Seismic study shows crust thinning as continent divides, giving another view of our restless planet. More
Earth & Space
Running out of space
With space shuttles in museums, the near-term American plan to return to space relies on other countries or private firms. More
Weather, climate, war
Does climate affect war? A study shows increases in conflict during el Niño periods — but only during the warm, dry part of the cycle. More
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
Nothing light about lightning
New instruments are giving a better view of how those astonishingly strong lightning bolts form inside clouds. More
Ancient hole, black hole
A new report on the ancient universe shows that most galaxies – even all of them – had a black hole at the center, much like modern More
Three essential elements drive a tornado: Wet air, dry air, and wind shear. What explains the big improvement in tornado prediction? More
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?
Earth’s orbit subtly changes over thousands of years, in complex cycles that affect the timing and delivery of sunlight to various More
When earthquakes break…
How do rocks move? What governs how long and violent an earthquake will be? Should we worry about a powder between the grinding rocks? More
Shock and aftershock in Haiti
Pop goes the super supernova
Fearing flu, finding vaccine
How is flu vaccine is made in eggs and animal cells? What is being done to protect us against a fast-changing, deadly virus? Is a More
No joke: Laughing gas attacks ozone!
Brit astronomers reveal sizzling cosmic tryst!
A planet newly found in the southern sky is perilously close to its star, orbiting in less than 1 Earth day. Within 10 years, this More