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  • The Messenger

    The best scientists, scrutinizing atmosphere, ice, earth, and sea, say global warming is approaching a tipping point. But we still have time to keep it from reaching catastrophic levels.

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  • It's Not Too Early

    We know where we must go eventually: toward a sustainable energy infrastructure. Why not head there now?

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  • The Dirty Secret

    Better technologies exist for extracting coal, a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge is getting people to adopt them.

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  • Redesigning Life to Make Ethanol

    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.

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