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    Genetically engineered organisms can more efficiently produce ethanol from cheap and abundant sources of biomass, such as agricultural waste. It could make ethanol cost competitive.

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  • Nitrogen Fix

    Richard Schrock describes why finding an elusive catalyst could have a surprising impact on energy consumption.

  • On the Grid

    Grid computing is becoming an affordable utility for everyone.

  • Stem Cell Hope

    Cellular reprogramming could make moot the ethical debate surrounding stem cells.

  • Rewriting the Genome

    Sequencing and synthesizing DNA keeps getting faster and cheaper. George Church explains the impacts of these advances.

  • The Great Transformation

    Why are the champions of Reagan’s defense buildup arguing for a smaller, more technological military?

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  • Who's Sorry Now?

    Pip Coburn was a star research analyst during the Internet boom. Today, he thinks the entire industry has to change.

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  • Drug Trials and Error

    Conspiracy theories about big pharma would amuse, if they were not a matter of life and death.

  • Tiny Toxins?

    Preliminary studies suggest that some types of nanoparticles might pose a health hazard. That’s bad news for nanotechnology.

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