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Tesla Motors sputters as Big Three get jump-start

Chrysler, Ford and GM are busy using up the $25-billion jump-start they received last month and their economic outlook is far from rosy. But it is the upstarts—in specific, electric car company Tesla Motors—facing the roughest road because they don't have the track record for access to cheap cash...

October 16, 2008 — David Biello

No peace for science: International mediator takes Nobel Peace Prize

ScientificAmerican.com was up early again this morning checking the Nobel Prize Web site, waiting for the peace prize announcement. If you're wondering why, you'll recall that science and the environment have played a role in two of the last three Nobel Peace Prizes: Last year’s award to the U.N...

October 10, 2008 — David Biello

Nuclear proliferation: Are we moving toward Cold War 2.0?

If you thought the Cold War was over—that long nuclear standoff that shaped the last five decades of the 20th century—think again. Following his American counterpart, and perhaps prompted by new tensions over the war in Georgia and the agreement between the U.S...

September 30, 2008 — David Biello

Greenhouse gas pollution up despite economic downturn

Despite a slowing global economy, carbon dioxide emissions continued to rise in 2007, according to energy use figures from oil company BP—jumping to 8.47 billion metric tons of the most common greenhouse gas responsible for global warming or 2.9 percent higher than the last year's total...

September 26, 2008 — David Biello

Rock of (old) ages surfaces in Canada

The world's oldest rock has been found along the eastern shore of Hudson Bay in northern Quebec. The rock, a chunk of ancient volcanic deposits, is around  4.28 billion years old—or 250 million years older than the previous record-holder, the Acasta gneiss in northwestern Canada...

September 26, 2008 — David Biello
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World