In the hydrocarbon buffet provided by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, microbes chose to rapidly eat light gases first
Laser altimetry data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have provided a comprehensive look at the cratering history of the inner solar system
Differences in people's ability to gauge their own accuracy may be linked to having more volume--and more connections--in the prefrontal cortex
Robotic companions that are capable of expressing some emotion might be better as pals for autistic children as well as mentors and health advisors for young diabetic patients
Early childhood nutrition may play a role in determining the stature and masculinity of young men, suggests a study that began in 1983
Large arrays of pressure sensors could lend a human sense of touch to robots and might someday form the basis of better prosthetics
Just a few quantum objects could form the basis for a self-contained cooling machine
Scientists investigated several bacterium species and found that they not only could thrive on Mars- and moonlike rocks, but could extract elements useful to future extraterrestrial colonists...
Wind tunnel tests find that flying fish glide as well as some birds
All the world's power plants, vehicles and factories that presently exist may not emit enough carbon dioxide to cause catastrophic climate change
The push for wind as a renewable energy source has turbines sharing the same airspace as aircraft, with aging radar systems unable to tell the difference
Lased and Confused: Off-the-Shelf Infrared Lasers Could Ward Off Missile Attacks on Military Helicopters
A newly developed broad-spectrum laser mounted on choppers could effectively dazzle shoulder-launched antiaircraft weapons in flight, and prevent them from finding and destroying their targets...
A European lab combines "light sheet" microscopy with an illumination process that subtracts the static caused by scattered photons to devise a way to clearly observe the inner workings of cells over a period of days...
The vaccinal eradication of smallpox was a watershed achievement. But with the cessation of regular vaccinations, infection rates from a related poxvirus are increasing in central Africa...
A better way to compile and review climate science starts with making sure the organization charged with it has an adequate and accountable full-time staff
A new study proposes that ultrahigh-energy particles from space may have violent local origins, but not all observations are in agreement
Although liver cells created from induced pluripotent stem cells reflect the defects of their source, they may offer a new tool to study inherited disorders
Researchers hope to make ants a new genetic model organism to study the impact of epigenetics on everything from metabolism to social behavior
As a tobacco hornworm feasts on a plant, it alters the volatile chemicals emitted by the leaves, thereby betraying its location to natural enemies
CyberKnife and other noninvasive radiosurgery systems are producing ever more accurate energy beams, raising the possibility of extending the use of potentially lethal radiation to fight Parkinson's, epilepsy and other afflictions...