May 3, 2005
Now that they've nearly managed to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration, energy companies have set their sights on a new target: America's coastal waters. For about 20 years there's been a moratorium on most coastal drilling. But now there are efforts in Congress to change that. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports.
May 3, 2005
There's a number that AIDS activists keep an eye on when they're looking at how quickly the disease is spreading in a given country. A one percent infection rate is generally considered a tipping point. As Marketplace's Julie Small reports, India is almost there.
Apr 29, 2005
A high tech mastermind with a wild imagination. The mission: to develop James Bond-style equipment for spies. Discretion requested. Those interested should apply to Her Majesty's Government. What's this all about? From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard has been gathering intelligence.
Apr 6, 2005
What measures about a foot long, is brown and shaggy, and will not stop making noise till you get out of bed? Someone at MIT's Media Lab invented what amounts to a cross between an alarm clock and a cat. Call it Clocky. Everyone else does. At the preset moment, Clocky's alarm goes off. You hit Clocky's snooze button. Clocky rolls off the table to another part of the room. And Clocky starts beeping all over again. WBUR's Sean Cole reports.
Apr 4, 2005
You may have seen the news photos late last December. A Texas woman showing off her $50,000 cat. Little Nicky was the kitten's name. The first cloned-to-order pet sold in the U.S. The company that claimed to have grown the cat is about to open the world's first commercial pet cloning lab. People can just walk in and after making a genetic deposit order up a new pet. As Brian Bull reports, not everyone's feeling warm and fuzzy...
Mar 30, 2005
The Department of Energy has started doling out dollars for the development of alternative energy cars. Today two car companies announced deals with the government to build hydrogen-powered vehicles. The cars won't be on the road for years. And that's lucky. Because if you want one of these babies, you could could probably use these intervening years to save up for a downpayment. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports.
Mar 30, 2005
Some chemicals may be far more dangerous for kids than previously thought - as much as ten times more likely to cause cancer. So says the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA updated its cancer risk guidelines today. But if you're expecting tough new rules...you may be waiting awhile. From our Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.
Mar 28, 2005
The two astronauts onboard the space station did a space walk today. They released an eleven-pound satellite characterized as a baby Sputnik. It's designed for experimental manoeuvering by ground controllers. Sputnik, space walks...sounds somewhat retro compared with what our resident futurist has been up to. Andrew Zolli, president of Z-Plus Partners, got the feel of civilian space flight. Though he never really left the earth's atmosphere. Andrew went on something like a roller coaster ride in a big airplane...
Mar 28, 2005
This might not be your favorite breakfast topic, but there's an important new invention in the waste disposal business. Specifically - the disposal of diseased livestock and dead animals used for research. An Indianapolis company has come up with a way to dispose of them that's, for the first time, environmentally friendly. Julie Halpert has this report.
Mar 21, 2005
Gasoline prices have jumped 12 cents in the last two weeks. That's enough to make hardcore V-8 fans take a second look at hybrids. But Goldman Sachs is doing more than just window shopping. The investment bank said today it's buying Zilkha Renewable Energy - a private wind-energy development company. The deal appears to be part of what Goldman says is a plan to play a leading role in the renewable energy business. With us to talk about this is Ann Davis, a senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal...