October 8, 2012 His plan calls for more spending on infrastructure, a tax cut for firms that hire new workers, aid to state and local governments, and a program to rebuild schools. An analyst who has studied it says the infrastructure part makes sense, but the rest is less potent.
October 8, 2012 John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka discovered that every cell in our body — from skin and heart to brain and lung — can reinvent itself and become any other cell type. These stem cells have vast potential for drug development, for many diseases, like Alzheimer's, muscular dystrophy and diabetes.
October 8, 2012 American apple trees used to be big. So what made them shrink? Farmers decided to use dwarfing rootstocks.
October 8, 2012 John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka discovered that mature and specialized cells "can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body," according to the Nobel committee.
October 8, 2012 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has beaten his most serious political challenge in years. He defeated a young former governor handily in Sunday's presidential election. With this victory, Chavez has another six years to consolidate his socialist system in the country with the world's largest oil reserves.
October 8, 2012 As the Berlin Wall was coming down, East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, tore up millions of files. More than two decades later, the vast array of secret papers collected by the Stasi is still in huge demand. Archivists are now using groundbreaking computer technology to reconstruct those files.
October 8, 2012 The intelligence community has always been in the business of forecasting the future. The question is whether tapping into publicly available data — Twitter and news feeds and blogs — can help them do that faster and more precisely. Now, a cutting-edge tech company is trying to use data to predict seminal events before they happen.
October 7, 2012 When evaluating our presidential candidates, it's a common cliché that the most likable candidate always wins. A "likeability" metric might not matter as much as you think. Voters, says one political scientist, actually decide on the basis of who they think is going to do the best job.
October 7, 2012 Mikhail Sebastian is stateless. Born ethnically Armenian in what was then the U.S.S.R. and today is Azerbaijan, he came to the U.S. and was eventually allowed to stay and work. Now, he is stranded on American Samoa where immigration officials say he "self-deported."
October 7, 2012 An expert says that when televised presidential and vice presidential debates began, they were supposed to be about discussion and dialogue — not winners or and losers. But that's never how the American public or journalists saw things.
October 7, 2012 Spinal Elements, a small and growing company, had long made plates, screws and other technology used in spinal surgeries. But its new Hero Allograft was the first product it ever made from the tissue — in this case the bones — of a donated human cadaver.