Mechanical mouth makes debut

Mechanical mouth makes debut

To measure the molecules that give food taste, you need a standardized eating machine. Meet the mechanical masticator! 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 »

Simple fix boosts truck mileage.

Simple fix boosts truck mileage.

Trucks create a lot of turbulence at the rear. Can a simple set of plates reduce this turbulence and save 10 percent on a fuel bill? More »

Space Science: By Human or Robot?

Space Science: By Human or Robot?

Space shuttle Columbia has crashed, raising questions about research on the space shuttle and the International Space Station. More »

Archaeological Salvage Work

Archaeological Salvage Work

Before some building projects, salvage archaeologists save what they can. What can you learn with a quick-and-dirty dig? Worth it? More »

Spaceship Problems: Why so Many?

Spaceship Problems: Why so Many?

Mars Polar Orbiter: Lost in space. What else goes wrong in the great blue yonder, and what could we do to prevent more problems? More »