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How much in subsidies do fossil fuels get anyway?

At least some members of the Obama administration plan to call for an end to fossil-fuel subsidies as part of next week's G20 economic leaders summit, citing positive impacts ranging from improved energy security to combating climate change...

September 18, 2009 — David Biello

NASA's moon orbiter returns promising early data in the hunt for lunar water ice

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched in June to survey the moon with an eye toward a human return there, is already hard at work. At a news conference from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., NASA presented preliminary results from the spacecraft's instruments, which have just finished a transition from the commissioning to operational phases...

September 17, 2009 — John Matson

Lack of insurance causes more than 44,000 U.S. deaths annually, study says

Going without health insurance can delay when people obtain primary and preventative care, potentially resulting in poorer health. Even more gravely, a lack of private health insurance brings an increased risk of death; uninsurance is to blame for some 44,789 adult deaths across the U.S...

September 17, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Recovered meteorite points to an unusual origin

Meteorites can reveal a lot about the composition and formation of their parent bodies, but such postcards from beyond come with no return address, making their provenance difficult to establish...

September 17, 2009 — John Matson

One in six Mediterranean mammals in trouble

The latest regional update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species finds bad news for mammals living around the Mediterranean. One in six species in the area are now threatened with extinction, according to the IUCN report, "The Status and Distribution of Mediterranean Mammals,"—the first major assessment of mammals in this region...

September 17, 2009 — John Platt

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