Science

  • January 12, 2012    

    Scientists have found the biggest distant galaxy cluster ever seen, using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Atacama Cosmology Telescope in Chile. Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Hughes et al, Optical: ESO/VLT/Pontificia Universidad. Catolica de Chile/L.Infante & SOAR (MSU/NOAO/UNC/CNPq-Brazil)/Rutgers/F.Menanteau, IR: NASA/JPL/Rutgers/F.Menanteau. In the … Continue reading

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    Skywatchers gathered in Austin, Texas, this week at the 219th American Astronomical Society meeting. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting interstellar space findings, and the images that accompany them. Continue reading

  • January 12, 2012  

    ICANN, the company that assigns what are called domain names for the Web is making a big change and rolling out a program to dramatically increase the number and kind of names available. However, that could prove to be a costly endeavor for some businesses. Ray Suarez leads a debate over the effects of the new rules. Continue reading

  • January 11, 2012    

    Vadim Backman, a biomedical engineer at Northwestern University is working to develop cancer detection procedures that are less invasive and more accurate. When cancer starts developing, cells in other parts of the body undergo changes. By using a technique that … Continue reading

  • January 10, 2012    

    Photo of Steve Jobs in 2010 by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Tuesday’s query: Name: John Livingston Question: Income inequality: … Continue reading

  • January 10, 2012  

    Roughly 7,600 people were sterilized in North Carolina against their will between 1929 and 1974. A state panel voted Tuesday to pay the victims $50,000 each. Ray Suarez discusses the history of the program and the panel’s decision with Charmaine Fuller-Cooper of the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation. Continue reading

  • January 9, 2012    

    An expert on Lou Gehrig’s disease explains what we know about this debilitating condition and how Hawking has beaten the odds Physicist Stephen Hawking onstage at the 2010 World Science Festival Opening Night Gala in June 2010 in New York … Continue reading

  • January 9, 2012  

    The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday involving a redistricting dispute in Texas. Jeffrey Brown discusses the case’s broad implications for the future political landscape of the state — and potentially the entire nation — with The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle. Continue reading

  • January 5, 2012    

    Workers, soldiers and supersoldiers mingle in this ant colony. Photo by Alex Wild at alexanderwild.com. Updated: 6:30 p.m. ET | In 2006, while collecting ants on an abandoned property in central Long Island, biologist Ehab Abouheif of McGill University noticed … Continue reading

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    Researchers have found they can activate the development of supersized “supersoldier” ants. The study is published in the journal Science on Thursday. Here are some photos of pheidole ants, captured by biologist and photographer Alexander Wild, who studies the evolutionary history of insects. Continue reading