Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:30:00 ESTLast 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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Thu, 08 Mar 2012 06:30:00 ESTIt'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?
Tue, 06 Mar 2012 04:10:00 ESTThe new design devised by a team of Penn State graduate researchers opens up a future of sustainable wastewater treatment.
Tue, 06 Mar 2012 01:00:00 ESTOn 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?
Sun, 04 Mar 2012 09:30:00 ESTThe jaws of a Tyrannosaurus could have been able to match the force of an elephants weight, according to new research from England.
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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 10:00:00 ESTWhen 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.
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:30:00 ESTThere 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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:30:00 ESTIts easy to tell when a battery is dead. But engineers who want to build better batteries cant see inside them to study the finer points of chemistry without cutting them open and ruining them.
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:00:00 ESTRobotic spacecraft have spied on the moons far side since 1959, so why are scientists and filmmakers suddenly so interested in this remote region?
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Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:30:00 ESTPalmer 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.
Wed, 15 Feb 2012 04:30:00 ESTTom 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.
Tue, 14 Feb 2012 04:00:00 ESTA 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?
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 06:00:00 ESTAmericas garbage-collection system is polluting, outdated, and becoming more expensive. Can underground trash tubes solve the problem?
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Wed, 08 Feb 2012 06:00:00 ESTThe Russians have broken through into Lake Vostok, Antarcticas largest subglacial lake. But British and American teams plan to make their own descent into similar lakes later this year.
Tue, 07 Feb 2012 06:00:00 ESTSpaceX 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 companys designs have come.
Tue, 07 Feb 2012 06:30:00 ESTForget 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.
Thu, 02 Feb 2012 02:00:00 ESTEvery 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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Wed, 01 Feb 2012 03:00:00 ESTThe oil companies that run the Trans-Alaska Pipeline suggest that if oil flows drop too low, the line could be compromised.
Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:30:00 ESTThe 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.
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:00:00 ESTAt 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.