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There's DNA in That Weed You're Smoking, and People Are Tracking Itnew

Researchers map dope DNA to help with busts and monitoring use of federal land for growing pot.
Hartford Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  11-16-2011  |  Drugs

Runaway Growthnew

Forty years into the "War on Cancer," casualties are mounting -- and we still don't know what motivates the enemy.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Bill O'Driscoll  |  11-08-2011  |  Health

Copenhagen: Nice Show, But We're Doomed No Matter What

It is almost certainly too late to save ourselves. Like recycling and not littering, reducing CO2 output amounts to mere politeness. It's a nice gesture. But it won't make any difference.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  12-07-2009  |  Environment

How Do You Smell 200 Things at Once? Drink Winenew

The average human detects 2,000 smells, and experts estimate that there are 200 smells in wine. Compare that to only four tastes, and you can see that wine-tasting should really be called wine-smelling. So why do we rely so much on taste?
C-Ville Weekly  |  Megan Headley  |  09-30-2009  |  Food+Drink

Literary Icon Margaret Atwood Discusses Imminent and Avoidable Apocalypsenew

For Atwood, the world of Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood isn't a wild flight of fancy, it's a future extrapolated directly from our present. While her books are not science fiction in the familiar sense they are undeniably fictions informed by science.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Brendan Harrison  |  09-24-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

What Made the World Trade Center Fall?new

One of the crucial technical disputes in American history is underway. It pits government technicians who say the WTC buildings were brought down by airplane impact against architects and building engineers who insist that the Twin Towers could never have collapsed solely due to the planes and are calling for a new independent investigation.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Jay Levin and Tom McKenzie  |  09-21-2009  |  Science

In 'Scorch Atlas,' Blake Butler Rains Gravel and Glassnew

Blake Butler aims his telescope at the future, and if what he finds there and shows us in Scorch Atlas even approaches the truth, we can all only hope we won't be around to see it.
Boston Phoenix  |  Nina Maclaughlin  |  09-10-2009  |  Fiction

New England Plays Catch-Up in the Green Energy Racenew

New England may be used to being the birthplace of revolutions, but in the case of wind power, that ship has sailed. States out West are far outproducing us, and will likely continue to. That said, we still could be a player in the nascent wind industry; we've just got some catching up to do.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  08-19-2009  |  Environment

'Flotsametrics and the Floating World' Looks at Junk and Shipping Trunksnew

Flotsametrics, written by oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer with help from journalist Eric Scigliano, is the biography of a new offshoot of science; "flotsametrics" means, essentially, the application of quantitative measurement to floating trash.
Willamette Week  |  Matthew Korfhage  |  08-19-2009  |  Nonfiction

Embryologists Reflect on Science, Faith and Their Life-Giving Worknew

A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, embryologists and other professional staff work together to treat male and female patients at the Southern Illinois University Fertility and In Vitro Fertilization Center.
Illinois Times  |  Amanda Robert  |  05-01-2009  |  Science

Nine Tennessee Innovations Are Sowing Seeds for the Futurenew

Today, Middle Tennessee has a surprising number of unheralded innovators—forward-thinkers who are tweaking, leading and finessing the competition in their respective fields. With little fanfare, they have made the area home to several firsts on many fronts: health care, energy conservation, medicine, education, technology, science.
Nashville Scene  |  Tracy Moore  |  05-01-2009  |  Science

Pro-Evolution Forces Take an Unexpected Win at the Texas Board of Educationnew

The recent debate about how evolution should be taught in public schools revealed that the 15-member Texas State Board of Education is not, after all, necessarily dominated by right-wing religious fundamentalists.
Dallas Observer  |  Kimberly Thorpe  |  02-02-2009  |  Education

The World of Cryptids: A Creature Featurenew

As our planet edges closer to the apocalypse, the escapist, fantasy world of cryptozoology -- literally, the study of "hidden animals" -- is suddenly coming to life.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  01-09-2009  |  Animal Issues

2008: The Year of the Nerdnew

Barack Obama collects Spider-Man comics and knows how to communicate with Vulcans. But in a year when many a dashing high-school quarterback and perfect prom queen got wedgies from the freaks and geeks, its really no surprise he was elected.
Boston Phoenix  |  Ryan Stewart  |  12-29-2008  |  Commentary

How the Facts Came to Hate Americanew

Journalism's emphasis on objectivity and balance fabricated a controversy in climate science that didn't exist. Have reporters learned anything?
Boulder Weekly  |  Dylan Otto Krider  |  12-04-2008  |  Media

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