The Google Lunar X Prize, announced in 2007 to spur private ventures to the moon, is down to five competitors. One or more may get there this year.
A fish farm in the city of Grayling has prompted debate (and a legal challenge) about its impact on the Au Sable, a stream revered by anglers.
Daniel Kronauer’s transgenic ants offer scientists the chance to explore the evolution of animal societies — and, perhaps, our own.
Maria Sibylla Merian captivated Europeans with her studies of insects, only to later have her work largely dismissed. Now, her findings are being celebrated again.
January 23, 2017 Trilobites By KENNETH CHANG An asteroid is a smaller-than-a-planet rock orbiting in the inner solar system. A meteor is the streak of light of a space rock plunging into the atmosphere, and a meteorite is the remnant of space rock that survives the fiery descent and comes to rest… Continue reading
Copper bracelets and other folk remedies, like magnetic straps, were no more effective against arthritis than a placebo, a study found.
The nation’s biggest offshore wind project is up for approval, a test of how far states can pursue a clean-energy agenda in the Trump era.
January 20, 2017 Trilobites By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR The tale of the Tasmanian tiger was tragic. Once numerous across Tasmania, the doglike marsupial was branded a sheep killer by colonists in the 1830s and hunted to extinction. The last of its kind, Benjamin, died in a zoo in 1936, and with it… Continue reading
The plant’s thick green foliage, seemingly immune to winter’s freezes, has had longstanding appeal, while its berries are valuable food for wildlife.
January 20, 2017 Claudia Dreifus A CONVERSATION WITH Geneticists tell us that somewhere between 1 and 5 percent of the genome of modern Europeans and Asians consists of DNA inherited from Neanderthals, our prehistoric cousins. At Vanderbilt University, John Anthony Capra, an evolutionary genomics professor, has been combining high-powered computation and a… Continue reading