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      March 22, 2009Environment

      Globe dives into World Water Day

      Happy World Water Day! Today is the 16th annual United Nations-sponsored water awareness day. This year's theme "Sharing Waters Sharing Opportunities" aims to up knowledge about all of the bodies of fresh water (263 by the U.N.'s count) that cross – or create – international borders...
      March 6, 2009Health

      Companies voluntarily banish BPA from bottles

      As politicos bandy about the issue of banning bisphenol A (BPA), the hard-plastic additive that's been linked to a host of health problems, several companies have recently announced that they will banish it from their baby products...
      November 22, 2010Health

      Second human embryonic stem cell trial cleared by FDA

      An embryonic stem cell treatment for a rare inherited form of blindness was approved Monday for clinical trials. This is only the second human embryonic stem cell-based trial to be approved by the U.S...
      February 23, 2010Biology

      In the water: Arsenic's tumor-triggering mechanism discovered

      Arsenic exposure has long been linked to cancer, but just how the toxic element triggers tumor growth has been unknown.

      A new study, published online February 23 in the journal Cancer Research , describes for the first time the impact of arsenic on crucial signals among the body's cells—a potentially potent discovery for the 100 million people worldwide whose drinking water exceeds arsenic levels recommended by the World Health Organization...
      March 4, 2010Evolution

      Dinosaurlike creature spread in Triassic times

      It looked like a dinosaur, walked like a dinosaur, and ate like, well, some dinosaurs, but a newly discovered species of archosaur, which lived 240 million years ago, was not a dinosaur...
      March 24, 2009The Sciences

      Pollan hopes for star farmers, more local food

      Bestselling food author and backyard naturalist Michael Pollan says that for the first time in decades, farms in the U.S. are on the rise. Since the 1940s, the number of farms across the country has been in steady decline, as ag giants gobble up acres, and family farms struggle to compete in a global market...
      April 1, 2009The Sciences

      April fools gets geeky: Can you spot the genuine story?

      Did any of this year's April Fools Day gags get your goose? Test your nerd knowledge by pinpointing the actual story below. (Props to TechCrunch for pulling together an impressive fools list.)

      Cloud computing in the sky
      In an effort to keep cloud computing moving at the speed of light, Amazon Web Services has introduced Floating Amazon Cloud Environment (FACE)...
      April 2, 2009The Sciences

      (Death) march of the penguins

      More than 1,000 penguins were found dead on the shores of southern Chile last weekend, reports Australia's Brisbane Times (and noted by ProMED-mail).
      May 12, 2009Space & Physics

      Pluto's namer outlives planet's status, dies at age 90

      The "trans-Neptunian body," once known and loved as the solar system's ninth planet, was confirmed in photographs in February 1930. But what to call this cold, distant planet?
      May 18, 2009The Sciences

      Komodo dragon kills with venom, not bacteria

      Komodo dragons ( Varanus komodoensis ) can't chomp as hard as crocodiles and aren't as massive as grizzly bears, so how do they kill huge deer and even humans?
      May 20, 2009Environment

      EPA to rate computer servers with Energy Star

      The feds rate the energy efficiency of everything from air conditioners to dishwashers—and now you can add computer servers to the list. The U.S
      May 28, 2009Health

      Genetic survey finds healthy human skin is crawling with bacteria

      Think a good antibacterial hand soap is keeping your skin relatively microbe and bacteria free? You might want to think again.

      Scientists and germophobes alike have long known that human skin—from head to toe—is literally crawling with bacteria and microbes...
      September 15, 2009Health

      FDA approves H1N1 swine flu vaccines

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the long-awaited vaccines for the H1N1 "swine" flu virus this afternoon. It is expected to be available in a month at about 90,000 locations nationwide, the Associated Press reported. 

      "We will have enough vaccine available for everyone," Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, said in an address to Congress today, the AP reports...
      September 21, 2009Mind & Brain

      How torture may inhibit accurate confessions

      The ethics of enhanced interrogation techniques, detailed in a series of White House memos earlier this year, have come under growing fire in Washington and around the world.
      October 9, 2009Health

      Is an HPV vaccine for boys cost-effective?

      An advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of Gardasil, a vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), for use in males.
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