US marines walk through the rebuilt palace of King Nebuchadnezzar, in the ancient town of Babylon, in April 2003. The ruins suffered serious damage when American troops set up a military base amid the ruins during the Iraq War.
A scholar analyzed data about UNESCO World Heritage sites to explain why European cultural relics like Notre Dame are so beloved, while splendid monuments elsewhere remain relatively unknown.
Searching for planets around nearby stars is like searching for a needle in a field of haystacks.
Science is full of surprises. While searching for planets orbiting nearby stars, researchers stumbled across the remains of a star that once outshone the Sun.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a 2014 press conference in Bahrain.
Jamal Khashoggi's brutal murder happened at a consulate, a space not subject to the laws of the host country, Turkey. That means the alleged murderers did not fear interference by local authorities.
This won’t hurt a bit.
Does your child hate their visits to the pediatrician? Do they psyche themselves into a panic that the shot will hurt? The best strategy to calm an anxious child may be to reframe their expectations.
An artist’s impression of the exoplanet in close orbit to a star.
ESA, NASA, G. Tinetti (University College London, UK & ESA) and M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble)
A solitary planet in an eccentric orbit around an ancient star may help astronomers understand exactly how such planetary systems are formed.
For veterans going back to school, student life can involve many stresses.
US Department of Education
Since 2009, nearly one million veterans have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which helps them pay for tuition and other expenses. A scholar explains how it's a hard transition.
White nationalists at the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017.
White Americans have been in denial about the fact that police go after Black men and other men of colour. But the research and statistics kept by state and federal agencies show this happens.
Academia requires a lot of work outside the lecture hall.
Striking a better gender balance would be easy, but until now universities have not been paying much attention to the problem.
The South American horned frog packs quite a bite.
The South American horned frogs are ambush predators and use their powerful jaws to prey on large animals.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro (center) attends a graduation of National Armed Forces.
Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS
The loyalty of Venezuela’s soldiers is getting shaky. History shows from the Arab Spring to Latin American coups, when the military withdraws support for a leader, a fall from power is imminent.
Your smartphone can’t do this – yet.
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If we're ever to have flexible smartphones and mass-produced e-paper, we'll need to invent a new material – one that's flexible, durable, clear, electrically responsive and lightweight.
Don’t skimp on the SPF.
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Energy from the sun's rays can cause skin damage and cancers. Sunscreens can absorb or reflect the dangerous UV light. Here's how it works.
AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in Washington, D.C., 2012. HIV is a particular health concern for LGBT seniors.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
LGBT people face discrimination in health care, as well as significant health disparities. Recent moves by the Trump administration will make these topics more difficult to untangle.
Achievement unlocked: Rewritable paper.
Coating paper with an inexpensive thin film can allow users to print and erase a physical page as many as 80 times. That reduces both the cost and the environmental effects of paper use.
Hydrogen fueling stations like this could become more common if materials scientists and other researchers keep pushing for new breakthroughs.
fueling station photo via shutterstock.com
Modifying chemicals' molecular properties can make 'splitting' hydrogen from water more efficient.
Brazil’s economy was once considered ready to take flight. What happened?
Only a few years ago, Brazil was considered the global economy's shining star. How did it fall so far so fast?
Materials science has lots of options for building.
Molybdenum disulphide, hexagonal boron nitride and other materials yet to be discovered will be used to build the electronics of the future.
Renewable energy developers choose sunny locations, which can be near protected lands.
Study shows that many of the utility-scale solar power plants in California have been placed near protected and environmentally sensitive lands.
How much staying power? A calving front of the Antarctic ice sheet.
If we burned all fossil fuels, the loss of ice in Antarctica would raise sea levels 160 to 200 feet, but even our current trajectory could lead to dramatic sea level rise.
The Lower Ninth Ward Living History Museum opened in August 2013.
Fearing their neighborhood's rich history would be forever lost in the wake of Katrina, residents teamed up with a group of volunteers to create a museum of living history.