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Honey, we shrunk the food -- really, really fast

Policymakers may not intend to keep us trim when they're pondering how to manage fisheries and other wild food resources. But a new study indicates that our current food-harvesting practices are making the stuff we eat smaller—very quickly...

January 15, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Bush: Gray wolves aren't endangered any more

Most gray wolves will no longer be protected following a ruling yesterday by the Bush administration.

The Interior Department yesterday announced that dwindling wolf populations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Idaho and Montana had been sufficiently replenished to strip them of their endangered status...

January 15, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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Editor's note: Marine geophysicist Robin Bell is leading an expedition to Antarctica to explore a mysterious mountain range beneath the ice sheet. Following is the seventeenth of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com's in-depth report on the "Future of the Poles." AGAP SOUTH CAMP, ANTARCTICA—Weather pinned us down most of the time between Christmas and New Year's Day.  Since the weather cleared, we have been trying to fly whenever we can...

January 15, 2009 — Robin Bell

Detroit auto show reveals electric future

DETROIT-- The North American International Auto Show held this week was positively electric in an economically dark world in which buyers shun gas guzzlers and manufacturers struggle to go green as well as convince consumers to fork over tight funds...

January 14, 2009 — Hank Green

Is combating climate change worth the cost?

It's a topic that is likely to come up more and more after President-elect Barack Obama moves into the White House next week. Obama has said that preventing and reversing global warming will be a top priority in his administration—a change from the previous administration's stance that voluntary efforts would be enough—likely through a mandatory cap-and-trade scheme...

January 14, 2009 — David Biello

Australia, land of two-headed fish

Scientists in Australia are looking at fish larvae there as if they have two heads—because they do.

Millions of larvae in the country’s Noosa River were found to have grown two noggins, and chemicals from a nearby macadamia nut farm may be to blame for the defect...

January 14, 2009 — Jordan Lite

GM to Manufacture Automotive Batteries in the U.S.

At first, of course, someone else is going to have to manufacture the batteries the the Volt (and whatever other E-REV options the automaker comes up with.) But after the first couple of years, the automotive giant will be making its own batteries at a facility (hopefully) in Michigan...

January 13, 2009 — Hank Green

Toyota unveils next-generation Prius

2010 Prius to Get 50 MPG, Solar Roof Toyota just unveiled the third-generation Toyota Prius, a car that has absolutely revolutionized the industry and what it means to be environmentally conscious in a car-centric world...

January 13, 2009 — Hank Green

The Green Cars of NAIAS 2009

As we just noted in our rather last, rather sobering post, there isn't going to be a lot of gravy at this year's North American International Auto Show...but that doesn't mean there won't be a lot of high quality meat, especially for the greens...

January 12, 2009 — Hank Green
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