Science as a human endeavor
Stem cell therapy: When will it help the heart?
Heart muscle is never replaced if it dies in a heart attack. Muscle cells grown from stem cells can briefly help broken hearts. Could More
Denial of science, science of denial
Shaking it up: Maverick scientist dies
Sometimes, scientists feel the need to leave the lab and warn the public about onrushing hazards. Rowland warned about ozone, but More
Calendars: A fix needed?
A “permanent” calendar could finally answer the annual, “Uh, what day is New Year’s eve this year?” question. This calendar would place More
Bookin’ science: Best of the batch.
If (gasp!) the subject is too big for a Whyfile, hit the books. 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
Brewing: Doing what comes naturally
People have been controlling fermentation for at least 9,000 years. What did the ancients brew? How did fermenting change society? More
Fraud happens. In a 2009 survey, 2 percent of scientists admitted faking data; 14 percent said colleagues have done it. Problems worst More
Science Education 101
Don’t know much about Science Education: A survey shows 3 out of 4 US adults do not feel they have a good understanding of science. More
“Dr. Death” released. Anything new about dying?
Jack Kevorkian forced us to confront the fears and hopes of terminal illness. What’s happened with “right to die” laws in Oregon? More
Scrapping Science: Do Facts Really Matter?
Obama: “…promoting science isn’t just about providing resources—it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. More
This Why File surveys the latest in forensic anthropology and a visit with a Forensic Anthropology Center in Tennessee. More
Skyscrapers: Engineering Challenge
What did the losing World Trade designs look like? What is the significance of a city skyline? More
Biological Weapons: Too Tricky to Use?
Will terrorists use biological weapons? How have bio-weapons been used in the past? More