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Misdeeds, Not Mistakes, Behind Most Scientific Retractions

When there’s something really wrong with a published study, the journal can retract it, much like a carmaker recalling a […]

Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Is That Always A Good Thing?

There was a time — and it wasn’t that long ago — when kids would leave home on a summer […]

A Tiny Ocean World With A Mighty Important Future

As you take in your next breath of air, you can thank a form of microscopic marine life known as […]

Holy Bat Virus! Genome Hints At Origin Of SARS-Like Virus

On the surface, the new coronavirus detected in the Middle East this month looks quite similar to SARS. It apparently […]

The Best College Prank Of The 1790s (With Bats, Poop & Grass)

In yesterday’s post, I crowned an Oxford geologist William Buckland as Most Daring Eater Ever. And he was. But I […]

NASA’s Curiosity Finds Water Once Flowed On Mars

NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, has snapped photos of rocky outcroppings that jut out from the alien soil, and scientists […]

Medical Electronics Built To Last Only A Little While

Most engineers build things to last. But a group of mechanical and electrical engineers are working on electronics that will […]

Who Wants To Eat Jellyfish Omelettes? Dolphin Meatballs? Mouse-On-Toast? These Guys

Foodwise, we live in choosy times, mostly choosing, “no thank you.” More and more of us choose not to eat […]

Big Quakes Signal Changes Coming To Earth’s Crust

On April 11 of this year, an extraordinary cluster of earthquakes struck off Sumatra. The largest shock, magnitude 8.7, produced […]

Scientists Go Deep On Genes Of SARS-Like Virus

When an unknown virus emerges, disease detectives turn to gene sequencers — not magnifying glasses — to identify the culprit. […]

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