Can technology save us from global warming? It's tempting to believe technology, both known and yet-to-be-invented, will avert a future global warming disaster (perhaps without much sacrifice on our part). Reporter Dan Olson deconstructs our technological faith, and looks at how far the promise of human ingenuity will get us.4:15 p.m.
Northwest Airlines projects it'll be worth $7B post-bankruptcy Northwest Airlines today revealed its plan for exiting bankruptcy and charting its future in the often chaotic airline industry. The bankruptcy filing lays out Northwest's plan for how it'll do business in the future, and how much money it will make.5:15 p.m.
Minnesota delegation has its say on Iraq resolution Minnesota's House members have had taken their turns during the debate over President Bush's proposal to send more troops to Iraq. Only two of the eight members say they support the president's plan. A House vote on the non-binding resolution is expected sometime Friday.5:50 p.m.
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House Holds Marathon Debate on Bush's Iraq Plan
The House holds its third day of debate on a nonbinding resolution opposing the troop increase in Iraq. All representatives have been offered time to speak their minds. Also, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that the Senate will take a vote Saturday on moving ahead with a debate on a similar resolution.
New Congress Members Join House Debate on Iraq
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) began their first congressional terms in January. Now they're participating in this week's debate on Iraq. Giffords supports a House resolution expressing disapproval of President Bush's troop escalation, and Roskam is opposed to it.
The House Debates on Iraq. But Who's Listening?
While Congress has been debating the Iraq resolution this week, the audience for their discussion has been an open question. In Florida, some have been paying attention to this policy discussion on Capitol Hill — and some haven't.
Letters: Zarif, the Dentist's Chair, and CFL Bulbs
Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters and e-mails. Among this week's topics: Robert's interview with Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, Javad Zarif; a SoundClip from the dentist's office; and a story about compact fluorescent light bulbs.
CFL Bulbs Have One Hitch: Toxic Mercury
Wal-Mart wants to sell 100 million compact fluorescent light bulbs this year. The bulbs save energy and reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that add to climate change. But there's a hitch: Each bulb contains about 5 milligrams of mercury, a toxic heavy metal. The EPA says they should be recycled.
California's Prison-Transfer Plan Angers Critics
The California prison guards' union will take the state to court Friday, trying to stop inmates from being shipped to prisons in other states. The transfers are part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to reduce severe crowding. Some prisoners have volunteered to move, but soon the transfers will be involuntary.
School Cell Phones: The Bane of a Principal's Life
Michele Norris talks with principal Ed Kovochich in the latest installment in our series A Visit to the Principal's Office. Kovochich is a veteran in the Milwaukee Public Schools, and the principal of Bradley Tech, a technology and trade high school. He's long been an advocate of a cell phone ban.
Researchers Map Path of Humans' New Brain Cells
The idea that humans can create new brain cells got its first solid evidence in 1998. Now researchers in New Zealand say they have found out what the brain does with its new cells: It shoots them along a pathway toward the smell center of the brain.
Cheating Scandal Mars NASCAR's New Season
Days ahead of the Daytona 500 that begins the 2007 season, NASCAR is embroiled in its biggest-ever cheating scandal. Five racing teams have been busted for infractions small and large, including the team of two-time Daytona winner Michael Waltrip. Waltrip's crew chief and team director were suspended after an additive said to be similar to jet fuel was found in an inspection.
For Ethanol, the Future Is Now
Alcohol-based fuels such as ethanol have been the underdog rivals of the oil industry for more than a century. A look at the history of ethanol and the current frenzy over its potential to kick U.S. oil dependence.