• August 19, 2011    

    James A. Shannon Building at the National Institutes of Health. Photo by National Institutes of Health Library. A new study by the National Institutes of Health found a disturbing gap between the number of grants awarded to white scientists and … Continue reading

  • August 19, 2011    

    What if wastewater could be turned into energy? Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on scientists from Penn State University that are developing microbial fuel cells that could channel energy produced when bacteria breaks down waste into electricity. “The goal is … Continue reading

  • August 17, 2011    

    The bacterium Serratia marcescens infected this coral from Looe Key in the Florida Keys, revealing the dead, white limestone skeleton underneath. Photo by James W. Porter. A Florida biologist has linked a vicious coral-killing pathogen in the Caribbean and Florida … Continue reading

  • August 16, 2011    

    Photo by New World Laser Tag via Flickr Are there hidden messages in your emails? Yes, and in everything you write or say, according to James Pennebaker, chair of the department of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. … Continue reading

  • August 15, 2011    

    Darkest Planet Found: Coal-Black, It Reflects Almost No Light A Jupiter-size gas giant planet so black that it is less reflective than “the blackest acrylic paint” has been discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. This National Geographic News story includes … Continue reading

  • August 15, 2011    

    For the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation,* science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on a computing concept called Geo-immersion, which relies on virtual computer simulation to reflect the world around us in real-time. Cyrus Shahabi, director of the University of Southern … Continue reading

  • August 11, 2011    

    Photo by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Editor’s note added on Aug. 12 at the end of this post Scientists have pieced together the first-ever fossil of a pregnant plesiosaur, a giant Mesozoic sea reptile from the Cretaceous … Continue reading

  • August 11, 2011    

    Record heat and dry conditions continue to plague large parts of the United States this summer. While the south central region of the United States has been hit especially hard, more than 30 percent of the country is now experiencing … Continue reading

  • August 10, 2011  

    With the popularity of local food on the rise, Washington state farmer Cheryl Ouellette raises pigs to meet the demand. However, small farmers often can’t process their own meat. A mobile slaughterhouse program brings a USDA-licensed facility to farms to benefit farmers, animals and “locavores.” Sabrina Register of KCTS reports. Continue reading

  • August 9, 2011    

    Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images That “viral” metaphor for social media just got a little more bona fide. According to a recent slate of independent studies, Twitter can accurately track the spread of a virus or disease — and do … Continue reading