A new model for developing biofuels University of Minnesota professor Nick Jordan calls for a change in how we think about farming in the latest issue of the journal "Science."7:50 a.m.
American artists had an answer for Picasso Some of America's foremost painters tried to beat the great Pablo Picasso at his own game, creating works that heavily referenced Picasso's images. A new exhibition at the Walker Art Center reveals how the American response to Picasso spawned a whole new artistic movement.7:56 a.m.
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Abbas Asserts Fatah Rule in West Bank
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in an emergency government days after Hamas militants seized control of the Gaza Strip. Hamas leaders condemned the move and insisted that the Fatah-Hamas unity government formed in March remains in charge of the Palestinian Authority.
Converted Iraqi Politician Knows Religious Divide
Maha al Douri is a Shiite lawmaker who once was a Sunni. She says she was first attracted to Shiite Islam as a college student and converted because Shiite Islam seemed more peaceful than the Sunni strand. When Douri converted, her Sunni family disowned her. When she married a Shiite man, her relatives threatened to kill her.
Australia Turns to Desalination Amid Water Shortage
Parts of Australia are getting drier than ever — so dry that some cities are scrambling to adapt by finding new water sources before it's too late. Perth has just opened the continent's first reverse-osmosis desalination plant — and it's run on wind power.
Toxic-Freight Threat a Challenge to U.S. Cities
Every year, freight trains in the United States carry chemicals so toxic that they could kill anyone inhaling the fumes. The trains often travel through the center of America's cities, raising worries that terrorists could attack them and cause mass casualties. But ordinances to reroute the trains are tied up in court.
GE, Pearson May Put In Bid to Buy Dow Jones
General Electric, which owns broadcasting giant NBC, and Pearson PLC, the publisher of The Financial Times, are in talks about joining up to make an alternative bid for Dow Jones & Co., which owns The Wall Street Journal. If they make a bid, it would rival Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation's $5-billion offer.
Apple Stock Gets Boost from iPhone Hype
The iPhone goes on sale at the end of next week, and the anticipation has already sent Apple's stock soaring. The company said it planned to sell 10 million of the units by the end of 2008. While that represents just 1 percent of the worldwide cell phone market, it could mean a 10 percent increase in Apple's earnings.
Firms Seek Elusive Real Profit in Virtual Business
Companies from IBM to GM have opened stores in the three-dimensional online gaming world, but they have yet to see any virtual profits. Eli Noam, director of the Columbia Center for Tele-Information at Columbia University talks with Steve Inskeep about a recent conference hosted by the center on business opportunities in the virtual world.
Doctor: Gamers Get Tendonitis from Wii Mania
In this month's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Julio Bonis, diagnoses himself with a new kind of acute tendonitis. The cause of the injury was playing hours of tennis — on his Nintendo Wii console. His recommended treatment is ibuprofen for a week, and complete abstinence from Wii video games.
Senate Prepares to Hash Out Energy Bill Issues
A simmering debate that got under way last week in the Senate over new energy legislation is bound to hit a full boil this week. The bill's most contentious issues remain unresolved. They include gas-mileage standards, renewable fuels and price gouging.