June 4, 2013 Given the resistance that has grown in this country to any form of science that treads too closely to someone's cherished ideology, celebrating science for the gift that it is with a big, honking festival seems like a good idea, says commentator Adam Frank.
May 11, 2013 There's a move in Congress to name a science laureate. Astronomer Mike Brown hopes that person would do much more than visit schools to encourage kids to consider careers in science. He'd like to see a laureate reach out to the public in all sorts of ways.
April 29, 2013 People crave explanations that are simple, broad, elegant. But the prettiest, most satisfying explanations aren't always the best explanations, as the dark story of Dutch social psychologist Diederik Stapel makes clear.
April 2, 2013 A Dutch design studio is building furniture that is built from a person's unique DNA profile. The process takes genetic profiles, maps them with 3-D imaging and constructs pieces of furniture.
March 1, 2013 An experiment that used rats to create a "brain-to-brain interface" shows that instructions can be transferred between animals via cortical implants, according to scientists. The research could help create "novel types of social interaction and for biological computing devices," says Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University.
February 26, 2013 The relationship between Art and Science is much debated. Commentator Adam Frank says the tight connection between these seemingly different worlds can be seen clearly in the eye-catching work of pop icon Beyoncé. You just have to know what you're looking for.
October 30, 2012 Titan, potentially the world's fastest computer, comes online at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The supercomputer is designed to do more than 20,000 trillion calculations a second, allowing researchers to model everything from black holes to nuclear reactors. And they'll have video gamers to thank for its blazing speed.
October 24, 2012 Scientists often face a quandary when deciding how to communicate important results to the wider world. Commentator Tania Lombrozo asks whether delivering a forceful message to the public on issues of the day is more important than remaining true to the questioning nature of science when addressing a general audience.
September 25, 2012 How can some people accept the complexity and subtlety of the science underpinning our technologically based society and then turn right around to fully place their personal faith in the fantastic explanations of our world offered by religion?
August 6, 2012 KBIAWhen it's hot and humid, you probably don't want to move much and aren't very hungry. The same goes for cows; but when they don't eat, farmers lose money. Using weather data, a new app called Thermal Aid detects the threat of heat stress and offers farmers tips to keep their cows healthy.
July 4, 2012 Science literacy brings independence to the individual and the nation. But American science education is in crisis. What can be done to improve it, inside and outside the classroom?
June 6, 2012 The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, a charity that helps raise money to support the NIH, today announced a $100,000 prize to encourage young scientists. A big check awaits an outstanding young researcher, who happens to be as old as 52.
May 29, 2012 Making the cost of tuition depend on which major you choose is a terrible idea, especially if those higher costs hit students longing for a life in science and technology.
April 23, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman argues that there is more to life than science. He says that we can't know everything, especially what will happen in the future.
December 23, 2011 The Obama administration is trudging ahead with policies designed to protect the integrity of scientific research. But critics of the process say the policies that have been released so far don't do enough to prevent political manipulation of science.