First neutrinos from outer space

First neutrinos from outer space
Neutrinos are almost invisible, but a 1-kilometer cube of ice has found 28 from beyond the solar system. Some are from other galaxies. More »

Mining data

Mining data
As the government collects security data, science is dealing with massive amounts of data in genetics, astronomy, meteorology and More »

When dead men speak…

When dead men speak…

How do bones, isotopes, historic records, DNA and grave goods tell us about the dead? We check out the example of King Richard III, More »

First forest: New details emerge

First forest: New details emerge

Returning to the site of a classic “first forest” site, New York scientists have found extra complexity: three fossilized trees-like More »

Cattle, wildlife: No real conflict?

zebra in foreground, cattle in background

In African savannas, cattle graze the same grass as zebras, elephants and gazelles. Obviously, wildlife are stealing food from the More »

Wildfire!

Wildfire!

Constant fire-fighting has made remaining fires more intense, but controlled burns have their own hazards. More »

English is optional dep’t

ancient map of astrological signs

Must scientific literature be so darn murky? Do we really need clinkers like “biomedicine” and “astrolicism”? What if they just wrote More »

Internet: The fastest teacher?

Internet: The fastest teacher?
MRI scans of older people show major differences between searchers and non-searchers. After seven hours of Internet experience, those More »

Cloning Fraud: How’d it Happen?

Korean scientist pulled off the biggest scientific fraud in memory. How did he do it? How is science supposed to prevent fraud? Why did More »

Time to Reconsider the Leap Second

The solar clock doesn’t quite line up with the atomic clock. We use leap seconds to make them match. Should we dump the leap second? More »

Forensic Anthropology

This Why File surveys the latest in forensic anthropology, with a visit to the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of More »