As public health authorities urge people to safely dispose of old prescription drugs, Alameda County in Northern California has passed an ordinance requiring companies to pay for their disposal. But the big pharmaceutical companies are fighting such laws, saying taxpayers should foot the bill.
8/29/2013 8:16 AM
| Richard Harris
A study in the journal Nature could help explain why the Earth's average temperature hasn't increased during the past 15 years — despite a long-term trend of global warming.
The Earth's average temperature has risen by more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. But the temperature rise has not been moving in lock step with the rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide — mainly from burning fossil fuels — traps heat in the air.
8/22/2013 9:03 AM
| Larry Abramson
Sometimes you have to give up a little privacy in order to find out how much — or how little — privacy you really have. So I handed over the keys to my Gmail account to Cesar Hidalgo, a professor at the MIT Media Lab and the designer of a program called Immersion.
8/12/2013 8:53 AM
| EYDER PERALTA
Imagine making the 380-mile trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about half an hour.
That's the kind of thing Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, says his "hyperloop" can do.
Now, what is hyperloop? From what we know, it's basically a vehicle that travels faster than the speed of sound inside a tube. John Gardi, a Canadian tinkerer whose guess got a thumbs up from Musk, says it's like the pneumatic tubes used in banks to move your deposits around the building.