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Scientific papers take a step outside Nature's paywall

A prestigious scientific journal, faced with pressure from paper-sharing sites on the Internet, has made it possible for subscribers to grant others access.

By December 2, 2014


Curiosity finds large iron meteorite on Mars

Curiosity has found and photographed its first chunk of iron meteorite on the surface of Mars.

By July 16, 2014


Lab-made mini human to screen drugs, toxins

Work begins on Athena, a $19 million project that seeks to create artificial organs that work in concert inside a human-like test dummy that could reduce reliance on animal testing.

By March 26, 2014


Academia.edu raises funds to build a Facebook for scientists

Startup hopes to overhaul how researchers publish papers, making them freely available to all and substituting social-network success for the traditional peer-review process.

By September 26, 2013


Los Alamos wildfire reaches lab, forces evacuation

A 49,000-acre wildfire reaches the national lab's southern boundary and triggers the mandatory evacuation of about two-thirds of the county's residents.

By June 27, 2011


How to use satellite data to track Las Conchas fire

Tired of waiting for officials to update you on where the wildfire is active? Satellite data in Google Earth can give you a fast, rough look.

By June 30, 2011


Watching a wildfire hit home--from 5,000 miles away

With satellite data, Facebook, and Twitter, it's both reassuring and scary when a 60,000-acre fire approaches your hometown and the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab.

By June 28, 2011


Nearly 70 computers missing from Los Alamos nuclear lab

Energy Department rebukes nuclear lab for treating missing computers as property management issue and not cybersecurity risk, internal documents show.

By February 13, 2009


The supercomputers of Oak Ridge National Lab

One of the world's largest supercomputer collections is in the Tennessee forest, where the first plutonium for the Manhattan Project was processed.

By July 8, 2008


Buzz Out Loud 757: Vista: it's not Stalin

Big thanks to one of our callers today who offers some much-needed perspective on Vista and...well, everything, really. Also, Netflix saves the profiles (yay!) and AT&T releases details on iPhone 3G pricing (ouch if you don't get a contract).

By July 1, 2008