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Rebel Republicans break rank to back House climate bill

In a video posted on YouTube, Congressman Mark Kirk (R–Ill.) looks up from a 1300-page stack of papers and says, “I’m on page 587, reading about ‘Alternative Metrics and Threshold Review’ and I’ve got many more hours to go before the vote and a couple hundred more pages.” 

Apparently, the riveting read was enough to convince the Kirk and seven other Republicans to vote for the American Clean Energy and Security Act...

June 29, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

How Does Geothermal Drilling Trigger Earthquakes?

People living near a geothermal drilling project in fault-riddled northern California are worried about more earthquakes after a similar project triggered a major jolt in Switzerland. A seismologist explains the forces at work...

June 29, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Grassoline: Biofuels beyond Corn

Scientists are turning agricultural leftovers, wood and fast-growing grasses into a huge variety of biofuels—even jet fuel. But before these next-generation biofuels go mainstream, they have to compete with oil at $60 a barrel...

June 29, 2009 — George W. Huber and Bruce E. Dale

NASA gains Senate support over budget cuts proposed by House

The budgetary committee of the U.S. Senate yesterday approved a bill that would give NASA all the money President Obama requested for the agency for fiscal year 2010, undoing a proposed House cut of roughly half a billion dollars...

June 26, 2009 — John Matson

Michael Jackson and cardiac arrest

Michael Jackson, the moon-walking pop star who once patented "anti-gravity" shoes to enhance his stage performances, died of cardiac arrest yesterday at age 50.

June 26, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Hello Moon, Good-Bye Rennie

We look at the contents of the July issue of Scientific American magazine, the last under outgoing Editor in Chief John Rennie, including an article by moon explorer Harrison Schmitt, a piece on the fight against superbugs, a report on the potential of biofuels such as grassoline, and a recollection of the pernicious effects of chess!...

June 26, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
Wind's Power Potential Quantified

Wind's Power Potential Quantified

In a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers calculate that U.S. wind turbines could produce 16 times the electricity we now use. Karen Hopkin reports...

June 26, 2009

NASA climate researcher Hansen arrested at coal-mining protest

James Hansen, NASA's chief climate scientist, was arrested Tuesday while protesting against mountaintop coal mining in West Virginia.

Hansen was taking part in a demonstration organized by the Rainforest Action Network and that included actress Daryl Hannah, 94-year-old former Representative Ken Hechler (D-WV), and noted environmentalist Judy Bonds.  He was one of 31 people cited and released for blocking traffic and obstructing an officer on a road near Massey Energy Company's Goals Coal plant, the Associated Press reported...

June 25, 2009 — Brendan Borrell
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