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Census of Marine Life: What lurks under the sea?

There are some unusual things living in the world’s oceans: A "city" made up of tens of millions of brittle stars (relatives of starfish) living on the peak of a seamount (see photo to the left), or underwater summit north of the Antarctic Circle; a huge, 16-inch (407 millimeter) long by quarter-inch (10 millimeter) wide mollusk, Chaetoderma felderi, discovered deep in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana; and enormous bacteria in the eastern South Pacific that may help clean polluted ocean floors, a concept known as bioremediation...

November 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

India's Chandrayaan 1 enters lunar orbit

The Indian space probe Chandrayaan 1 adjusted its orbit around the moon in one of its final maneuvers before releasing a lunar impactor.

Chandrayaan 1 entered into an elliptical orbit around the moon on Saturday, 17 days after blasting off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota...

November 10, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

Trouble walking? Try Honda's new exoskeleton legs

If even the thought of mounting a long staircase makes your knees ache, help could be on the way in the form of a supportive lower-body exoskeleton recently introduced by Honda Motor Co., Ltd...

November 10, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Obama administration would create new "new media"

One of the first questions batted about in political, tech and media circles after Barack Obama won the presidential election last week was what he was going to do with the massive, wired network of supporters he’d built over his two-year campaign...

November 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Did North Korea fake photos of Kim Jong-il?

Last week, the state-run North Korean media released what they said were new photographs of Kim Jong-il in a bid to reassure the world that the leader, whose health has been the subject of much speculation, is alive and well...

November 10, 2008 — John Matson

Nanogenerators: Be your own power plant

As teensy nanotech devices get even tinier, the question of how to supply them with power becomes more pressing. Zhong Lin Wang, a nano-engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, is committed to finding the answer...

November 9, 2008 — John Matson

Does a much-hyped cancer treatment actually make tumors get bigger?

Turning off a protein that helps grow blood vessels that feed tumors actually makes cancers get bigger, not smaller, according to two new studies. These studies raise questions about why certain drugs that try to decrease blood vessel growth around tumors to starve them of oxygen and nutrients have been disappointing when used by themselves—and why they may need to be combined with traditional chemotherapy...

November 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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