The Science of Murphy's Law
Life's little annoyances are not as random
as they seem: the awful truth is that
the universe is against you
Out of Africa Again... and Again?
Africa is the birthplace of humanity.
But how many human species evolved there?
And when did they emigrate?
Jules Verne, Misunderstood Visionary
Discovery of a long-lost novel reveals that, from the start, the father of science fiction was gravely concerned with the dangers of technology
How Erosion Builds Mountains
An understanding of how tectonic, erosional and climatic forces interact to shape mountains permits clearer insights into the earth's history
These microbes thrive under conditions that
would kill other creatures. The molecules
that enable extremophiles to prosper
are becoming useful to industry
Combinatorial Chemistry and New Drugs
An innovative technique that quickly produces large numbers of structurally related compounds is changing the way drugs are discovered
Can Sustainable Management Save Tropical Forests ?
Sustainability proves surprisingly problematic in the quest to reconcile conservation with the production of tropical timber
Black Holes and the Information Paradox
What happens to the information in matter destroyed by a black hole? Searching for that answer, physicists are groping toward a quantum theory of gravity