• January 30, 2012    

    Scientists are trying to develop tissue-like electronics that conform better to human organs. Elastic electronics, they call it. John Rogers, professor of material science and engineering at the University of Illinois has developed a device that can wrap around a … Continue reading

  • January 30, 2012  

    Hans Rosling, co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, visualizes global health trends and population numbers — transforming dry poverty and development statistics into Internet sensations. In addition to his focus on the developing world and data visualization, the Swede happens to swallow swords. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • January 26, 2012    

    Last week, a team of astronomers met in Arizona to discuss ambitious plans to see the unseeable. Using data pulled from more than 75 ground-based telescopes and assembled by a supercomputer, their plan is to capture, for the first time, … Continue reading

  • January 25, 2012    

    The European Central Bank’s new headquarters, still under construction, right, are seen alongside other buildings within the city, across from the River Main in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Some might be expecting comment on the … Continue reading

  • January 24, 2012    

    On Sunday, a gigantic solar flare erupted from out of the sun and began charging toward Earth at millions of miles an hour. This was a coronal mass ejection, which describes balls of gas consisting of charged particles and magnetic … Continue reading

  • January 23, 2012    

    The Supreme Court’s decision Monday — saying police must have a warrant before attaching a GPS tracker to vehicles — shows the court “wants to move carefully” in weighing the privacy rights of individuals against law enforcement’s need for information … Continue reading

  • January 23, 2012  

    In other news Monday, at least two people were killed and 100 hurt when possible tornadoes struck Alabama. The huge system stretched from the Great Lakes to the Deep South, where the heaviest storms were hitting. Also, a U.S. Marine pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty in the killing of two dozen Iraqis in 2005. Continue reading

  • January 20, 2012    

    Last year, questions were raised over how much research on the dangerous H5N1 virus — or avian flu — should be published in scientific journals. H1N1 is not yet transmissible among humans, though scientists have created a strain that can … Continue reading

  • January 19, 2012    

    Capitol dome; file photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Congress got back to work this week, kind of. The House convened late Tuesday evening, conducted one day of legislative business on Wednesday and then left town again so the Republicans could … Continue reading

  • January 19, 2012    

    This slide containing the cross section of a monkey-puzzle conifer tree was most likely collected from South America. Photo by British Geological Survey/Natural Environment Research Council. Updated: January 20, 6:30 p.m. ET| In April 2011, Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleobotanist, was … Continue reading