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Toyota to offer car powered by the sun?

Toyota won't just be adding solar panels to its popular Prius gas-electric hybrid car—like the solar electric conversion kit seen at left—it'll be powering a version of it exclusively via sunshine, according to The Nikkei , Japan's business newspaper...

January 5, 2009 — David Biello
Infecting Mosquitoes Before They Infect Us

Infecting Mosquitoes Before They Infect Us

A study in the journal Science shows that infecting disease-carrying mosquitoes with the bacteria Wolbachia could be an effective way to cut their lives--and infectious capacity--short...

January 2, 2009

Health reporters should have 'higher standards,' commentary says

Health journalists are getting scolded by one of their own. Susan Dentzer, a correspondent for PBS's the NewsHour , argues in a commentary in today's New England Journal of Medicine that medical reporters too often get the facts wrong, fail to provide context about new research, and hype treatments that don’t deserve the coverage...

December 31, 2008 — Jordan Lite
50 Years Ago: A Witness at the Scopes Trial

50 Years Ago: A Witness at the Scopes Trial

In 1925 a Tennessee teacher of biology named Thomas Scopes was tried for teaching the theory of evolution. An expert witness at the trial relates how evolution lost in court but won in the eyes of the nation...

December 31, 2008 — Fay-Cooper Cole

The day Microsoft's Zunes stood still

It wasn't exactly the day the Earth stood still, but for some Microsoft Zune users, it might as well have been when their mp3 players (specifically, the 30 gigabyte models) all crashed at the same time earlier today, rendering them useless...

December 31, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

The Manhattan Project and the Met

The Metropolitan Opera's production of the new opera Doctor Atomic aired on PBS on December 29th. We'll hear from Manhattan Project veterans Roy Glauber (Nobel laureate), Murray Peshkin, Leonard Jossem, Al Bartlett, Hans Courant, Harold Agnew, Benjamin Bederson, who spoke at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York...

December 31, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

At AGAP camp at last

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 fifteenth 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 —Yesterday morning the sky at the South Pole had the kind of ‘iffy’ look that made my stomach turn.  Instead of the normal brilliant blue, there were clouds on the horizon and sparkling ice crystals blowing past in the air...

December 30, 2008 — Robin Bell

No Truth to the Fountain of Youth

Fifty-one scientists who study aging have issued a warning to the public: no anti-aging remedy on the market today has been proved effective. Here's why they are speaking up

December 29, 2008 — S. Jay Olshansky, Leonard Hayflick and Bruce A. Carnes

Men's Chess Superiority Explained

A study published by the Royal Society finds that men's superiority over women at chess at the top levels can be explained by population size. Since many more men play, there's a wider range of abilities, meaning more individuals at the very top...

December 29, 2008
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