Graphene, a newly isolated form of carbon, provides a rich lode of novel fundamental physics and practical applications
A revolutionary kind of laser light called an optical frequency comb makes possible a more precise type of atomic clock and many other applications
Recklessly starving the world's fourth-largest lake to irrigate crops turned rich waters into a barren wasteland. Now the northern part, at least, is coming back
Progress on the road to regenerating major body parts, salamander-style, could transform the treatment of amputations and major wounds
Radiation monitors at U.S. ports cannot reliably detect highly enriched uranium, which onshore terrorists could assemble into a nuclear bomb
Game theory helps to explain the pervasive abuse of drugs in cycling, baseball and other sports
On other worlds, plants could be red, blue, even black
Of Ants, Elephants and Acacias
Without large grazing herbivores to eat them, acacia trees suffer because of a shift in the ant populations they house.
Grass Makes Better Ethanol Than Corn Does
Midwestern farms prove switchgrass could be the right crop for producing ethanol to replace gasoline.
What Are We Thinking When We Try to Solve Problems?
New research indicates what happens in the brain when we are faced with a dilemma.
Life’s U-Shaped Path of Happiness
A cross-cultural study of 74 countries finds that most people do indeed have a midlife crisis.
Looking at the Sun Can Trigger a Sneeze
This common reaction has a mysterious genetic underpinning.
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