October 26, 2012 By now you know that California is preparing to vote Nov. 6 on a ballot initiative to require labels on genetically modified food. While polls show people evenly split on the issue, scientists says such labeling is misleading and may scare consumers.
October 25, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has accepted the scientific consensus that the planet is warming up. But he has not accepted another element of that consensus: that humans are largely responsible. His position is well-grounded in politics, but not so in logic.
October 18, 2012 Stymied by Congress early on in his term while trying to advance his climate policies, President Obama has resorted to taking incremental actions that don't need congressional approval. Mitt Romney doesn't mention climate change in his energy plan, and favors cheap energy sources like coal.
October 9, 2012 David Wineland, a physicist at a federal lab in Boulder, Colo., was recognized for cutting-edge work in quantum computing that's both incredibly esoteric and practical. He'll share the prize with his friend and friendly competitor, Serge Haroche, who is at the College de France in Paris.
September 27, 2012 A huge, magnitude-8.7 earthquake in April produced stronger ground shaking than any earthquake ever recorded, and surprised seismologists by triggering more than a dozen moderate earthquakes around the world. One seismologist thinks we're witnessing the gradual evolution of a new boundary between tectonic plates.
September 11, 2012 Though summer melting is a yearly occurrence in the Arctic sea, this year set a new benchmark: Three-fourths of the ice melted away. Scientists say the effects of this unprecedented melting are likely to result in extreme weather changes throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
September 4, 2012 More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the United States. It's especially bad in urban areas, where cities are heating up about twice as fast as the rest of the planet. But a researcher in Atlanta is using the heat wave as an opportunity to do something about the warming planet.