For the past year or so, I've been working on a documentary project with Detroit Public Television called "Beyond the Light Switch." It's taken me from the ARPA-e conference in Washington, D.C., to the frack fields of North Texas...
SAN DIEGO—Tens upon tens of thousands of people in the U.S. use cochlear implants, a bionic ear-like device that can restore hearing to the profoundly hearing impaired.
There is no shortage of lore surrounding Tycho Brahe. For starters, the 16th-century Danish astronomer famously lost part of his nose at age 20 in a duel with another nobleman and thereafter wore a metal prosthesis on his face...
SAN DIEGO—"Trust in a Bottle." That's the marketing slogan for a product called Liquid Trust, a spray that purportedly increases trust.Don't buy it.
DNA evidence has been used to link suspects to crime scenes and even to people they might have infected with HIV. Now, using tools from evolutionary biology, researchers have shown that they can establish the direction of transmission of HIV in criminal cases involving men who intentionally infected women partners during unprotected sex...
BOULDER—Thin clouds of dust blow off the west coast of Africa toward the Caribbean; wisps of black carbon emissions roil over the U.S. These big-picture global chemical equations can often get lost deep in complex climate datasets...
On November 10 the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a body created by President Obama to find solutions to the nation's budgetary woes, released a draft list of "illustrative" cuts that could save taxpayers $200 billion a year by 2015...
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced Wednesday that it is extending for another year its Green Technology Pilot Program to fast-track the evaluation of patent applications for "cleantech," including inventions related to environmental quality, energy conservation, development of renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction...
Good news for those who think that anti-smoking warning labels aren't prominent enough on cigarette packs and cartons (bad news for the squeamish though)—the U.S.
Does Bjorn Lomborg add value to the global warming conversation or does he set it back? That depends on whom you ask. In 2008 The Guardian named the Danish academic and author of the 2004 controversial bestseller The Skeptical Environmentalist "one of the 50 people who could save the planet." In contrast, many see him as a disruptive and even damaging force in the ongoing debate regarding humanity's best course for dealing with global warming.A similar dichotomy characterizes the political discussion, at least in the United States, around the issue of climate change...
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