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Misreading Climate Change on Scientific American

We appreciate the attention that the November feature article "Climate Heretic," by Michael Lemonick, is receiving. But some have misread Scientific American 's intent.For instance, two sites, Climate Progress and FAIR, accuse Scientific American of having "jumped the shark" on climate...

October 28, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina

TEDMED 2010: Technology and the people

SAN DIEGO— On day two of TEDMED, running between Oct. 27 and 30, three themes stood out: the difference between children and adults for therapies; the connection between animals, people and disease; and how genetics will shape health care.Frances Jensen of Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston explained the dramatic differences between developing and adult brains...

October 28, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina

What does HIV sound like? [Audio]

There is no question that HIV is an ugly virus in terms of human health. Each year, it infects some 2.7 million additional people and leads to some two million deaths from AIDS.

October 27, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

TEDMED 2010: Medicine tries some new ideas

SAN DIEGO—Not everything you try will work, but you need to try lots of ideas. That was advice here from Nathan Myhrvold, founder of Intellectual Ventures and former chief technology officer at Microsoft, on the opening evening of the TEDMED conference, held from October 27 through 29...

October 27, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina

What will space tourism mean for climate change?

If space tourism ever becomes big business, as plenty of well-heeled backers hope, the danger of the enterprise might not be confined to those who book a ride to the edge of space.

October 23, 2010 — John Matson

How much money was your doctor paid by a drug company?

It's no secret that many doctors get paid by pharmaceutical companies to talk to other docs—about general conditions, research trends or specific drugs—or to provide expertise for company research...

October 21, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

U.S. Science & Engineering Festival culminates this weekend on the National Mall

It's common knowledge that the U.S. no longer produces enough scientists and engineers to keep pace with the rest of the world. Now, the organizers of the USA Science & Engineering Festival are doing something about it, with a two-week, nationwide extravaganza for left-brain-leaning young people that culminates this weekend in Washington, D.C...

October 21, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

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