The search for helium-3 has been a motivating factor in space exploration, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). “It is thought that this isotope...
Study: Humans Causing Sixth Extinction Event on Earth
Vitus Bering, the famous explorer, led perhaps the most ambitious scientific expedition ever in the 1730s. Commanding 10,000 people, he was in charge of exploring... Read more
Dinosaur Eggs Get Ready to Hatch Their Secrets—200 Million Years Later
In the late winter of 1976, the world famous fossil collector James Kitching was doing a survey near South Africa’s border with Lesotho. To his... Read more
Do Emotions Like Shame Botch Psych Research?
Thomas Scheff would like psychologists to talk about emotion—not just to share feelings, but to advance science. According to Scheff, intuition could be the catalyst... Read more
Pure Tones Make It Tougher to Isolate Noises
In a noisy restaurant, music plays, glasses clink, and servers discuss the specials. All of these sounds hit the eardrum at the same time, yet conversation continues... Read more
We Owe Caterpillars for Spicy Mustard
The next time you put mustard on a hotdog or horseradish on a burger, thank caterpillars and brassica for that extra flavor. While these condiments... Read more
Will Head Transplants Create an Entirely New Person?
The world’s first full head transplant could take place as soon as 2017 if the controversial plans by Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero come to... Read more
Plasmonics: Revolutionizing Light-Based Technologies via Electron Oscillations in Metals
For centuries, artists mixed silver and gold powder with glass to fabricate colorful windows to decorate buildings. The results were impressive, but they didn’t have... Read more
Math Students Just Did Baseball a Huge Favor
Baseball’s major leagues have been using computers to produce their schedules for years, but for the minors, where resources are harder to come by, the... Read more
Are Older Fathers Really More Likely to Have Autistic Children?
Last month, the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal provoked outcries among feminists when she revealed that a Hollywood producer told her while casting for a film that... Read more
Hawkmoths Slow Their Brains to See in the Dark
It’s difficult enough to see things in the dark, but if you’re a hummingbird-sized hawkmoth you also have to juggle hovering in midair while tracking... Read more
SpaceX Announces Design Competition for Hyperloop
LOS ANGELES—Billionaire Elon Musk wants to jump-start his Hyperloop high-speed transit system. Musk’s rocket-building company, SpaceX, announced Monday that it plans to build a 1-mile... Read more
To Build Better Aircraft, Watch the Birdie (and the Bee)
Researchers are taking cues from how birds and bees use vision in flight to design future autopilots and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). “By mimicking birds,... Read more
Tiny Gold ‘Pucks’ Measure Conductivity
Researchers have discovered a new way to make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements at optical frequencies on high-speed nanoscale electronic components. In a series of experiments, the... Read more
Could Geneticists Make Jurassic World a Reality?
In 1990, Michael Crichton published his novel Jurassic Park, in which scientists bring dinosaurs that had been extinct for millions of years back to life,... Read more
How to Sail Through Space on Sunbeams – Solar Satellite Leads the Way
A new kind of spacecraft that sails on sunlight has just been successfully deployed above Earth. The LightSail satellite yesterday overcame a series of glitches... Read more
27 of Einstein’s Personal Letters Going on Auction Block
LOS ANGELES—When he wasn’t busy scribbling out the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein seems to have spent a fair amount of time writing letters involving... Read more