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Was climate change behind the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire?

Would-be emperors be warned: your empire is likely to crumble if the rains fail. Climate's role in the rise and fall of China's imperial dynasties has been established by the record in an ancient stalagmite, and now a similar record from a cave near Jerusalem adds climate change to the list of woes that forced a Roman and Byzantine retreat from the region by A.D...

December 8, 2008 — David Biello

Doping at work and in class—Why not?

Doping is a no-no in sports, but there's no rule against it in the classroom or on the job—and that's the way it should stay, doctors and ethicists write in a new commentary urging the safe use of medicines normally prescribed for patients with attention disorders but increasingly used off-label by healthy folks seeking an edge...

December 8, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Wave power put to the test in California

American research firm SRI International and Japan's Hyper Drive Corporation today are testing the latest generation of their jointly developed buoy-mounted, ocean wave-powered generator off the coast of Santa Cruz, Calif...

December 8, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Recyclables, the latest recession victim

Oh, the irony.

Right at a time when it appears that Americans are boarding the green-living express en masse, the market for recyclables has plunged – the latest victim of the recession, according to today’s New York Times ...

December 8, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Warning: A little water can hurt babies—So don't dilute infant formula

Parents beware: diluting infant formula can be deadly. Just ask a cash-strapped Tampa, Fla., woman who, in an attempt to save money and stretch out meals for her hungry five-month-old son, watered down his formula, unwittingly causing a potentially fatal condition known as water intoxication...

December 4, 2008 — Lisa Stein

Global warming's first mammal victim?

White lemuroid possums—otherwise known as Hemibelideus lemuroides —may have become the first mammal to disappear because of climate change, according to an Australian researcher...

December 4, 2008 — David Biello

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