Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Nobel Prize in Physics for two breakthroughs: Evidence for the Big Bang and a...

Did the universe really begin with a Big Bang? And if so, is there evidence? Are there planets around other stars? Can they support...

Discovery of how cells sense oxygen levels earns Nobel Prize

On the morning of Oct. 7, I woke up with the message from a colleague saying that “HIF got the 2019 Nobel Prize in...

Growing the big one – 6 tips for your own prize-winning tomatoes

When I answer my office phone as an extension vegetable specialist, from time to time it’s someone asking how they can get recognition for...

Curious Kids: How do my eyes adjust to the dark and how long does...

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to...

What moons in other solar systems reveal about planets like Neptune and Jupiter

What is the difference between a planet-satellite system as we have with the Earth and Moon, versus a binary planet – two planets orbiting...

Untangling tattoos’ influence on immune response

I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a...

Why I’m teaching kids science through the sport of rowing

I didn’t know what the world looked like at 5:00 a.m. until my son began rowing for the Detroit Boat Club Crew, the oldest...

Gut microbes can get you drunk and damage your liver

Imagine that you’re a police officer. You spot a car ahead that is swerving all over the road. You pull the driver over and...

Curious Kids: Can people colonize Mars?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to...

Climate change is really about prosperity, peace, public health and posterity – not saving...

The story of climate change is one that people have struggled to tell convincingly for more than two decades. But it’s not for lack...

Sneaky lions in Zambia are moving across areas thought uninhabitable for them

Zambia, a country in southeast Africa, has approximately 1,200 lions, one of the largest lion populations on the continent. More than 40% of the...

Climate change created today’s large crocodiles

What does the term crocodylian bring to mind? A big reptile with a chomping jaw? Crocodylians are the 27 species of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and...

Curious Kids: What was the first computer?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to...

An origin story for the queer community

I came out to a Christian counselor during a therapy session in 2001 when I was 14. He convinced me to engage in conversion...

What is the cryosphere? Hint: It’s vital to farming, fishing and skiing

More than 100 scientists from 30 countries will soon release a special report examining climate change impacts on the oceans and a less familiar...

Reimagining eggshells and other everyday items to grow human tissues and organs

Imagine you wanted to grow a blood vessel or kidney or liver outside the body. How would you get all the cells to stick...

Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting...

Social media have become one of the preeminent ways of disseminating accurate information about vaccines. However, a lot of the vaccine information propagated across...

The womb isn’t sterile – healthy babies are born with bacteria and fungi in...

For the last hundred years, scientists have believed that humans develop in a womb that remains sterile and completely isolated from the collection of...

A newly designed vaccine may help stamp out remaining polio cases worldwide

Public health organizations around the world have been fighting for global eradication of polio since 1988. Through massive vaccination efforts, the incidence of polio...

An artist’s journey into the science of sweat

During steamy days, a body’s physiological response may cause you to wrinkle your nose: the smell of what many people associate with sweat. In reality,...

How do brains tune in to one neural signal out of billions?

The human brain sends hundreds of billions of neural signals each second. It’s an extraordinarily complex feat. A healthy brain must establish an enormous number...

Indian Moon probe’s failure won’t stop an Asian space race that threatens regional security

On Sept. 7, India’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission deployed its Vikram lander for an attempted landing at the Moon’s south pole. Communications with the lander...

Math skills aren’t enough to get through hard decisions – you need confidence, too

Almost a third of American adults don’t have the math skills necessary to make effective decisions about their health and finances. These 73 million people...

I create manipulated images and videos – but quality may not matter much

Lots of people – including Congress – are worried about fake videos and imagery distorting the truth, purporting to show people saying and doing...

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