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40 Years of Fukushima Cleanup: Timeline

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:30:00 EST

Last March a tsunami damaged the reactor cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing the leak of high levels of radiation. Owner Tokyo Electric Power Company recently released its 40-year cleanup plan.

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5 High-Tech Space-Junk Solutions

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 06:30:00 EST

It's a mess up there. Earth orbit is crowded with not only working satellites but also defunct orbiters, pieces of old rockets, and other miscellany. How will we clean up the refuse of the Space Age?

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A Fuel Cell That Cleans Water and Makes Electricity—Simultaneously

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 04:10:00 EST

The new design devised by a team of Penn State graduate researchers opens up a future of sustainable wastewater treatment.

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2012 Tornado Season Off to Explosive Start

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 01:00:00 EST

On Friday, deadly tornadoes ripped through Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, and many other states. How bad was the outbreak, historically, and is the U.S. about to endure an extreme tornado season?

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How Powerful Was a T. rex Bite?

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 09:30:00 EST

The jaws of a Tyrannosaurus could have been able to match the force of an elephant’s weight, according to new research from England.

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How Raven, the Open-Source Surgical Robot, Could Change Medicine

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:00:00 EST

When researchers at the University of Washington created a new version of Raven, their robotic surgical assistant, they allowed the bots to work with open-source code and sent out Raven IIs to research labs around the country.

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Smartphone Shrink: 5 Apps To Help Your Mental Health

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:30:00 EST

There are hundreds of apps to track, analyze, and improve physical health, and even some tools to diagnose them. Now, researchers are exploring ways that your smartphone can improve mental health, too.

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MRI Lets Scientists See Inside Batteries

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:30:00 EST

It’s easy to tell when a battery is dead. But engineers who want to build better batteries can’t see inside them to study the finer points of chemistry without cutting them open and ruining them.

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Why Is Everyone So Fascinated With the Far Side of the Moon?

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:00:00 EST

Robotic spacecraft have spied on the moon’s far side since 1959, so why are scientists and filmmakers suddenly so interested in this remote region?

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Science on Ice: What It's Like to Live and Work in Antarctica

Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:30:00 EST

Palmer Station is the smallest of the United States' three year-round Antarctic research bases. It also has one of the biggest missions: understanding why the West Antarctica Peninsula is changing more rapidly than almost any place on Earth.

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The Robot Fish That Led to Better Dam Designs

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:30:00 EST

Tom Carlson starting building robotic fish to figure out how salmon were being harmed and killed as they swam through dams. Today that research is helping companies design better hydropower turbines.

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Will Hurricanes Wipe Out Offshore Wind Farms?

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 04:00:00 EST

A new study says that the high winds of severe storms could wreck nearly half of U.S. offshore wind turbines within a 20-year period. Can turbine builders make hurricane-resistant wind farms?

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Coming Soon to NYC: Futuristic Trash Tubes?

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 06:00:00 EST

America’s garbage-collection system is polluting, outdated, and becoming more expensive. Can underground trash tubes solve the problem?

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The Chase to Reach Antarctica's Untouched Lakes

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:00:00 EST

The Russians have broken through into Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s largest subglacial lake. But British and American teams plan to make their own descent into similar lakes later this year.

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Elon Musk on SpaceX’s Reusable Rocket Plans

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 06:00:00 EST

SpaceX is hard at work trying to design rocket parts that can fly themselves back to the launchpad for reuse. We talked to founder Elon Musk about how far the company’s designs have come.

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12 Ways the World Could (Really) End in 2012

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 06:30:00 EST

Forget the Mayan nonsense. Goofy prophecies and Mesoamerican calendars won't bring about the end of civilization, but there are at least a dozen scientifically valid ways the apocalypse could arrive before 2012 is out.

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Seeing the Impossibly Small: 10 Wild Scientific Visualizations

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 02:00:00 EST

Every year, Science and the National Science Foundation team up to award prizes to visual works "that engage viewers by conveying the complex substance of science through art." PM talked to some of the artists and scientists that designed our fav

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How Much Life Is Left in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline?

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 03:00:00 EST

The oil companies that run the Trans-Alaska Pipeline suggest that if oil flows drop too low, the line could be compromised.

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The Race to Build a Real Star Trek Tricorder

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:30:00 EST

The X Prize Foundation has announced its next multimillion-dollar contest. The X Prize is asking scientists to envision and build the equivalent of Star Trek's medical tricorder, a device that can remotely diagnose any malady in patients.

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PM Visits Mojave's Burgeoning Private Spaceport

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:00:00 EST

At the Mojave Air and Space Port out in California, spacecraft builders like Scaled Composites, XCOR, and Masten Space Systems are hard at work testing the next-generation private vehicles. PM paid a visit to this hub of the private space industry.

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