After 117 years, a third woman won a physics Nobel.
Alexander Mahmoud, © Nobel Media AB 2018
Progress has been made toward gender parity in science fields. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
This SDS Sigma 7 computer sent the first message over the predecessor of the internet in 1969.
Andrew 'FastLizard4' Adams/Wikimedia Commons
The first internet communication was underwhelming, thanks to a computer crash. But a lot has happened since then – including key decisions that helped build the internet of today.
What can your vacation pix tell scientists?
To untangle the relationship between climate change, fall foliage and national park visitors, researchers are asking tourists to check their old photo albums for snapshots that could hold valuable data.
Sulfur pollution causes respiratory health problems.
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Sulfur contaminates gasoline and coal, and when these fuels are burned, sulfur dioxide is emitted, causing pollution and respiratory issues. Now there may be a new, cheaper way to remove it.
The muck that’s been accumulating at the bottom of this lake for 20,000 years is like a climate time capsule.
Christopher R. Moore
Why did Earth's climate rapidly cool 12,800 years ago? Evidence is mounting that a comet or asteroid collision is to blame, with new support coming from the bottom of a South Carolina lake.
What’s happening with the trees that stay green?
Many deciduous trees put on a dazzling fall foliage display. But coniferous evergreens hold on to their needles and stay green. A biologist breaks down these different survival strategies.
Red quantum dots glow inside a rat brain cell.
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These tiny nanoparticles might provide a new way to see what's happening in the brain and even deliver treatments to specific cells – if researchers figure out how to use them safely and effectively.
An employee creates punch cards using information from a filled in 1950 Census Population Form.
U.S. Census Bureau
As the country grew, each census required greater effort than the last. That problem led to the invention of the punched card.
It’s unlikely your ancestors were the first to set foot here.
Fred Harvey, Kansas City/ Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
An anthropologist who's researched the dispossession of Native Americans and their enduring connections to ancestral places sees the value in asking 'whose land are you on?'
An Indonesian island was home to
H. Floresiensis – but how did the dwarfed human species evolve?
New research models how the Homo floresiensis species could have evolved its small size remarkably quickly while living on an isolated island.
Bigger, bigger, biggest.
Have you recently harvested a big fruit from your garden? Here an expert's tips on how to go from jumbo to gargantuan with your tomatoes.
A schoolteacher in the midst of receiving a full pe'a, the traditional Samoan tattoo generally worn by males.
An anthropologist works in American Samoa, taking advantage of the island's longstanding tattoo culture to tease out the effects tattoos have on the body's immune function.
The math behind the movement.
A new project for Detroit middle and high schoolers combines athletics and mathematical concepts.
Drinking alcohol isn’t the only cause of high blood alcohol levels.
Drunk without drinking? Liver damage without drinking? Gut bacteria might be the cause.
What will it take to get people to connect to the climate change story?
Decarbonizing the global economy would help the climate change problem – but also many others. Would putting all those additional co-benefits center stage help drum up support for climate action?