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New York State proposes iPod tax

Want to download tunes to your iPod? You may have to pay a premium—at least in New York Gov. David Paterson, desperate for ways to narrow the projected (and ever-expanding) $15.4-billion budget deficit, yesterday proposed taxing just about anything he could to raise much-needed cash, including digital music downloads...

December 17, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Almost calibrated

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 eleventh of her updates on the effort as part of ScientificAmerican.com 's in-depth report on the "Future of the Poles." McMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA (December 10) -- Flying over any town is an unusual request and McMurdo is not an exception.  When I asked if we could fly at 1,000 feet over town, I was greeted with skeptical looks.  McMurdo is nestled beneath a valley between Observation Hill and Hut Point.  The request sounded like a boondoggle.  I had to explain that to ensure the laser is correctly aligned with the aircraft frame, we have fly over pointed roofs.  Our Reigl laser is developed in Austria where there are ample pointed roofs for calibrating the instrument.  There are not many pointed roofs in Antarctica so flying over McMurdo seemed like the obvious answer...

December 17, 2008 — Robin Bell

Fruit Flies, Fragile X and Foolery

A study in the journal Nature Neuroscience shows that fixing damage to a specific fruit fly gene appears to correct memory problems, which could point to possible treatments for fragile X syndrome in humans (despite Sarah Palin's negative campaign comments about fruit fly research)...

December 16, 2008
Obama Names Energy Secretary, EPA Chief

Obama Names Energy Secretary, EPA Chief

Picks reflect the incoming administration's promised commitment to science as well as shifts in current energy and environment policies

December 15, 2008 — David Biello

What does Barack Obama's brain look like?

Barack Obama still has a month before his inauguration as the 44th U.S. president, but there have already been a number of attempts to get inside his brain.

December 15, 2008 — Karen Schrock
EPA Pick Hit for New Jersey Record

EPA Pick Hit for New Jersey Record

Some colleagues have accused Lisa Jackson, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, of being too cozy with industry, but environmentalists defend her

December 15, 2008 — Joaquin Sapien and ProPublica
Cleaning the Air Helps Cool the Planet

Cleaning the Air Helps Cool the Planet

Emissions cuts offer "greatest potential for substantial, simultaneous improvements in local air quality and near-term mitigation."

December 15, 2008 — Douglas Fischer
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