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Biofuels: seaweed in your tank?

Scientists from Bio Architecture Lab in Berkeley, California have just announced that they have created a microbe that can convert the sugars in brown, inedible seaweed into energy far more efficiently than biofuels made from land-based crops like corn and…

Viewing the earth and sky: here are two apps

These two apps are awesome. There’s Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide which costs $2.99 (and worth every penny). Star Walk enables you to point your iPhone at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at…

SOPA / PIPA: doing politics makes a difference

Matthew Yglesias sums up the lessons to be learned from the SOPA/PIPA fight this week. Here’s his final point, which I think is right on! 5) Public engagement matters: One key difference between this and, say, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term…

TSA: what they’ve done for you lately (re-revisited)

Here’s what our friends at TSA list in their Week At A Glance covering the period between January 9th and 15th, 2012: 4 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints 17 firearms found at checkpoints 0 passengers were arrested after investigation of suspicious behavior or…

Doctors, drugs and money: new disclosure rules coming

Doctors are supposed to put their patients’ best interests ahead of their own financial concerns but pharmaceutical and medical device makers have been spending a lot of money to influence doctors’ choices for decades. Now there’s a big change coming.…