After the flood, the menace of mold

After the flood, the menace of mold

After Sandy’s soaking: How dangerous are molds and bacteria that grow in a soggy house? What is the best way to salvage a water-damaged More »

Losing in politics & sports

Losing in politics & sports

What’s the attachment to “my” team? How do we deal with the inevitable disappointment? Are murder and suicide now “part of the game”? More »

Finding the killers — in advance

Finding the killers -- in advance

Can we spot young, male, angry, frustrated killers in advance? Will science help us identify them in time? Lessons from the past. More »

Honeybees getting lost?

Honeybees getting lost?

As colony collapse disorder continues to attack honeybee hives, a new study shows that a common insecticide interferes with their More »

Putting the brakes on fish invasions

Putting the brakes on fish invasions

Ecologists are desperate to forestall a devastating invasion of the Lakes. Should canal be closed to cut off the damaging fish, or is More »

Civil war: Changing a stuck mind

Civil war: Changing a stuck mind

After six decades, the Palestine-Israel stalemate seems hopeless. But could that very hopelessness be blocking a solution? More »

Weather, climate, war

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 of spending

Science of spending

Can marketers coerce you to buy stuff you don’t need? How do sound, scent, touch and brand affect buying behavior? More »

Biofuel advance

Biofuel advance
Ethanol in gasoline now comes mainly from corn, a food crop. Cellulose, found in crop wastes, wood and switchgrass, could be a great More »

Farming in the city

Farming in the city

Urban farms are sprouting in the most unlikely places. Advocates say they help with nutrition, obesity and job training. More »

Future grid, smart grid

Future grid, smart grid
We need more electricity. More alternative energy. Less greenhouse warming, and better ways to manage our power supply. More »