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  • DARPA's mysterious X-37B Space Plane Earth-bound

    DARPA's mysterious X-37B Space Plane Earth-bound

    X-37B Space Plane will return to Earth as early as this week. No word on declassification of its mission or costs to taxpayers.

  • Food Safety Act: five food recalls that rattled the industry

    Food Safety Act: five food recalls that rattled the industry

    The Senate's passage of the Food Safety Act, the most sweeping food-safety law in 70 years has thrown a spotlight on the US food supply. Here are five of the most recent high-profile food safety cases:

  • Should TSA let airport passenger screening go to the dogs?

    Should TSA let airport passenger screening go to the dogs?

    It's time to send bomb-detecting dogs sniffing up and down lines of passengers at airports, say some security analysts. Dogs may reduce the need for TSA screening that is more invasive of personal privacy.

  • Best books of 2010: nonfiction

    Best books of 2010: nonfiction

    In 2010 Monitor reviewers critiqued hundreds of books. Here's a list of the 28 nonfiction titles they considered the most outstanding. To assist you with your holiday shopping, each title here has a link that allows you to purchase the book – even as you help to support The Christian Science Monitor

  • Consumer confidence rises. Did that drive Cyber Monday?

    Consumer confidence rises. Did that drive Cyber Monday?

    The Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 54.1 in November. That's still well below prerecession levels, but the improved sentiment may have helped online sales on Cyber Monday.

  • Medvedev misses chance to disprove WikiLeaks label: 'Robin to Putin's Batman'

    Medvedev misses chance to disprove WikiLeaks label: 'Robin to Putin's Batman'

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, criticized in a WikiLeaks cable as marginal, avoided sensitive topics in his national address today.

  • In Pictures Climate change and animals

    A baby whitecoat harp seal is pictured after being washed up on the shore of Prince Edward Island, Canada, in this undated photo released on March 25. Scientists say that climate change has caused a retreat of sea ice, thereby reducing the areas where seals can rest between feeding on fish and mussels.

  • Wal-Mart: Is Amazon replacing it as low-price leader?

    The New Economy Wal-Mart: Is Amazon replacing it as low-price leader?

    Wal-Mart, the longtime price leader, can't undercut online retailer Amazon this holiday season, an analyst says.

  • In Pictures Cancun climate talks

    Hundreds of international supporters gather on an island on the Belizian Barrier Reef off the coast of Belize City, on Nov. 13. to form a human banner asking if the end is near for Belize and other endangered coral reefs around the world. The action was on the final day of the three-day Belize Reef summit which urged global leaders to take strong action at the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.

  • Poinsettias that glow in the dark? Genetic engineers at work

    Poinsettias that glow in the dark? Genetic engineers at work

    Researchers at BioGlow have successfully transferred the genes that allow marine bacteria to glow into tobacco plants. Next: glow in the dark roses or poinsettias?