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A new iPod on the horizon? Rock on

Is a new Apple music player -- or players -- on the way? The buzz around the company's cryptic invitations to a "Let's Rock" event is that it's about to unveil a new iPod, or possibly an upgrade of the entire product line...

September 3, 2008 — Jordan Lite

EPA scraps Yazoo River pumps project, environmentalists cheer

In a victory for environmentalists, federal environmental regulators have nixed a flood-control project they determined would threaten wildlife.

The move – which puts the kibosh on the proposed Yazoo Pumps Project to reduce flooding between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers – is only the 12th time the Environmental Protection Agency has used its authority to scrap a project under the Clean Water Act...

September 3, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Is China's pollution a problem for the U.S.?

You may have read some alarming stories recently about pollution making its way from China to the U.S. Should you worry?

In fact, a cloud of soot, sulfur dioxide and sand from China’s Gobi Desert does make it to cities of the western U.S., where it accounts for, by some measures, as much as 15 percent of local air pollution...

September 3, 2008 — David Biello

Who gets the most spam? This message brought to you by the letter "A"

If your e-mail address begins “ajolie@” or “mphelps," your inbox is likely overflowing with messages sporting subject lines that read “Your Lady Will Become Crayzed” (sic) or “Urgent Request for Business Relationship from Lagos, Nigeria.” Believe it or not, the spam load has nothing to do with celebrity and everything to do with the first letter in your e-mail address...

September 3, 2008 — Gary Stix

Court just says no -- again -- to genetically modified alfalfa

We know you're just dying to taste that delectable genetically modified alfalfa, but you'll have to wait: an appeals court today ruled  that the feds  must review the potential environmental effects of the biotech seeds before farmers can plant them...

September 2, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Google debuts a hot new browser

In a bid to expand its Internet dominance, Google today released a trial version of its new web browser, dubbed Chrome, for Windows. (A Mac user? You're out of luck for now, but Google says it's working on a version for you.)

The Google team says it accidentally alerted the public to the project yesterday by unwittingly at first – and then deliberately -- releasing a 38-page comic book detailing the software's capabilities...

September 2, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

Move over Gustav: Hanna delays Space Shuttle move

To the folks at NASA, Hanna is the new Gustav. They're putting off transporting the shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad as the newly hyped tropical storm makes its way toward the southeast coast of the United States...

September 2, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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