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Large Hadron Collider countdown going strong

Large Hadron Collider countdown going strong

CERN loves the smell of protons in the morning. Last Friday the European particle physics lab began testing the system for injecting a proton beam into the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which if you haven't heard by now is a giant particle accelerator 27 kilometers (17 miles) in circumference.

August 12, 2008 — JR Minkel
Invasion of the crustacean snatchers

Invasion of the crustacean snatchers

The thawing of the fabled Northwest Passage on Canada's north coast isn't just an opportunity for humans to cut shipping times between Asia, Europe and North America—or squabble over oil.

August 8, 2008 — David Biello
Monsanto puts bovine growth hormone out to pasture

Monsanto puts bovine growth hormone out to pasture

After years of legal wrangling over the proper labeling of milk from cows treated with its artificial hormone, Monsanto wants to sell its milk business—specifically, POSILAC, the bovine growth hormone given to cows to boost their production of milk.

August 7, 2008 — David Biello
How to make an electronic eye, step one: the retina

How to make an electronic eye, step one: the retina

A new miniature camera looks an awful lot like an electronic eyeball. Maybe it's that bowl-shaped "retina" made of silicon.

In the latest feat of so-called flexible electronics—often described as the quest for a computer screen you can bend and fold without breaking—chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made a prototype low-distortion camera by molding silicon into a dome shape.

August 6, 2008 — JR Minkel
Makers of Firefox come up with a new Web browser

Makers of Firefox come up with a new Web browser

Imagine taking the social experience of a site like Facebook or MySpace and integrating it into a Web browser so that collaboration and communication with friends and colleagues is completely seamless.

August 6, 2008 — Christie Nicholson
Apple disses hackers' Black Hat convention

Apple disses hackers' Black Hat convention

In a move that could backfire, according to one security expert, Apple pulled out of a prominent hackers' convention taking place this week in Las Vegas.

August 5, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
Solar sail and ashes of Star Trek's "Scotty" lost in SpaceX rocket failure

Solar sail and ashes of Star Trek's "Scotty" lost in SpaceX rocket failure

More bad news for Elon Musk, the billionaire PayPal founder who wants to sell low-cost space delivery to NASA and whoever else is buying.

On Saturday his privately funded company, SpaceX, suffered its third failed launch in a row of the Falcon 1, a two-stage rocket for ferrying satellites into orbit.

August 4, 2008 — JR Minkel
Nano-coated bullets could help solve gun crimes

Nano-coated bullets could help solve gun crimes

U.K. researchers are developing a coating for bullet casings that sticks to the hands (or gloves) of anyone handling it and is very difficult to remove.

August 4, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier
NASA turns 50 today

NASA turns 50 today

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established 50 years ago today by the aptly named National Aeronautics and Space Act. NASA began operations on October 1, 1958, with a staff of 80 spread among four laboratories.

July 29, 2008 — JR Minkel

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