Tens of millions of years before humanity sowed its first crops, a somewhat humbler organism was starting up its own large-scale agricultural operations.
If you've been meaning to enter the Foundational Questions Institute essay contest, on the question "Is Reality Digital or Analog?", then you'd better cancel your Valentine's Day date and brew some coffee for an all-nighter this weekend, because the deadline is Tuesday the 15th...
Last week, two intriguing and excellent articles appeared in the journal Nature , demonstrating that the transcription and translation of genes, or even the presence of DNA in the cell, are not necessary for the daily ("circadian") rhythms to occur (O’Neill & Reddy 2011, O’Neill et al., 2011)...
At some point in the past five million years or so, our human ancestors traded in an arboreal existence for a dedicated two-legged life on the ground.
President Obama spent some time on Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Thursday to promote his administration's National Wireless Initiative, a project first mentioned in last month's State of the Union address to make available high-speed wireless services to at least 98 percent of U.S...
The solar system is littered with natural debris—asteroids, comets and pieces of the same that occasionally wind up in the steamrolling path of one of the planets.
A wee flea can propel its 1.8-millimeter-long body 1.9 meters per second in a single leap. How do these mighty mites do it?
The biomechanics of the flea leap have been something of a small controversy in the field of entomology...
When President Obama proposed in 2010 that NASA abandon the line of Ares rockets it was developing to return astronauts to the moon, many feared that U.S.
Most people do their best to avoid contact with Salmonella . This bacteria genus, which often lives on poultry and can find its way into other food products, causes hundreds of thousands of illnesses—and hundreds of deaths—in the U.S...
NASA's STEREO mission has lived up to its name, placing two spacecraft in position to observe both sides of the sun simultaneously. Most solar missions are in mono, so to speak—they rely on a single observatory, from which only one hemisphere of the sun is visible at any given time...
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