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Fixing the Sky

A headline I came across yesterday read "Abu Dhabi Scientists Create Desert Rainstorms." Shocking new development? Not exactly. Humans have been manipulating the weather for centuries.

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Does Moore’s Law Apply To New Energy Technologies?

People are eager to apply Moore's Law to clean energy technology. Could we?

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A New Greenhouse Gas

Readers will be familiar with the idea that burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, which in turn absorbs infrared radiation, and which is then re-emitted as heat in the atmosphere. This is the greenhouse effect and the source underlying the worry about global warming and climate change.

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The Virtuous Circle: Chemistry and Electronics

One of the largest instrumentation firms on the planet, Life Technologies, made a splash recently with its announcement of the first commercial DNA sequencer to employ semiconductor sequencing, the latest in a long series of virtuous circles of innovation produced by the intersection of chemistry with electronics.

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Marie Curie: More Than Mere Icon?

In 2011, we will celebrate the centennial of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize in Chemistry. How much do you know about her?

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Bad Idea from Public Officials

Readers may remember the Golden Fleece awards bestowed by former U.S. Senator William Proxmire in the 1970s and 1980s. The idea is back, and this time it’s aimed squarely at the National Science Foundation. 

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EPA at 40

The Environmental Protection Agency, which officially opened its doors in December 1970, has just turned 40.

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Susan Solomon on Climate Change

This year's Ullyot Public Affairs honoree, Susan Solomon of NOAA, held the rapt attention of a capacity crowd.

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The Life of Laws

This past Friday, I was in Washington, D.C. to present the first of CHF's findings from our year long oral history project of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Brainstorming a Stop to Climate Change

Tomorrow, NOAA scientist Susan Solomon will speak at CHF's annual Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture about the issues impeding the establishment of international policies to combat climate change. Want to join us?

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