science


Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Nanomaterials arranged on a chip before being cut into their final forms at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif.

The Malaria Fighter

The Malaria Fighter

Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer has run the President's Malaria Initiative for the last eight years.

Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Science Tools Anyone Can Afford

Manu Prakash with his mother, center, in India, where it was not long before he began showing an appetite for science.

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Listening to Elephants With Earthquake-Monitoring Tools

Studies have shown that elephants may be monitoring ground vibrations through their bodies, fleeing for higher ground moments before distant tsunamis strike or stomping on the ground to warn others of danger.

A Few Species of Frogs That Vanished May Be on the Rebound

A Few Species of Frogs That Vanished May Be on the Rebound

A healthy variable harlequin frog with golden coloring in the streams of Panama.

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

Elephants, like their forebears mastodons and mammoths, carry a unique gene whose proteins kill off potentially cancerous cells.

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

Humpback Whale Baby Boom Near Antarctica

Humpback whales in the southern oceans around Antarctica appear to be breeding successfully, recovering their population.

Poisonous Prey Turned Into Hunter’s Defense

Poisonous Prey Turned Into Hunter’s Defense

Cnidarians, including corals and many jellyfish, feed and defend themselves with stinging capsules. Some sea slugs have evolved several lines of defense.

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Review: ‘Pit Bull’ Traces Path From Fighter to Pet to Demon

Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey
Knopf, $26.95
330 pages

The Amargosa River Defies the Desert

The Amargosa River Defies the Desert

An abandoned car along the Amargosa River Trail, which runs between Death Valley and the Mojave Desert in California.

Creatures, Strange and Complex, in Colorful Detail

Creatures, Strange and Complex, in Colorful Detail

A change encounter with the colors of a squid.

What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought

Merino sheep on a farm in Alexandra, New Zealand. Scientists found that differences in the cells on a hair explain a sheep’s curls, and may offer insights for other mammals, like us.

Unsettling News on Knee Surgery, and a Striking Neanderthal Gene

Unsettling News on Knee Surgery, and a Striking Neanderthal Gene

An image captured from NASA TV showing astronaut Mike Hopkins during a spacewalk outside the Ineternational Space Station.

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

Humans Are Spreading Deadly Bee Virus, Study Says

A honeybee with pollen on its legs.


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