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Robot Ants Have No Choice But to Demonstrate Efficiency

Scientists are always looking for a better way to get from Point A to Point B. Now sugarcube-sized robots that act like a colony of ants are teaching researchers the best way to do that.

The DeExtinction Dilemma

Just because we can do something does that mean we should? That’s the big question that a group of scientists started addressing as they imagined a world where extinct animals — ranging from the ivory-billed woodpecker to the woolly mammoth — roam freely.

Prehistoric Camel Unearthed in Canadian Arctic Tells Climate Story

The story of climate change in the Arctic 3.5 million years ago and the discovery of the first known American camel — a dromedary 30 percent larger than today’s desert-dwellers — started when paleobiologist Natalia Rybczynski walked into a lecture in Ottawa, Canada being given by Earth science professor John Gosse.

Dog Cancer Study Needs Pups

The leading cause of doggy death for canines over two years old is cancer. Not surprisingly pet lovers would like to spend more time with their pooches because 12-15 years just isn’t enough. Right now the biggest question facing veterinarians is how often cancer arises in dogs. They just don’t know.

Hello Kitty Goes to Space

13-year-old Lauren Rojas is making headlines this week after sending her Hello Kitty doll to the edge of space as part of her 7th Grade science fair project. The California teen was inspired by a Citi Rewards commercial that shows three 30-something friends driving to...

Citizen Hockey Scientists Check Climate Change

RinkWatch is the newest way to incorporate an important Canadian national pastime with a little science in an effort to measure climate change. The new citizen science project is encouraging everyone with a backyard hockey rink to log into the RinkWatch website and describe...

Robot Ants Have No Choice But to Demonstrate Efficiency

Scientists are always looking for a better way to get from Point A to Point B. Now sugarcube-sized robots that act like a colony of ants are teaching researchers the best way to do that.

HeLa Cell Genome Sparks Privacy Concerns

When a European team announced they had successfully sequenced the entire genome of the first immortalized cell line they didn’t think it would cause a controversy. While they were happy to have successfully lined up all the billions of genetic base pairs of the HeLa...

Diatoms Are Next Go-To Nano Biorefinery

Single-celled marine creatures may hold the secret to unlocking solar technology, biodiesel and nutraceutical production that would allow panel prices to plummet and could make the clean energy source accessible and viable for everyone. But we have a lot to learn from the...

Charles Simonyi: Space Tourist and Good Son

Known as the father of Microsoft Word and Excel, billionaire tech titan Charles Simonyi has been to space twice, spending two two-week stints aboard the International Space Station. The high-profile astronaut is a neighbor of Bill Gates just outside of Seattle who recently...

Fixing Food with Science

Cookbook author David Joachim shows how his book The Science Of Good Food can fix most any kitchen mess. And in this video you’ll learn how to turn a basic custard into a delicious orange flan. Joachim says you can turn to the book when you are baking a cake and...

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

They call William Kamkwamba “the boy who harnessed the wind.” At 14, after dropping out of school, the African boy in a rural Malawi village taught himself how electricity works, and built a windmill from scraps and pieces of a bicycle. Now 22, Kamkwmaba has a...

OREO Commissions Scientists for Cookie Experiment

Nabisco’s famous OREO cookies used to come with a warning; Don’t fiddle with the middle. But a new social media campaign is encouraging people to build contraptions, Rube Goldberg machines and even robots to separate the white OREO cream filling from the...

Dog Cancer Study Needs Pups

The leading cause of doggy death for canines over two years old is cancer. Not surprisingly pet lovers would like to spend more time with their pooches because 12-15 years just isn’t enough. Right now the biggest question facing veterinarians is how often cancer arises in dogs. They just don’t know.

U.S. Vows to Open Science, Quietly, Slowly

Any good crisis public relations expert knows that the best day to release bad news is on Friday afternoon. Most people are looking forward to the weekend and not paying big attention to the news. And it’s even better if there is something headline grabbing during the...

Prehistoric Camel Unearthed in Canadian Arctic Tells Climate Story

The story of climate change in the Arctic 3.5 million years ago and the discovery of the first known American camel — a dromedary 30 percent larger than today’s desert-dwellers — started when paleobiologist Natalia Rybczynski walked into a lecture in Ottawa, Canada being given by Earth science professor John Gosse.

Vegas Fossil Bed Could become Newest Ice Age Attraction

Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of America. But it is also located near one of the most prolific fossil beds in North America. Nevada university students dig in the dirt about 30 minutes off the Strip whenever they can. Some students have been chipping away at rock...

Robot Ants Have No Choice But to Demonstrate Efficiency

Scientists are always looking for a better way to get from Point A to Point B. Now sugarcube-sized robots that act like a colony of ants are teaching researchers the best way to do that.

Coder Shortage Spurs Computer Science Push in Schools

Did you ever wonder how people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other high-profile computer programmers got their start? Anyone with dial-up knows that Bill Gates founded the software company Microsoft and that Mark Zuckerberg started the social media revolution with...

Visualizing Big Data with 3D CAVE

Scientists at the University of Chicago are creating a Star-Trek-like holodeck to push science fiction closer to science fact. The new wraparound 3D environment allows researchers to stroll through the human brain, hover over the surface of Mars or travel through a virtual...

DNA Test Shows Rampant Fish Fraud

  Something’s definitely fishy at the fish market, the sushi restaurant and across the seafood industry. New research from the organization Oceana shows that up to one third of all seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. And the only way to tell the differences...

Meteorite Explosion over Russia Injures 1,000

A ten-ton hunk of space rock traveling at about 33,000 miles per hour exploded over the Ural Mountains in Russia this morning. Car alarms blared as a streaking white-hot piece of a larger meteor disintegrated over a city about 900 miles from Moscow. The morning commute in...

Flu Season May Be Worst in Ten Years

For those who have had the distinct displeasure of being laid flat out for up to three weeks from the flu, the seasonal malady is no laughing matter. Today the Centers for Disease Control said, “The bottom line is there is still a lot of influenza activity out...

Voyager Hits the Heliopause

In the 1970s the son of Carl Sagan recorded the now iconic sentence, “Hello, from the children of planet Earth.” Now 36 years later Nick Sagan watches with the rest of planet Earth as Voyager 1 leaves the confines of the solar system and ventures into the unknown of interstellar space.

Dark Matter Detected…Sort of

The simplest description of dark matter is matter that doesn’t interact with light. It also doesn’t directly interact with any atoms, which makes it almost impossible to observe. Only using sophisticated gravitational detection techniques, based on one of Sir...

French Adults Functionally Cured of HIV

  Just two weeks after a two-year-old Mississippi girl was reportedly cured of HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a group of French research subjects have also been functionally cured of the virus that leads to AIDS. And their functional cure happened years before...

OREO Commissions Scientists for Cookie Experiment

Nabisco’s famous OREO cookies used to come with a warning; Don’t fiddle with the middle. But a new social media campaign is encouraging people to build contraptions, Rube Goldberg machines and even robots to separate the white OREO cream filling from the...

Hello Kitty Goes to Space

13-year-old Lauren Rojas is making headlines this week after sending her Hello Kitty doll to the edge of space as part of her 7th Grade science fair project. The California teen was inspired by a Citi Rewards commercial that shows three 30-something friends driving to...

Crowdfunding Science

Who could say No to a face like this? Especially when that face is attached to a scientist doing cool research? Kevin Miklasz is just about to finish his PhD in Biomechanics at Stanford University. At the end of the month he’ll be one of many well-educated scientists...

Ready, Aim, Print: 3-D Gun Printing Becomes a Reality

25-year-old Cody Wilson is a well spoken and articulate guy with a bold idea. He is making digital files that will allow people to use 3-D printers to make working parts for homemade guns. And he’s hoping to have the latest version finished and ready for free...

Diatoms Are Next Go-To Nano Biorefinery

Single-celled marine creatures may hold the secret to unlocking solar technology, biodiesel and nutraceutical production that would allow panel prices to plummet and could make the clean energy source accessible and viable for everyone. But we have a lot to learn from the...

OREO Commissions Scientists for Cookie Experiment

Nabisco’s famous OREO cookies used to come with a warning; Don’t fiddle with the middle. But a new social media campaign is encouraging people to build contraptions, Rube Goldberg machines and even robots to separate the white OREO cream filling from the...

Mediterranean Diet Best for Heart Health

Olive oil is good for heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish prevents plaque build up. And even a glass of red wine will keep the old ticker…ticking. When you put all those heart healthy food components together you get the Mediterranean diet. And new...

DNA Test Shows Rampant Fish Fraud

  Something’s definitely fishy at the fish market, the sushi restaurant and across the seafood industry. New research from the organization Oceana shows that up to one third of all seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. And the only way to tell the differences...

Weight Loss Myths Busted (and 9 Facts)

The beginning of the year is the time when most people who need to shed some pounds turn to informercials and the Internet in search of their waistlines. But it’s hard to tell what’s what when it comes to weight loss. New research in the New England Journal of...

Greenland Ice Core Shows Antarctica’s Global Warming Vulnerability

Scientists have been stymied for years, trying to see back further than 110,000 years into Greenland’s climate history. The ice-covered island, named by Eric the Red is hardly green. It was though at one time and it may be heading rapidly in that direction again. Home...

Unusual Martian Rock Lands in Sahara Desert

About 110 Martian meteorites have landed on Earth. All but one fall into three categories — named after 3 space rocks. They are Shergotty, Nakhla, and Chassigny. In 2011 a Martian meteorite landed in the Sahara desert. NASA astronomers call it Black Beauty. It’s...

Diatoms Are Next Go-To Nano Biorefinery

Single-celled marine creatures may hold the secret to unlocking solar technology, biodiesel and nutraceutical production that would allow panel prices to plummet and could make the clean energy source accessible and viable for everyone. But we have a lot to learn from the...

The DeExtinction Dilemma

Just because we can do something does that mean we should? That’s the big question that a group of scientists started addressing as they imagined a world where extinct animals — ranging from the ivory-billed woodpecker to the woolly mammoth — roam freely.

DNA Test Shows Rampant Fish Fraud

  Something’s definitely fishy at the fish market, the sushi restaurant and across the seafood industry. New research from the organization Oceana shows that up to one third of all seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. And the only way to tell the differences...

Whale Shark Spotters Wanted

Conservationists have been using unique marks on different animals to track their movement over time and to distinguish one animal from another. Humpback whale flukes are like fingerprints and each whale has a unique color pattern, shape and scar marks, allowing scientists...

Mary Lee Pushes Jaws Out of Shark Limelight

Mary Lee is blowing Chris Fischer’s mind. The 3,500-pound great white shark isn’t doing what he thought. After tagging the giant fish and tracking her up and down the eastern U.S. coast, the shark wrangler is amazed at this shark’s movement. But before...

The Spectral Beauty of Universality

Math, man and nature all converge in universality. This very complex pattern — that looks like a bar code — appears over an over again in complex climate models, the structure of the Internet and even in complicated computer models of dark matter. Mathematicians...

Science of…the Olympics – Measuring a Champion

Science of…The Summer Olympics is a 10-part series created by the National Science Foundation, NBC Learn and the 2012 London Games. REALscience will examine the engineering of sports during the three-week Olympic games. Video courtesy of NBC Learn. The Olympics are...

Lend Your Voice for Parkinson’s Disease

Boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox both have one thing in common — they suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a debilitating neurological disease with no cure and no real way of detecting until the symptoms become visible. Commonly...

Dark Matter Detected…Sort of

The simplest description of dark matter is matter that doesn’t interact with light. It also doesn’t directly interact with any atoms, which makes it almost impossible to observe. Only using sophisticated gravitational detection techniques, based on one of Sir...

Higgs Boson Cements Place in the Standard Model of Physics

  Last summer scientists decided that the Large Hadron Collider had spotted a Higgs boson, that elusive subatomic particle that has been theorized for a long time but never observed directly. It’s the particle that physicists believe gives all matter mass, which...

ALMA Pokes the Biggest Eye into the Sky

For several years the Hubble Space Telescope has been sending remarkable pictures back to Earth that have fundamentally changed the way we view the universe. Now there is a new high-powered telescope on the astronomical block. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter...

Ready, Aim, Print: 3-D Gun Printing Becomes a Reality

25-year-old Cody Wilson is a well spoken and articulate guy with a bold idea. He is making digital files that will allow people to use 3-D printers to make working parts for homemade guns. And he’s hoping to have the latest version finished and ready for free...

HeLa Cell Genome Sparks Privacy Concerns

When a European team announced they had successfully sequenced the entire genome of the first immortalized cell line they didn’t think it would cause a controversy. While they were happy to have successfully lined up all the billions of genetic base pairs of the HeLa...

Robot Ants Have No Choice But to Demonstrate Efficiency

Scientists are always looking for a better way to get from Point A to Point B. Now sugarcube-sized robots that act like a colony of ants are teaching researchers the best way to do that.

Orbiting Junk Yard Begins Recycling Program

There are 1,300 satellites in low-Earth orbit, forming a communications shell around the planet. But only 500 of them are functioning. The rest have been collected and moved out of the way of spacecraft and working satellites and put into an orbiting junk yard. The Defense...

Engineer Plans Big Treasure Hunt

Walt Disney called his engineers “imagineers.” Now British mechanical engineer and archaeologist Shaun Whitehead is calling himself a “creationeer.” He says its a special combination of creativity and engineering. And its taken him to great heights...

Budget Cuts Smash Big Science Hopes

Budget Cuts Smash Big Science Hopes By: Michael C. Bradbury Deep beneath the Franco-Swiss border, the Large Hadron Collider is smashing atoms in hopes of recreating the moments just following the big bang. And, in the process scientists are learning more about particle...

The Love Hormone Field Test

It’s a rare occasion when a scientist can test a theory outside the confines of a laboratory. So when Paul Zak got a call from New Scientist reporter Linda Geddes to take her blood at her wedding, he just couldn’t say no. Dr. Zak is an ocytoxin researcher who...

Science on Track for Big Budget Gains in 2011

The federal agencies submitted their budget requests to Congress this week, marking a big moment for all things science. According to preliminary reports about $148 billion of the Presidents full $3.8 trillion budget is heading for scientific research programs. Photo...

Voyager Hits the Heliopause

In the 1970s the son of Carl Sagan recorded the now iconic sentence, “Hello, from the children of planet Earth.” Now 36 years later Nick Sagan watches with the rest of planet Earth as Voyager 1 leaves the confines of the solar system and ventures into the unknown of interstellar space.

Dark Matter Detected…Sort of

The simplest description of dark matter is matter that doesn’t interact with light. It also doesn’t directly interact with any atoms, which makes it almost impossible to observe. Only using sophisticated gravitational detection techniques, based on one of Sir...

Amazon CEO Recovers Apollo Rocket Engines from Ocean Floor

Jeff Bezos has been on a year-long fishing expedition. But the CEO of Seattle-based Amazon.com wasn’t deep-sea fishing at his leisure and his deep sea is deeper than most. Bezos Expeditions has been trolling the waters near Cape Canaveral, Florida looking for signs of...

2012 Hottest Year Ever for U.S.

Remember the great heat-breaking year of 1998? It was a scorcher to be sure. That was 15 years ago and at the time it was the hottest year on record. Then few climate scientists would say that this was a harbinger of global warming. But many of them knew it probably was....

Dark Purple or Hot Pink Is the New Superhot

To account for the off-the-chart high temperatures during Australia’s current heat wave the Australian Bureau of Meteorology — the national body responsible for colorful temperature and precipitation charts — did the only sensible thing. They added a couple...

Superstorm Sandy Supersized by Climate Change

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There is nothing super about mega, extra-tropical hybrid storm Sandy that scoured the New Jersey coast line, flooded New York City’s vast subway system and dumped feet of snow in West Virginia....

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French Adults Functionally Cured of HIV

  Just two weeks after a two-year-old Mississippi girl was reportedly cured of HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a group of French research subjects have also been functionally cured of the virus that leads to AIDS. And their functional cure happened years before...

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Mars Rover Finds Ingredients for Life

NASA Press Conference, March 12, 2013 (36:07) The whole purpose of the most sophisticated and expensive science mission to Mars was to determine if the planet could have ever supported life based on the chemical composition of the red planet. Today, NASA says,...

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