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FDA approves H1N1 swine flu vaccines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the long-awaited vaccines for the H1N1 "swine" flu virus this afternoon. It is expected to be available in a month at about 90,000 locations nationwide, the Associated Press reported. 

"We will have enough vaccine available for everyone," Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, said in an address to Congress today, the AP reports...

September 15, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Jupiter borrowed a passing comet to make a moon for 12 years

The middle of the 20th century was an eventful time in terms of Earth's geopolitics. In the spring of 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was taking shape, and simmering tensions in Korea hinted at the war that would begin there the following year...

September 15, 2009 — John Matson

Staph makes a splash: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found at public beaches

Bathers, beware. A trip to the beach could yield more than a damaging sunburn. According to a recent study, all nine sampled beaches in Washington State contained strains of the virulent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria—or related methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative Staphylococci —in the sand or water...

September 14, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Recession layoffs may threaten blood bank reserves

Some people joke that they "give blood" for their company, a metaphor for how hard they work. But nowadays, with high unemployment rates there are fewer workers available to literally give their blood to the American Red Cross and other organizations at on-the-job drives...

September 14, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Sniffing out toxic chemicals--With colors

Miners had canaries; physicists and medical technicians get radiation badges. But for those in other labs or factories with toxic chemicals, there has long been a need for practical sensors to warn workers when chemical concentrations get dangerous...

September 14, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

What will it take to produce "A Sea Change" in public opinion on ocean acidification?

How do you make a movie about changes to the ocean's chemistry? See here:



Sven Huseby and wife Barbara Ettinger have made a new documentary about ocean acidification, the other offspring (along with global warming) of the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere (and the one that can't be covered up with a good batch of geoengineering.) As a staffer at the marine environmental group Oceana once told me: "If the ocean goes, we're all toast."

A Sea Change premieres outside the film festival circuit this Sunday, September 13, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City at 4 P.M...

September 11, 2009 — David Biello

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