The aftermath of burning a mountain of coal isn't pretty. It's not just the ash itself; it's also the toxic elements that have been purified by fire out of the "fossilized sunshine."Those toxic elements come along for the ride when the coal ash spills, like it did near Kingston, Tenn., on December 22, 2008...
Ocean acidification, the result of roughly a third of global CO2 emissions dissolving into the seawater and lowering its pH, has complicated and poorly understood consequences for ocean ecosystems...
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often exhibit a heightened ability to pick out patterns and excel at other visual-spatial tests. But a new study puts this presumption to the test in a more real-world scenario and finds that ASD kids are actually found wanting when it comes to search skills...
My wife has first dibs on our New Yorker each week, so I only just got around to reading Jonah Lehrer’s piece on the scientific method in last week's issue, which has been getting so much attention from my fellow science writers...
Human #1: "Hello, nice weather today, isn't it?" Human #2: "Ummm...actually not. It's a gray, cold, windy, rainy kind of day!" Many a joke depends on confusion about the meaning of language, as in the example above...
A near-perfect alignment of the sun, the moon and Earth will provide sky watchers a generous holiday gift on the night of December 20 and the morning of December 21.
SAN FRANCISCO—City lights may do more than hide a starry sky: they could indirectly worsen daytime smog. Measurements of light pollution over Los Angeles have revealed a brighter glow than chemists expected—bright enough to destroy chemicals that would otherwise help cleanse the air during a dark night...
NASA's Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, is one of the finest and most prolific machines ever built for seeking out worlds orbiting distant stars.
SAN FRANCISCO—The first 30 pixels of information ever recorded of a lightning bolt in the x-ray spectrum was presented as a video December 14 here at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union...
The severed head of King Henri IV has been identified from the jumbled remains in the mass graves in Paris's Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis. A team of researchers used a host of scientific strategies to confirm the head's owner, who was killed in 1610...
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