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The axolotl —a foot-long amphibian reputed by the Aztecs to be a transformed god (but eaten anyway)—is in danger of disappearing for good, like so many of its fellow amphibians...
If you care about global health, sanitation or just clean water, then you'll care about the eighth annual World Toilet Summit and Expo in Macau, China.
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Sci-fi novelist Michael Crichton, who made dinosaurs, DNA and emergency-room dramas populist Hollywood fodder, has died. He was 66.
Crichton died today of cancer, according to news reports...
The Anthrax attacks in 2001 led to a massive increase in biodefense funding, which critics claim has done more harm than good
Voters also okay doctor-assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research and more...
Our emotional well-being may be affected by our addiction to technology and the great amount of time we spend indoors
Among the many pressing issues that President-elect Barack Obama will face when he takes office in January is climate change, which he has called an “immediate threat” and warned has made Earth a “planet in peril.” In an effort to prevent and reverse the problem, he supports a so-called cap-and-trade scheme similar to one now in effect in the U.S...
The World Toilet Summit, underway in Macau, looks to improve sanitation for the 2.5 billion people without hygienic toilets. Steve Mirsky reports. More info at www.worldtoiletevents.com
Narrowing the gene pool to enhance meat and egg production in chickens could provoke some unintended consequences
An effort to be more environmentally friendly when making semiconductors may have real climate-changing consequences
Is there a way to travel the country by RV without guzzling gas?
A third of all commercially harvested seafood goes to animals, which could undermine the entire oceanic food web. Adam Hinterthuer reports
It's official: The South Pole is also succumbing to human-induced climate change