Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 13, 2012 4:10PM ET
Discovered: Energy self-sufficiency could be just 18 years away; mutant amphibians spotted in Oregon; cow pee linked to antibiotic resistance; more plants won't curb carbon emissions.
Nov 13, 2012 3:44PM ET
Alarmingly, pollution in California's San Joaquin Valley means millions do not have the same cheap access to clean drinking water as most Americans (i.e. their faucets at home) placing a big financial burden on people who also happen to be some of the poorest in the state.
Nov 13, 2012 3:11PM ET
The Guardian on Al Gore, The New York Times on an "Indiana Jones," Grist on post-election optimism, ClimateWire on snowpacks, and Co.Exist on fishing.
Nov 13, 2012 1:13PM ET
There's a bookish love letter from writer Lois Leveen in The New York Times this week. It is an ode to her adored thesaurus, or, as she titles it, "the king of writerly tools."
Nov 13, 2012 12:59PM ET
The start-up clone world is beginning to contend with its destiny that only so many versions of the same idea can succeed.
Nov 13, 2012 10:14AM ET
Anti-virus maker John McAfee will not turn himself in for questioning about the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull for which he is "a person of interest," but it's not because he did it, he says.
Nov 12, 2012 9:55PM ET
A year after executives admitted in a closed door meeting that their management techniques were more comparable to the military than a corporation, Apple is starting soften up and offer employees better perks.
Nov 12, 2012 5:34PM ET
With over a third of U.S. households forgoing the land-line and people using their phones less and less for talking, the phone call is no longer the best way for pollsters to reach the people they need to speak with.
Nov 12, 2012 5:29PM ET
Discovered: Wizard-like scientists make objects invisible; death is close when chromosome tips are worn down; pregnant women who contract flus are more likely to have autistic babies; prosthetic skin that heals itself.
Nov 12, 2012 4:54PM ET
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Nov 12, 2012 4:03PM ET
Discovered: Deer ticks are hosts to even more pathogens than we thought; Brazil wants to un-endanger species by cloning them; satellites aren't beyond the reach of climate change; how Mayans grew maize.
Nov 12, 2012 1:44PM ET
The new flagship Apple store in Palo Alto is too loud, says Apple's former head of advanced product development and worldwide marketing, Jean-Louis Gassée, in his Monday note. But maybe it's just the right amount of loud to get you to buy.
Nov 12, 2012 1:15PM ET
John McAfee of McAfee anti-virus software fame is reportedly wanted for the murder of American expatriate Gregory Paul, who was killed on Saturday night, according to Gizmodo's Jeff Wise, citing Belize police.
Nov 12, 2012 12:26PM ET
Discovery News on pandas, Grist on for-profit local food, Scientific American on falling trees, Politico on how climate change threatens national security, The Guardian on sea ice.
Nov 12, 2012 10:56AM ET
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says his new Surface Tablet sales "are starting modestly," he told French newspaper La Perisian. But not all signs point to flop.
Nov 12, 2012 9:44AM ET
YouTube will cancel at least 60 percent of its current programming for next season, which means 96 of the 160 channels it created over the last year will no longer get funding from the site.
Nov 9, 2012 5:22PM ET
Discovered: Thousands of nasty groundwater sites won't be cleaned anytime soon; malaria vaccine's effectiveness declines; ash tree attacks are here to stay; coral reef defense tactics.
Nov 9, 2012 4:44PM ET
The New York Times on Maya civilization and climate change, Wired on environmental legislation, TreeHugger on Siemens' The Crystal, Scientific American on the extinction of freshwater fish, The Hollywood Reporter on Matt Damon's documentary.
Nov 9, 2012 3:58PM ET
Discovered: Researchers confirm Ötzi's ancestry; weight hatred withers with visibility of body type diversity; compliments inspire better work; a machine that speaks Mandarin for you.
Nov 8, 2012 6:15PM ET
Discovered: Super-Earth exoplanet seems habitable; it's alive—this gelatinous lab-bred blob; rethinking the theory that genes cause disease; fairy-wrens identify themselves with code words.
Nov 8, 2012 10:51AM ET
Amazon has launched an over the Internet wine sales operation, but don't get too excited yet, most states still don't allow shipping of alcohol to one's front door.
Nov 8, 2012 9:33AM ET
Apple has lost its number one position with the world's most popular phone, ceding the title to rival Samsung and its Galaxy S3, but we don't imagine it will stay that way for too long.
Nov 7, 2012 6:15PM ET
Scientific American on Prop. 37, The New York Times on Southern peanut farmers, Clean Technica on new LEDs, Reuters on the new nor'easter, The Wall Street Journal on Japan going rogue.
Nov 7, 2012 6:02PM ET
Discovered: Brewing renewable fuels from simple sugar; New Zealand-administered islands powered only by the sun; engineers study butterfly textures; sardines dying off in the Caribbean.
Nov 7, 2012 4:17PM ET
Discovered: How our brains quickly compute potential partners; the universe is almost out of new stars; wine engineered to prevent headaches; a new sponge that looks like a candelabra.
Nov 7, 2012 9:47AM ET
Defying predictions that the velocity of tweets would render Twitter useless, either technically or practically, during election night, the site didn't break and was actually a pretty great place to keep up on news.
Nov 6, 2012 7:19PM ET
Discovered: Blind mole rats kill cancer cells; battery-less pacemakers; a prosthetic leg amputees can control with their minds; heart-related deaths rise in winter regardless of temperature.
Nov 6, 2012 5:16PM ET
Discovered: Borneo orangutans exhibit Ebola-like antibodies; NOAA's post-Sandy map of the East Coast; climate change could curtail Indian monsoons; bat-proofing wind turbines.
Nov 6, 2012 5:13PM ET
Facebook, like every other Internet site today, is dominated by election stuff, which you might find annoying. But it can actually do some good in this election.
Nov 6, 2012 1:03PM ET
The iPhone had its week last week, when Instagram brought unbelievable but real images of Sandy's destruction to our attention and Twitter acted as a (mostly) reliable news and information source for many people. But Election Day, however, doesn't want any of that.