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Space tourist Richard Garriott returns

Space tourist Richard Garriott is back on Earth after spending 12 days in the cosmos.

Garriott and two Russian Expedition 17 crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) landed their Soyuz TMA 13 spacecraft in Kazakhstan at 11:37 Eastern Daylight Time last night, according to NASA...

October 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Doc calculates McCain's risk of skin-cancer death

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has a 6 percent chance of dying of the skin cancer melanoma in each of the next two years, says a doctor who specializes in the design of medical trials...

October 23, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Speed racer: Jet- and- rocket- powered 1,000-mph car ready to go

More than a decade after driving their jet-powered Thrust SSC (for super sonic car) an ear-popping 763 miles (1,228 kilometers) per hour, a team of British engineers and pilots has set its sites on a new record: to build a car by 2011 that can travel faster than 1,000 miles (1,610 kilometers) per hour, BBC News reports...

October 23, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine "safe," feds say

The huge marketing push around the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, and anecdotal reports about girls fainting after getting the shots, may have you second-guessing its safety.  New data may ease your mind...

October 23, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Carbon's role in global warming

Carbon has been clobbered in the headlines lately for its link to global warming and pollution. But is this much-maligned element—the fourth most abundant in the universe—getting a bum rap?...

October 23, 2008 — Christie Nicholson

Electrifying cars Down Under

The alternative-energy automobile company known as Better Place plans to bring the same electric car system already in the works for Israel and Denmark to Australia.

October 23, 2008 — David Biello

Bill Gates creating new company

So much for retirement. Microsoft founder Bill Gates is reportedly creating a new company to coordinate business for the software giant and his philanthropic Gates Foundation.

October 23, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Holding hot coffee = warm and fuzzy feelings

You know the famous – some would say infamous -- studies done in the 1950s by University of Wisconsin, Madison, psychologist Harry Harlow in which he separated macaque monkeys from their mothers and put them in cages, where they were then given a choice of bonding with surrogate cloth moms or sucking milk from a baby bottle on a wire?...

October 23, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Speaking in tongues--3,500 fewer, that is

There's a little bit of know-it-all Cheers postman Cliff Claven in all of us. So we were intrigued to learn of a little-known fact: Half of the planet's 7,000 languages are headed for extinction over the next century...

October 23, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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