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Is China's pollution a problem for the U.S.?

You may have read some alarming stories recently about pollution making its way from China to the U.S. Should you worry?

In fact, a cloud of soot, sulfur dioxide and sand from China’s Gobi Desert does make it to cities of the western U.S., where it accounts for, by some measures, as much as 15 percent of local air pollution...

September 3, 2008 — David Biello

Who gets the most spam? This message brought to you by the letter "A"

If your e-mail address begins “ajolie@” or “mphelps," your inbox is likely overflowing with messages sporting subject lines that read “Your Lady Will Become Crayzed” (sic) or “Urgent Request for Business Relationship from Lagos, Nigeria.” Believe it or not, the spam load has nothing to do with celebrity and everything to do with the first letter in your e-mail address...

September 3, 2008 — Gary Stix

Google debuts a hot new browser

In a bid to expand its Internet dominance, Google today released a trial version of its new web browser, dubbed Chrome, for Windows. (A Mac user? You're out of luck for now, but Google says it's working on a version for you.)

The Google team says it accidentally alerted the public to the project yesterday by unwittingly at first – and then deliberately -- releasing a 38-page comic book detailing the software's capabilities...

September 2, 2008 — Susannah F. Locke

Are UFOs lighting up the skies over Australia's outback?

Move over Roswell. New Mexico's UFO Museum and Research Center may attract more than 150,000 visitors annually who are curious about the alleged 1947 alien crash landing there, but some residents of Australia's outback claim their skies are alive with unidentified flying object activity now ...

August 29, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

World's largest machine--the electric grid--is old and outdated

The U.S. electric grid is so old and outdated it can't handle the influx of wind power and other intermittent renewable resources. Integrating such sources requires adapting a system that is finely tuned to balance the amount of electricity being used with the amount of electricity being generated with fickle winds...

August 28, 2008 — David Biello

Game-playing astronauts infect NASA computers with virus

Computer viruses—the scourge of technology on Earth—have now become a problem in space, too. NASA has confirmed that the malevolent programs have also posed problems in computers astronauts bring with them on missions, the latest occurring when laptops infected with the Gammima.AG virus were ferried to the International Space Station (ISS) last month...

August 27, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Help wanted: Election Day techies to monitor e-voting mess

Do you have an affinity for technology? Did you do well in civics class? Are you free on November 4? If you meet all of these criteria, then you might feel compelled to take a temporary job on Election Day this year as a volunteer election site worker or an electronic voting machine technician...

August 26, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Could RFID and satellites help fight kidnappers?

The use of microchips to track people (such as those embedded in hospital wristbands) and products (those uncomfortable tags on clothing that have to be cut off prior to wearing) has come under fire from civil rights groups who claim that big corporations are using this technology as a tool for spying...

August 26, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

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