Around 250 million years ago animals in the seas began to diversify with gusto. Remarkably, the evolution of minute plants known as phytoplankton probably powered that dramatic explosion
In the chemistry of life, left-handed amino acids are the rule. Why does nature make so many exceptions?
By Sarah Everts | May 13, 2013
Digital simulations have become so powerful that companies send their products through the wringer—sometimes literally—before ever building a prototype
Scientists have concocted mental fitness regimens to strengthen weak thinking skills in students—in effect, making kids smarter
Will 3-D printing transform conventional manufacturing?
A chain reaction of toxic proteins may help explain Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other killers—an insight that could lead to desperately needed new treatment options
Scientists are building the next generation of atomic-scale devices
By Mihail C. Roco | May 2, 2013
The surface of Mars changes all the time. Is flowing water one of the causes?
Seven next-generation materials promise to change the way the world is made
By Steven Ashley | Apr 30, 2013
The pathogens of land animals are spreading to the oceans, threatening otters, seals, whales, coral and other sea creatures
The peculiar psychology of war likely holds answers for avoiding future atrocities
Humans and robots will work elbow to elbow on the shop floor, but you'll be surprised by who's giving the orders
By David Bourne | Apr 24, 2013
DNA analyses find that early Homo sapiens mated with other human species and hint that such interbreeding played a key role in the triumph of our kind
New medicines for multiple sclerosis have made a big difference in patients' lives, but a breakthrough in therapy may require rethinking the origins of the disease
Introduction to a special report on 3-D printing, nano materials, atomic machines and more
The plight of orphaned Romanian children reveals the psychic and physical scars from first years spent without a loving, responsive caregiver
Scientists are unraveling the causes of fraud and dishonesty and devising new strategies for rooting them out
As oil becomes more expensive, determining where to invest energy to get energy is increasingly important
New imaging methods allow people to observe their brain activity in real-time. This technology could help combat brain-based disorders and improve learning
Treating the less well-recognized social aspects of schizophrenia could help patients lead fuller, more productive lives
Private spaceflights aren't just for well-heeled tourists. The nascent commercial space industry is poised to revolutionize research as well
Neurodegenerative disorders devastate the brain, but doctors hope one day to replace lost cells
To build large organs that work properly, researchers need to find a way to lace them with blood vessels
Scientists are dissecting the placebo effect in hopes of deploying its active ingredients as treatments
Regrowing muscles, tendons and even organs may be possible using nature's own adhesive
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The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative (GBFAI) is launching the 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global NeuroDiscovery Challenge whose
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The Seeker desires a method for producing pseudoephedrine products in such a way that it will be extremely difficult for clandestine che
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