Pronouncements even from Nobel laureates should not be accepted as if from on high.
Shouting past each other via different kinds of media isn't going to help researchers -- from éminences grises to new postdocs -- effectively work together on issues in the field of science.
Gathering data at the calving front of the Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland.
To create accurate models that predict how ice sheets and oceans will react to changing climate, modelers need precise current data. One researcher heads to the ends of the earth to collect just that.
We got you, Pluto!
In the long lead-up to our ultimate flyby of Pluto, space science has reconfigured our notions of what it means to be a solar system, a planet, a world.
Blowing up the desert – and people’s minds: the first atom bomb test in 1945.
The first atom bomb test seventy years ago today marks the start of a change in Americans' thinking about radiation. On balance, our nuclear anxieties endure today.
Pluto’s newly clear topography.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Photos from the spacecraft's close approach are dazzling. They and other data from the mission will fill in some of the blanks about Pluto and provide a snapshot of the infant solar system.
It’s all happening! New Horizons’ science team members react to crisp shots of Pluto.
New Horizons mission members have worked on the project for even longer than it's taken the spacecraft to get to Pluto. They've planned, built and researched – and now their efforts are paying off.
Hyperloop is still on the drawing board.
It's got its challenges here on Earth – but the hypothetically fast, safe and self-powered Hyperloop could be just the ticket to connect future colonies on Mars.
Facebook’s gender ratio is far less equal than this photo of its workers would suggest.
The tech industry is known for having a notably non-diverse workforce. But bias training – when not validated by research that shows it works – isn't going to solve the problem.
A plant heavily colonized by a bacterial pathogen.
Jeannette Rapicavoli/UC Riverside
Vaccines aren't just for animals anymore. Research shows priming plants with pathogen-derived compounds strengthens their immune systems and enhances protection against future attack.
What can what’s on the moon tell us about our home planet?
The moon might harbor bits of the Earth that blasted off our planet billions of years ago. These lunar time capsules could hold secrets about conditions here at home back when life was first emerging.
Can science help the developing world stave off a food crisis?
The challenges of feeding a hungry planet are many. Gene editing crops to be more productive, nutritious or hardy could help, but concerns about GMOs abound.
Yersinia pestis bacteria start to target the lungs and become so deadly?
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
It's a deadly bacterium that can spread like wildfire. New research suggests Yersinia pestis first developed its ability to cause lung infection and then evolved to be highly infectious.
Once there was water….
Some atomic ratio detective work on our solar system neighbors tells us a lot about their watery pasts. That Venus and Mars are mostly dry now could be a cautionary tale for us on the Blue Planet.
Just how quickly are those thoughts bouncing around in there?
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Sensory information comes into the system, and we initiate actions in response. Quantifying how quickly that happens is tricky – especially since our own perceptions of the timing aren't quite right.
Are you smarter than a third grader in Vietnam?
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People shouldn't let these tricky puzzlers reinforce their misguided notion that they stink at math.
How to trim agriculture’s global warming footprint?
About 10% of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions come from farming. Researchers are working on ways to address this piece of the global warming puzzle.
The beauty of stained glass – all down to electron oscillations.
The field of plasmonics has implications for integrated circuits, biosensors, other light-based technologies – even invisibility cloaks.
What does the contents of this bowl have in common with math?
Mathematics and cooking can both be about problem solving, excitement, aesthetics. And it's for you to decide for yourself what you like and don't like in both realms.
There are more resilient ways to build in vulnerable areas.
Resilient Collective Housing', New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture and Design studio project by Taryn Wefer and Naomi Patel. Instructors: Keith Krumwiede and Martina Decker
The climate is changing. Development patterns that have hardly served us well in the past certainly won't serve us well in the future. Now is the time to adapt.
Who wouldn’t want to hang with this guy?
With billions upon billions of stars out there and probably at least as many planets, it seems almost silly to think there isn't life somewhere else. Where are all our ET friends (or overlords)?
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes transmit dengue fever when enjoying blood meals.
Annihilate the Aedes aegypti mosquito population and you'd stop dengue fever from infecting up to 100 million people worldwide annually. Here are some high-tech methods under development.
What do collections of dead butterflies do for their still-living counterparts?
Andrew D Warren
The dead animal specimens that comprise natural history collections contribute a lot toward scientific understanding of their still-living counterparts – and those that have gone extinct.
Solar storms can slam Earth. Better predictions could help us prepare our technology.
When the sun belches out high-energy solar storms into space, fair warning would be appreciated by those who run technologies that can be affected here on Earth. A new technique promises better forecasts.
Believing “math isn’t for everyone” may steer kids away from tackling the challenge.
Kids who think being good at mathematics is just a matter of God-given talent are less likely to pursue math-related fields. But research says this kind of belief is misguided.
You looking at me?
Sometimes the best way to deal with mountains of data is to turn to the public for help. That's what Snapshot Serengeti did to classify millions of photos from savanna camera traps in Tanzania.