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An Incubator for Innovation

An Incubator for Innovation

From left, Daniel Riley, Etosha Cave, Ilan Gur and Steven Kaye of the Cyclotron Road program at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which has enrolled scientists who are starting energy-related research.

A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

A Synthetic Biology Conference Lures an Intriguing Audience

Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that synthetic biology, which involves the creation of biological systems intended for specific purposes, can generate scientific advances as well as ethical questions.

Owls See the World Much Like We Do

Owls See the World Much Like We Do

Even though barn owls have simple brains, a new study suggests they can visually process objects in ways similar to that of animals with more sophisticated perception.

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes

A laser beam shot from one of four telescope units of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, one of the largest in the world. New telescopes such as the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope would dwarf it — if they're completed.

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A Rising Threat to Wildlife: Electrocution

A woman prayed over the bodies of two Asian elephants that were electrocuted in Siliguri, India.

Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home

Clown Fish Need More Energy to Live in a Bleached Home

Researchers at the University of Glasgow studied physiological indicators of stress in clown fish living with bleached anemones, a result of warming temperatures and other environmental disturbances.

Wild Tomatoes Repel Whiteflies, Study Finds

Wild Tomatoes Repel Whiteflies, Study Finds

Cherry tomatoes. Researchers found that domesticated tomatoes like these were less resistant to whiteflies than currant tomatoes, a wild species.

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

An image of Neptune taken by the Voyager spacecraft in August 1989, showing the storm, known as the Great Dark Spot, near the left side of the planet.

Vanishing in the Wild, These Salamanders Found Refuge in a Convent

Vanishing in the Wild, These Salamanders Found Refuge in a Convent

Sister Ofelia Morales Francisco, left, and Sister Rosa Cortez in the Convento Maria Inmaculada de La Salud in Mexico. The nuns make a cough syrup, in the bottle at right, from achoques, a type of salamander vanishing from nearby Lake Patzcuaro.

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

Scientists say a recording of disturbing sounds made by American diplomats in Cuba actually may be of a very loud cricket species.

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Sweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than when they’re closest.

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

New research suggests there is ice water up there, in craters at the poles where it’s dark and cold.

To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

A Spirobranchus worm, commonly called the Christmas tree worm, on a coral reef near Eilat, Israel.

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ Finds Life Thriving in Scarred Land

From left, Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Zagorna and Maria Shovkuta are among the women who chose to return to the Chernobyl exclusion zone after the 1986 nuclear accident.

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

Visitors From the Ocean’s Twilight Zone

A transparent hatchetfish, retrieved by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which is seeking to understand better the creatures that occupy the sea from 600 to 3,300 feet deep.


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