October 3, 2012 From Earth, lifeless Mars can seem like a serene and boring planet. However, scientists noticed some little black dots in a satellite image of the Martian sand that may hint at an exciting, explosive geography.
October 3, 2012 In political debates, candidates frequently avoid uncomfortable topics by diverting the conversation to an unrelated strength. Many politicians hire debate coaches who have perfected this technique, called "the pivot." So why do these dodges usually evade our cognitive radar? A psychologist explains.
October 2, 2012 High food prices have often been cited as a factor behind mass protest movements. But a group of researchers say food prices can actually be used to predict when social unrest will occur. And according to their mathematical modeling, we've hit the threshold for more waves of riots.
October 1, 2012 Biomedical researchers believed that most retractions of published studies were the result of honest errors. An analysis of retractions over four decades finds that's not the case.
October 1, 2012 Decades ago, kids were encouraged to play outside and explore the outdoors. Nowadays, protective parents have reined in their children, leading to strictly structured (and supervised) playtime. The kids don't seem to be fighting it, but do these new rules stymie childhood creativity?
September 30, 2012 Tiny ocean organisms known as plankton are vital to life on Earth, generating enough oxygen to account for every other breath you take. As climate change alters the temperature and acidity of our waters, these mysterious ocean creatures may be in jeopardy.
September 28, 2012 Charles Monnett's 2006 report on drowning polar bears became a rallying cry for environmentalists. Then he was accused of scientific misconduct. On Friday, he learned he had been cleared.
September 28, 2012 Virologists have published the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, which has killed one man and hospitalized another. The mystery virus is most closely related to coronaviruses that infect bats in Southeast Asia. But this doesn't necessarily mean that the men caught the virus directly from bats.
September 28, 2012 Angry pet owners who believe contaminated Waggin' Train chicken jerky strips killed their pets are targeting the stores that sell them. Meanwhile, the FDA says it doesn't have enough evidence to issue a recall.
September 28, 2012 When William Buckland was a kid, an undergraduate at Oxford in the late 1790s, he pulled a prank that was so rude, so smart, and so biologically sophisticated for his day, he deserves a crown for The Best Use of Grass Ever.