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  • NSF requests $7 billion to fund research

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    The National Science Foundation on Thursday said that it had requested a budget of $7 billion for fiscal year 2010 to fund basic science and technology research at U.S. universities.
  • NASA: Lawn mower-sized robots may build lunar outpost

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    Robots the size of riding lawn mowers could be used to start building a lunar outpost before humans make their next trip to the moon, according to a study by researchers at Astrobotic Technology Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.
  • British doc says social networking is bad for your health

    Posted February 24, 2009 - 10:38 am

    When that annoying woman you went to high school with "superpokes" you, it might not just be irritating; it might also be bad for your health.
  • Scientists hard at work to destroy romance once and for all

    Posted February 19, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Like everything good and beautiful in this life, love is now being quantified by cold-hearted scientists, who are learning the precise combination of chemicals in the brain that delude people into thinking that their lives have somehow been completed by another person.
  • Four Years Later: Unlearned Lessons of ChoicePoint

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 11:25 am

    It's been four years since data broker ChoicePoint acknowledged the data security breach that put it in the middle of a media firestorm and pushed data protection to the top of the infosecurity community's priority list. Since then, much bigger incidents have occurred, most notably the TJX data breach and most recently the Heartland Payment Systems data breach .
  • Japan launches greenhouse gas observation satellite

    Posted January 23, 2009 - 11:03 am

    Japan successfully launched on Friday a satellite that promises to provide greater insight into climate changes caused by greenhouse gases.
  • Obama plans to keep his BlackBerry

    Posted January 17, 2009 - 6:13 pm

    President-elect Barack Obama told CNN today he had a plan to "hang onto" his beloved BlackBerry, but did not explain how he would overcome legal and security concerns. The revelation came in an interview with CNN's John King in which Obama said, "I think we're going to be able to beat this back."
  • Your Genome is Just a Click Away

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 1:42 pm

    In the 1997 science fiction thriller Gattaca, Ethan Hawke's character fights to make a life for himself in a world where pervasive genetic testing and manipulation has left the imperfect by the wayside. At the time, it was easy to dismiss the film as a futuristic flight of fancy, but, as often happens in technology, the science of genomics followed a "hockey stick" curve.
  • CSI: Bodily fluids

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 10:29 am

    Cops are using DNA from the most unlikely places -- tobacco-spit stains and blood-filled mosquitos -- to solve crimes.
  • NZ 747 goes biofuel

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    New Zealand, which is working hard to cut down its carbon emissions, is developing a jumbo jet engine that can run partly on vegetable oil. Mmmm french fries.
  • Ancient ruins meet modern science

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    As it turns out, satellites are good for more than peeping on sunbathing celebs. They're also pretty handy at helping archaeologists re-discover lost cities.
  • Biochemist turned van driver gets trip to Sweden for Nobel assistance

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 10:54 am

    I worked on a Nobel Prize winning gene and all I got was a lousy trip to Sweden.
  • Astronauts say "yipee!" to urine drinking

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 5:45 pm

    One of the most critical things that the space shuttle Endeavour delivered to the International Space Station last week was a system that would allow the astronauts on board to recycle their own urine into drinkable water. Gross, yes, but vital if the station's crew complement is to be expanded from 3 to 6 next year as planned ... and it took a while to get it up and running. "There will be dancing later," mission controllers replied when informed that the pee-drinking was finally ready to commence.
  • NASA sniffs out trouble with electronic nose

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:02 pm

    Astronauts living onboard the International Space Station install what could be a life-saving gadget -- an electronic nose.
  • Annals of science

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 12:15 pm

    Researchers aim to cure Indian 'wolf boy'; Your phone may feel the flu before you do; How technology is rewiring our brains and making us socially awkward.
  • Spider loose on the International Space Station?

    Posted November 30, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    Two spiders have been launched into space to examine the effects of zero-gravity on their Web spinning. The problem: only one of them seems to be in their little spider home at the moment.
  • They saved Copernicus' skull

    Posted November 27, 2008 - 9:18 pm

    Some clever DNA detective work has confirmed that some bones found under one of the side altars in the Roman Catholic cathedral in Frombork, Poland were in fact those of Nicholas Copernicus.
  • Mission possible: The Internet in space

    Posted November 20, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    In space, no one can hear you scream. But scoring an Internet hookup suddenly isn't out of the question.
  • Rude robots, stay away from homes

    Posted November 19, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    Robots may look cool, but if badly programmed, they can be insolent during social interaction with humans, a researcher said on Tuesday.
  • Downed Hadron Collider faces $21M in repairs

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 4:10 pm

    Late in September, CERN disclosed that a faulty electrical connection had knocked the collider offline till next spring. Now, it looks like it will cost upwards of $21 million to get the collider operational again.
  • Annals of science: Mexican researchers turn tequila into diamonds

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    Now here is research we can all get behind. Mexican scientists have figured out how to turn tequila into diamonds. The most I ever got out of tequila is a big headache with a side of regret.
  • NASA continues to pepper Australia with space garbage

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 5:28 pm

    A short 29 years after the Skylab space station landed in bits across southwestern Australia, an ammonia tank from the International Space Station has splashed down in the South Pacific.
  • NASA's Mars Lander tweets and blogs about its death

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 5:36 pm

    The Phoenix Mars Lander's last words posted on Twitter: "Take care of that beautiful blue marble out there in space, our home planet. I'll be keeping an eye from here."
  • Scientists invest time, money in tiny-ball-whacking research

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 12:10 pm

    Turns out that golf isn't "all in the wrists." Also, it turns out that researchers can spend a lot of money figuring that out.
  • Human evolution over: This is as good as it gets

    Posted October 23, 2008 - 11:14 am

    A British geneticist claims that most of the environmental factors that drive natural selection have been eliminated in modern civilization, meaning that human evolution is at an end. Looks like the pinky toe is here to stay!
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