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...
Amidst frigid weather conditions, 350 ice-covered Chevrolet Volts hit the roads aboard transport trucks headed from General Motors's Detroit assembly plant to car dealerships in California, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C...
Greasy French fries and calorie-dense pizza slices are common items on public school cafeteria trays across the U.S. But a new child nutrition bill, signed into law Monday by President Obama, will dedicate more federal funds to improving the health of school meals—and making sure the meals standards are based on solid science...
The U.S. Constitution does not support a provision of the landmark health care law passed this year that would require most people to get health insurance, according to a Monday ruling by a federal judge in Virginia...
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