Archive: 09/01/2006

Coal Liquefaction

The tightening of worldwide oil reserves is causing the price of oil to escalate — and makes coal, which is much more abundantly available, an interesting starting material for liquid fuels and chemical raw materials. Researchers ...

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Author explores CIA connections to torture tactics

A professor of history at UW-Madison has authored a book available this month that explores evidence of a 50-year legacy of U.S. government-sponsored forms of psychological torture.

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Slow human evolution revealed by worm genome

Humans have retained genomic characteristics of a very ancient ancestor that have been lost in simpler animals such as the fly, indicating that humans are one of the most slowly evolving species. This is the finding of an ...

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Texas Instruments sells sensor unit

Texas Instruments has sold its Sensors and Controls unit to a private investment company for a whopping $3 billion in cash.

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Top 10 things seen at CES

I realize that in the grand scheme of things readers don't care whether the job of a reporter is made easier or not. But I must admit that one of the cooler things at the show was that Sony, Phillips, Delphi and a few other ...

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Study: Execs blinded by bottom line

A researcher says corporations like Enron that overemphasize profits might make their leaders blind to ethical or moral issues.

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Massive star cluster found in Milky Way

A massive cluster of red supergiants--super-sized stars on the verge of exploding--was recently discovered in the Milky Way by a group of stronomers using infrared technology to penetrate the thick dust that cloaks much of ...

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