Small volcanic erupt...

Even minor volcanic eruptions can release enough aerosols into the atmosphere to affect global temperatures, thanks to a boosting effect from weather systems such as monsoons. Until now, scientists thought that only a massively energetic eruption could inject aerosols past the troposphere...

U.S. added 80,000 jobs in June as economy struggles Jul06

U.S. added 80,000 jo...

The economy continued its sluggish performance in June as employers added just 80,000 jobs and the nation’s unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent, the government reported Friday.   Continue Reading at The Washington...

What Will Washington Do Without the BlackBerry? Jul06

What Will Washington...

Walk a city block in Washington and you’re sure to see more than one person glued to a BlackBerry. President Obama famously fought to keep his personal BlackBerry after his inauguration. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton uses one, as do many members of Congress. But Washington’s...

State lawmakers short on experience Jun19

State lawmakers shor...

Roughly half of the nation’s 7,383 state legislators could have two years or less of experience after the 2012 elections, potentially making the next crop of lawmakers the greenest in a half-century, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The high turnover, a result...

Grab Your Boomstick:...

By now we’ve all seen the awful, awful story about the Florida man who was shot to death by police for refusing to stop chewing on another man’s face. We joked around about it being the canary in the mine shaft of an impending zombie apocalypse. But as Tumblr blogger “I Hope...

Are women greener th...

When it comes to caring for the environment, is there a gender difference between men and women? A growing body of social science research suggests yes. Women consistently rank values strongly linked to environmental concern — things such as altruism, personal responsibility and empathy —...

MIT glove lets weare...

A world of pinching and grabbing virtual objects in the air still seems more like “Minority Report” than reality, but MIT’s Tether glove may help usher in such futuristic interfaces. Glove wearers can make gestures to create or move around 3-D objects in a shared virtual...