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Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific American

Could too many home workers during a pandemic cripple the Internet?

Telecommuting has long been touted as an effective way to alleviate rush-hour traffic congestion (and pollution), help companies save money by using less office space and resources, and provide workers with a great deal of flexibility in their schedules...

October 27, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Microsoft Windows 7 has arrived...to mixed reviews

As Microsoft unleashes Windows 7 on the world Thursday, the consensus among those who have already taken the new operating system out for a spin is that while it's no PC panacea, at least it's not a repeat of the mistakes Microsoft made with Vista, which was launched in January 2007...

October 22, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

FDA to beef up standards for "health" food labeling

Currently abundant on most grocery store shelves, seals of approval for purportedly healthful food selections may become scarcer in the coming year. Some labels claiming foods are "smart choices" or "heart healthy" are patently misleading, according to the U.S...

October 21, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

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