Exploring the big! volcano

Exploring the big! volcano

How do scientists predict an eruption? Watch volcanologists track a giant, active volcanic field in Chile’s Andes Mountains. More »

Wolf mystery solved at last!

Wolf mystery solved at last!

And how did it traverse 460 kilometers of ocean? Apparently by crossing a narrow band of ice during the last Ice Age. A new study More »

Boasting about the boson

Boasting about the boson

Award follows last year’s sighting of elusive boson at world’s largest atom smasher. At last, matter can have mass, and physics can More »

Denial of science, science of denial

Denial of science, science of denial
Tobacco and cancer. CFCs and ozone. Vaccines and autism. And evolution through natural selection, acid rain and global warming. Why do More »

Patent wars!

Patent wars!

How do patents work? What is “new, non-obvious and useful”? What will happen after the biggest change in patent law in 60 years? More »

Science on the road!

Science on the road!

Hitting the road? What could be more enlightening than gawking at a cave, exploring a desert, or eyeballing the largest telescope in More »

The importance of being Einstein

The importance of being Einstein

Experiment: Earth “drags” spacetime, as Einstein predicted. What else did Einstein get right? (Hint: Lots and lots!) More »

Climate: Simple = beautiful?

Climate: Simple = beautiful?

Earth’s orbit subtly changes over thousands of years, in complex cycles that affect the timing and delivery of sunlight to various More »

Maggots, leeches, parasitic worms

Maggots, leeches, parasitic worms

Meet three gross “biotherapies”: Leeches suck blood after surgery. Maggots clear dead tissue from wounds. Parasitic worms fight More »

Stem cell battle resumes

Stem cell battle resumes

A federal court has thrown the field of embryonic stem cell research into confusion. Last week, research that destroys embryos could More »