Ancient water = ancient habitat?

Ancient water = ancient habitat?

Geologic dating shows that water has been trapped more than 2 kilometers underground since before the Cambrian explosion. This water More »

Store more. Much more!

Store more. Much more!

The explosion of data — in meteorology, genetics, spying and physics — requires new storage technology. DNA has been storing data for More »

Tales of the whales

Tales of the whales
Some people blame strandings on a noisy ocean. A new study shows that the endangered North Atlantic right whale is shouting to be More »

Assembly-lines don’t work for ants!

Specialization may work in factories, but it does not make ant colonies more efficient. As the conventional wisdom about social insects More »

Music and speech

Music and speech

Most music is built on the 12-tone “chromatic” scale. Does this reflect chance, or the basic structure of the human voice? New study More »

Flying with bats

New study shows how they stay aloft, turn on a dime. Freeze-frame pix of bats flying show unexpectedly complex flight patterns. Meet More »

Nobel Prizefight

Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology given to inventors of MRI machine — but were these guys really the inventors? Meet an More »

Extinction: The Danger of Being Big!

Giant crocodile relative raises question of why big animals go extinct faster. If an 11-meter croc can’t survive, what about a 2-meter More »