Curiosity takes its longest drive on Mars yet

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has made its longest Martian drive yet as it trucks along on the Red Planet. NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS An outcrop visible as light-toned streaks in the lower center of this image has been chosen as a place [...]

Srishti Asthana named among the top 15 finalists in Google Science Fair 2013

Chandigarh girl’s search for success with Google Gist: Srishti Asthana, daughter of Punjab IGP S.K. Asthana, named among the top 15 finalists in Google Science Fair 2013 Srishti Asthana, a XI standard student from Millenium School, Mohali [...]

Tiny fossil tells big tale

Scientists use a single finger bone from ancient, humanlike Denisovans to study their connection to modern people and Neandertals The Denisova Cave, in Siberia, is home to the only remains of the ancient Denisovans. Credit: Max Planck Institute [...]

Learning in your sleep

Sleeping and learning go hand in hand, studies have shown for years. Even a brief nap can boost your memory and sharpen your thinking. But the relationship goes deeper than that. In a new study, scientists report that the brain can actually [...]

Fooling the mind’s eye

If you’ve been to a magic show, you’ve almost certainly witnessed the mesmerizing trick in which a showman saws his female assistant in half. The woman lies down, her body seeming to extend the length of the table or some box. The magician [...]

Nuclear Power after Fukushima | Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan

Program on US-Japan Relations / Edwin O. Reischauer Insitute of Japanese Studies Speaker: Charles Ferguson President, Federation of American Scientists Moderator: Susan J. Pharr Director, Program on US-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor [...]

Algae blooms discovered beneath Arctic ice

A NASA mission to study the tiny algae vital to the ocean’s food chain has turned up a massive amount of phytoplankton where scientists least expected it – under the Arctic ice. In a project that uses both satellites and on-site [...]

Transit may shine light on enduring mysteries of Venus

Experts want to know what happened to oceans? Why a super-fast atmosphere? And so on Skywatchers around the world will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Venus cross in front of the sun Tuesday. The so-called transit of Venus is more than [...]

Mysterious Arc of Venus hoped to appear during transit

An armada of spacecraft and ground-based telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive and, until recently, unexpected, when Venus transits the sun on June 5th and 6th. Astronomers are all set to observe The Arc of Venus using 9 coronagraphs [...]

From cancer to quantum, teens’ scientific feats celebrated

Winners of the 2012 Intel ISEF show the promise of science for improving the world New ways to detect cancer, search online social networks and link atoms using quantum physics took the highest honors this week at the 2012 Intel International [...]