July 6, 2012 Rising water temperatures and increasing ocean acidity can kill coral reefs. But a new study finds that dead reefs can potentially recover from catastrophes if ocean temperatures stabilize. Some scientists say the resiliency of coral reef may be the key to their survival.
July 4, 2012 Rube Goldberg's name has become synonymous with the American spirit of invention. No wonder: He was born on the Fourth of July. And what's more American than inventing new ways to get the ketchup onto the holiday hot dog?
July 4, 2012 The Higgs, credited with giving particles mass, was the missing piece of the Standard Model of physics. Without it, the world would be a massless mess of photons flying at light speed.
July 3, 2012 Vultures are generally not admired, but maybe they should be: All over the world, these birds do the hard work of gobbling up dead animals and recycling that flesh into the Earth. And nowadays, nature's prize janitors are seriously down on their luck.
July 2, 2012 A study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark finds an association between suicide attempts and infection with a common parasite. The findings don't prove the parasite is the cause, but they add more evidence to a hypothesis that's been gaining momentum.
July 2, 2012 The buzz is that on July 4, scientists may announce they're closing in on the elusive Higgs boson particle. The quest for the so-called "God particle" has gone on for decades; physicists say its existence is necessary to explain key information about our universe.
July 1, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell could drill several exploratory oil wells into the waters off the north shore of Alaska this summer. The potential prize is huge, but so is the risk, should there be an oil spill in the pristine and remote region. So Shell is recruiting locals and training them to confront oil in icy waters.
June 30, 2012 A huge system of thunderstorms called a derecho plows through several midwestern and southern states, killing several people, causing heavy damage and cutting electricity to millions. More bad weather is predicted.