In the pine forests of Idaho, a bird called the South Hills crossbill is waging one seriously bizarre evolutionary war. Over the last 5,000 years or so, the crossbill–so named because the two halves of..
The melting Arctic has become this decade’s Amazon deforestation crisis. There’s no Sting album or fair trade coffee fundraiser, but the world’s attention turns north with each piece of distressing news of the catastrophic polar..
It’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape. That’s why I often go for a run. My teenage son usually joins me. It’s great time to raise interesting questions. Here’s..
On the island of San Juan, just off the coast of Washington, a mad scientist is building fish burritos. He takes a handful of specimens, wraps them in ethanol-soaked cheesecloth, and bundles them together. Then..
Elon Musk wants to go to Mars. And he wants you–especially if you are a NASA string-puller or deep-pocketed futurist–to help him get there. Sporting Tony Stark facial hair, Musk outlined SpaceX’s plan today at..
Research requires money, and money requires lawmakers who pass budgets (that benefit their state and, ideally, the world). But a number of science-minded members of Congress are retiring after this term, and that means crucial..
NASA announced yesterday that the Hubble Space Telescope likely spied plumes of ice coming from the surface of Europa. This adds even more to the scientific allure of one of Jupiter’s largest moons as more..
Here’s a quick experiment. Take an object–just about any object will work–and place it on a flat surface. Give it a shove. I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see the object speed up..
A few years ago, my mother called with an urgent request. She was agitated. She had just come from a meeting of her Jewish women’s group, where she had learned about BRCA1 and BRCA2, the..
Last week, NASA announced its scientists had found “surprising activity” on Jupiter’s moon Europa. And, just like you’d expect, the space-dork corner of the Internet whipped itself into a frenzy. Because that kind of vague..