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Bubbles of Energy Are Found in Galaxy

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:08:31 GMT

Scientists discovered two bubbles of energy erupting from the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Telescope Is Behind Schedule and Over Budget, Panel Says

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:54:57 GMT

The project aimed at succeeding the Hubble would need increases of more than $200 million in both 2011 and 2012 to meet at 2015 launching date, the panel’s leader says.

Scientist at Work: In the Midst of Extraordinary Wildlife

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:00:52 GMT

In Ethiopia, geladas sleep on the very edges of cliffs. It's a wonder they survive.

Green: ‘The Story of Stuff’ 2.0: An E-Waste Sequel

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:55:20 GMT

A new cartoon video makes a plea for the design of electronic gadgets that last longer, have safe components and can be returned for recycling when they have outlived their usefulness.

At Some Nail Salons, Feeling Pretty and Green

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:11:30 GMT

In San Francisco, some salons are moving to identify establishments that use a so-called toxic trio of chemicals.

Books of The Times: Cancer as Old Foe and Goad to Science

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 04:30:05 GMT

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee writes a “biography” of cancer and of those who have fought it throughout history.

Paterson Wants New York to Slash Greenhouse Gases

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 07:10:04 GMT

Exiting Gov. David A. Paterson of New York has released an ambitious environmental plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Utility Official Suspended for an E-Mail Masquerade

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:03:02 GMT

The Pacific Gas and Electric executive in charge of the company’s smart meters used a fake name to join an online discussion organized by the program’s opponents.

Rare Hits and Heaps of Misses to Pay For

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 22:52:05 GMT

Research is not the risk-free business that might easily be supposed from the promises of scientific spokesmen or the daily reports of new advances.

Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 03:00:45 GMT

Three major technologies all have the potential to move from demonstration computers to practical, highly powerful machines.

Mining the Seafloor for Rare-Earth Minerals

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:57:38 GMT

China ended its embargo on rare-earth minerals late last month, but the hunt for other options continues.

Hints on Dark Matter and a Wealth of Planets

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:16 GMT

Planetary science and cosmology are ripe for big news: respectively, about habitable planets beyond our solar system, and about what the universe is made of.

For NASA, Closer Looks at Mercury and Mars

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:27 GMT

After a trip of six and a half years, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft will finally pull into orbit around Mercury, and a rover the size of an S.U.V. is expected to land on Mars.

Strides in Materials, but No Invisibility Cloak

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:17 GMT

Researchers are using artificially structured metamaterials to manipulate light or other electromagnetic waves in ways not achievable in nature.

And Now, Predictions We’ll Back 100 Percent

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:15 GMT

It’s a fool’s errand to make precise predictions about the future. Even the famously prescient often fall on their faces.

Scientist at Work: A Last Look at South American Birds

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 22:38:14 GMT

Fishes take center stage in a presentation on biodiversity in Peru, but there are plenty of birds to be excited about too.

Scientist at Work: In Iquitos, Turning Science Into Words

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 21:15:29 GMT

With the rapid biological inventory in Peru complete, scientists turn to their next task: writing it all down.

Green: New York Harbor, Then and Now

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:34:56 GMT

To mark the harbor's centennial, the city issues a report detailing the evolving history of wastewater treatment and other efforts to improve its health.

Green: E.P.A. Issues Guidance on New Emissions Rules

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:43:03 GMT

Cost and technical feasibility will be considered in requiring changes to plants' operations, the agency says.

Green: U.S. Dodges Bullet in Hurricane Season

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:46:59 GMT

Using statistical analysis, scientists suggested that the chances of the United States coast's being hit by a hurricane in a season this active were higher than 95 percent. But it didn't happen.

F.D.A. Unveils Proposed Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarette Packs

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 07:31:10 GMT

Designed to cover half the surface area of a pack, new proposed labels are meant to vividly remind smokers of tobacco’s dangers.

Driver Beware: Deer Collisions Peak in Mating Season

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:00:50 GMT

Collisions between deer and cars are generally on the rise, and worsen from October through December as bucks recklessly chase does, often across roadways.

A Novel Tactic in Climate Fight Gains Some Traction

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:00:50 GMT

Some policy experts are trying to use a highly successful international treaty that was ratified more than 20 years ago as a tool to curb climate change.

Glimpsing a Scientific Future as Fields Heat Up

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:38:21 GMT

Some advances are unpredictable, but others we see coming. We’re still waiting on gene therapy, though.

A Direct Hit of Drugs to Treat Brain Cancer

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:17 GMT

To battle glioblastoma, a brain tumor that fights off every known therapy, doctors are delivering drugs through blood vessels that go into the head.

Reporter's Notebook: For Edge on Alzheimer’s, Testing Early Treatments

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:56:39 GMT

Researchers are trying to determine when and how the brain begins to deteriorate. If drugs can be given sooner, they say, treatment might be more successful.

New Lines of Attack in H.I.V. Prevention

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:17 GMT

Success of a gel that is used before intercourse (and without a partner knowing) has energized a field. Trials are set to begin for pills and a vaginal ring.

Genes as Mirrors of Life Experiences

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 06:30:17 GMT

Scientists are focusing on epigenetics, the study of how people’s genes adapt to experience and environment, in exploring the causes of mental disorders.

Dot Earth: Tallying the Price of Human Progress

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:55:52 GMT

The hidden costs when prosperity is fueled by "cheap" energy.

Wordplay: Numberplay: Beating Impossible Odds

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:49:17 GMT

A problem that shows a way by which some French prisoners can overcome the extremely poor odds of freedom that their warden has offered them.