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Rules of beeping

A few days ago a Reuters report described how Africans (and others) have devised ingenious methods to communicate with cell phones without incurring charges.

September 30, 2007 — Gary Stix

Clinton promises solar sunrise, will Ausra deliver?

Good old Bill Clinton has done it again. Perhaps inspired by David Mills' speculation on the capacity of solar thermal power plants to deliver emissions-free electricity in this country, his confab going on in NYC presently has united said visionary's solar thermal company Ausra with utility giants Florida Power and Light (FPL) and Pacfic Gas and Electric (PG&E)...

September 27, 2007 — David Biello

Hysterical about hysteria

I've been really bothered by coverage of the supposed meteorite in southeastern Peru and of villagers getting sick. People have been way too quick to leap to mass hysteria as the explanation for the strange events...

September 26, 2007 — George Musser

Into thin air: Altitude's toll on the brain

_____________________ Introduction by David Dobbs
Editor, Mind Matters "The mountains," wrote climbing enthusiast Sir Francis Younghusband, "reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits." Yet those who earn these gifts pay a unique price...

September 25, 2007 — David Dobbs

Frightening new maps of U.S. coastal areas to be inundated by global warming

These maps correspond with a one meter rise in sea level -- the amount of sea level rise scientists predict will occur whether or not we cease emitting carbon today, on account of all the warming the earth has yet to do in order to reach equilibrium with the amount of C02 we've already put into the atmosphere...

September 24, 2007 — Christopher Mims

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