Features By Janet Babin

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Beware the black worm

More than 2 million computers have reportedly been infected by the black worm virus, a time-delayed gremlin that's supposed to make hard drives go haywire when it activates this Friday. But as Janet Babin reports from the Innovation Desk, it might be more marketing than menance.
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Challenger's legacy

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger explosion. The shuttle fleet is expected to be mothballed in the coming years, and as Janet Babin reports, America's next generation of space workhorses may come from the private sector.
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Ford's ethanol hybrid

Ford has unveiled its new ethanol-based hybrid. The company, which just cut 30,000 jobs to avoid destruction, now wants to prove how innovative it can be. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.
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Disaster law

After last fall's devastating hurricane season, and more like it predicted over the next several years, a new legal specialty has popped up: Disaster law. Janet Babin looks at the market for this new niche.
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Back to school in NOLA

Tulane, Xavier, Dillard and Loyola Universities all reopen for classes this week. This should help the city's struggling economy and the schools, which suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Janet Babin reports.
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Hard to oversee all those teeny tiny little particles...

Nanotechnology involves tiny lab creations with the potential to revolutionize everything from makeup to surgery, and it's big business. But a new report says government oversight of the industry comes up short. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin explains.
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Charging for Internet content

The big phone companies are getting closer to charging a fee to Internet content providers for delivering high quality content to your computer. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.
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Monsanto suit

In a novel legal move, 500 GE workers have sued Monsanto for injuries they claim resulted from use of Monsanto products while working for GE. Janet Babin has more.
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Toshiba's HD-DVD players

Electronics companies are fighting over what type of device you'll use to play your movies. Will it be Sony's Blu-Ray disc-player? Or Toshiba's HD-DVD format? Today, Toshiba announced it's off and running. From the Innovations Desk at WUNC, Janet Babin reports.
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Expiring drug patents

Patent protection for drugs like Ambien, Zocor and Zoloft has expired, leaving them open to generic knock-offs. Janet Babin looks at what generic drug companies need to do to cash in.

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