High in the Sky

CNET News says that cloud computing soared in 2008 due to Micorsoft's launch of Windows Azure, AT&T's VMware, IBM's Bluehouse, as well as Google's offerings of calendar and document-hosting services for consumers. "If you look at Google Trends, 'cloud computing' came out of nowhere in 2008. People were searching for it in the third quarter of 2007, but it went bonkers in 2008," Forrester Research's Frank Gillett tells CNET.

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York University researchers find genomic evidence of inbreeding in the yellow-banded bumblebee, according to Reuters.

In its survey of US adults, the Pew Research Center finds that views on the genetic engineering of animals depend on why it's done.

The Scientist reports agricultural researchers are working on a gene-stacking tool.

In Nature this week: statistical method for overcoming case-control imbalance issues, and more.