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Patent office extends green tech fast-tracking for another year

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...

November 11, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

Mystery virus threatens an already critically endangered Australian parrot species

The orange-bellied parrot ( Neophema chrysogaster ), one of the world's most critically endangered birds, could lose its bid at survival as a virus threatens its vitally important captive breeding program.The unidentified stomach virus that has struck the program causes the birds to lose their feathers and weakens their immune systems, Shane Radial, a veterinary professor with Charles Sturt University, told the Australian Broadcasting Co...

November 11, 2010 — John Platt

Food for thought: Musings on sustenance and what makes us human

Euell Gibbons’ Stalking the Wild Asparagus is illustrated only with ink sketches of the plants, so it is hardly a field guide for a modern aspiring forager; and since he suggests adding butter and/or bacon to almost every vegetable he finds, it is not really suitable as a contemporary cookbook either...

November 11, 2010 — Diana Gitig
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In a new documentary, Bjorn Lomborg says "Cool It"

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...

November 10, 2010 — Mike Orcutt
Oil spill's toxic trade-off

Oil spill's toxic trade-off

Dispersed oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster could be more dangerous to wildlife than reports suggest.

November 10, 2010

Ssssuccessss: World's rarest snake is back from the brink

Fifteen years ago, the future looked bleak for the Antiguan racer ( Alsophis antiguae ), the world's rarest snake. In 1995 just 50 of the creatures survived on the isolated 8.4-hectare Great Bird Island off of Antigua in the Caribbean...

November 5, 2010 — John Platt
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