Roundup 12/27: Net Negative Edition

Tomorrow, attorneys in a lawsuit over whether genes can be patented will have their day in federal court in New York City.

Arun Majumdar, head of the Energy Department's ARPA-E energy research shop, testified that funds beyond the 2-year stimulus money that have jump started the agency are needed to keep it alive. He also tried to manage expectations for the new agency. Innovation "home runs are rarely hit in a couple of years," he said.

Bed nets don't work well in fighting malaria because the poor tire of using them, according to a new study out of Burkina Faso.

Concern about global warming among U.S. adults has dropped substantially, a new poll finds. Fewer than 50% of Americans say they are “somewhat” or “very worried,” a Yale University study found, a 13% drop from a poll taken in 2008.

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