The year ahead in science
Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.
Why we need to listen to the real experts in science
If we want to use scientific thinking to solve problems, we need people to appreciate evidence and heed expert advice.
Science at risk as young researchers increasingly denied research grants
America's youngest scientists, increasingly losing research dollars, are leaving the academic biomedical workforce, a brain drain that poses grave risks for the future of science, according to an article ...
Indian scientists debate claims Hindu sages pioneered aviation
A series of sensational claims, including that ancient Hindu sages were the pioneers of aviation and algebra, have triggered a furious debate in Indian academic circles amid warnings that nationalist breast-beating ...
Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight, but can we really predict the end of the world?
The second hand of the Doomsday Clock is now only three minutes to midnight. This is the closest to apocalypse we have come since 1984 – the coldest of Cold War years, just a year after Able Archer, the ...
Corks seal a wine's fate: aging under natural vs synthetic closures
Most foods are best as fresh as possible. I remember picking peaches at my grandfather's ranch in Northern California and eating them on the spot. What a taste! But the exceptions to this rule are the many ...
India to check on toilet use in 'real time'
India's government Wednesday announced a nationwide scheme to check whether people are using toilets as part of a cleanliness drive championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mosquito-borne diseases stymied Ming Dynasty attempts to invade southern neighbor
Chinese rulers spent hundreds of years and sacrificed countless lives building a meandering 5,500-mile earth, stone, and brick wall along the country's northern border, designed to keep invaders from attacking ...
Best of Last Week – Extending Einstein's spooky action, accelerated sea level rise and city personality mismatches
Best of Last Week – Halting photons, a peer review problem and circadian clock shifting from e-readers
Atomic Scientists: We're getting even closer to doomsday (Update)
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that's ...
Best of Last Week – New explanation for dark matter, a simulation of the universe and the randomness of cancer
Best of Last Week – Sun may determine lifespan, super-insulated clothing and a new kind of diet pill
Cutting funding for basic scientific research would be a big mistake
For all the exciting stories and developments that basic science research produces, there is one question that the public never tires of asking: "What are the possible applications of that discovery?" or ...