it...

February 12, 2009 — John Matson

Indonesia quakes trigger tsunami warning

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake and three dozen aftershocks injured at least 42 people and set off a tsunami warning in eastern Indonesia. The strongest quake struck 195 miles (320 kilometers) north of the Sulawesi island coast at 1:34 A.M...

February 12, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Cold winter doesn't mean global warming is over

All of the snow and chilly temps this winter almost convinced us that global warming isn't happening, after all.  Reality check: recent climate data shows that it's still hotter than it used to be...

February 12, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Coral reefs: Vital to the oceans, vital to humans

Coral reefs are dying off at record rates, thanks to pollution, disease and global warming. Scientists worldwide are trying to come up with new ideas to conserve and protect not just the coral reefs, but also the biodiversity and human economies that depend upon  them for their survival...

February 11, 2009 — John Platt

Peanut prez takes the 5th on salmonella

Top brass at Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), whose contaminated peanut products are blamed for sickening 600 people and possibly killing eight others since September, refused to testify today at a congressional hearing...

February 11, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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