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Can carbon nanotubes solve the world's drinking water woes?

Researchers at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, India, are studying the potential use of carbon nanotubes—hollow carbon fibers—to filter viruses, bacteria, toxic metal ions, and large noxious organic molecules out of water...

September 17, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

We are the world: Web's designer launches foundation to bring invention to all

It’s a lofty goal: make the World Wide Web truly global. Now, the Web's inventor says he'll try to do just that.

The new World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Tim Berners-Lee, will launch next year to bring the Web to people who don’t have ready access to it, the organization announced today — an effort that reflects what Berners-Lee says is the inherent populist nature of the Web...

September 15, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider computers to prove they're vulnerable

As the first particles began circulating in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week, a group of hackers calling themselves the "Greek Security Team" penetrated computer systems inside CERN's Geneva, Switzerland, facility, where the world's biggest particle accelerator is housed, the Telegraph.co.uk reported today...

September 12, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

World's "most powerful magnet" isn't quite--But is still impressive

Discovery News directs our attention to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, where researchers are working on the "world's most powerful magnet—one that won't blow up a split second after it's turned on."

The bit about not blowing up is key...

September 11, 2008 — JR Minkel

The Volt: Chevy's worst kept secret

Can you keep a secret? Apparently, the folks at General Motors can't either. Wieck Media, a clearinghouse for automakers' pictures, Wednesday posted photos of the production 2011 Chevrolet Volt on a media information Web site for just 12 minutes before taking them down, long enough for TheCarConnection.com to grab them and keep them live for the rest of the world to see...

September 10, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

New U.S. storage depot for the highly enriched uranium in nuclear weapons

The "ultra-secure uranium warehouse of the future" in Oak Ridge, Tenn., is now built, if not quite ready for work. Part of Complex 2030—the Bush Administration's ambitious and little known plan to revamp the nation's aging infrastructure for building nuclear weapons—the warehouse will provide one location for the nation's supply of the highly enriched uranium (HEU) that makes for a powerful nuclear bomb...

September 9, 2008 — David Biello

Jet fuel from algae passes first test

No, not flight, not yet. But Solazyme—the mavericks who make their algal oil in the dark—have produced a jet fuel that passes the ASTM's standards for "aviation turbine fuel," otherwise known as jet fuel...

September 9, 2008 — David Biello

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