The Great Wall of China is disappearing
In a 2008 article headlined "The Great Wall of China Is Under Siege," Smithsonian reported that "no one knows just how much of the...
SpaceX rocket explosion shouldn't affect commercial crew plans, NASA says
The failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket during a cargo launch Sunday shouldn't have a big impact on the company's ability to fly astronauts to...
Leap Second Will Extend the Day, and Might Roil the Internet
To balance a gradual slowing in the Earth’s rotation, Tuesday will be one second longer. But there’s a debate over whether the fix is worthwhile....
Armored spiky worm had 30 legs, will haunt your nightmares
A spiky, wormlike creature with 30 legs — 18 clawed rear legs and 12 featherlike front legs that likely helped it filter food from the water — once...
Lancashire Council in Britain Deals Blow to Shale Industry
A request by the shale gas explorer Cuadrilla Resources to drill four wells and test them with hydraulic fracturing was rejected....
Now Comes the SpaceX Rocket Whodunit: A Complex Mystery
A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI."
A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West
Some experts worry that medical researchers are stepping over established ethical boundaries in Beijing’s effort to lift its scientific standing....
Books: Review: ‘The Bad Doctor’ and ‘Graphic Medicine Manifesto’
Two intriguing new works make a case, in entirely different ways, for how graphic depictions of care are creating a new scholarly discipline....
Global Health: Fish Poisoning More Common Than Believed
Illnesses from a toxin carried by barracuda and other sport fish have been underestimated in Florida, a new study suggests....
Findings: For Couples, Time Can Upend the Laws of Attraction
The science of romance is finding that your assessment of a potential mate shifts the longer you know the person, a process one expert calls “slow...
An Ocean Mystery in the Trillions
Much is still not known about the bristlemouth, the planet’s most plentiful vertebrate. What’s more, the ocean, making up 99 percent of the...
Dark Region of Ocean May Shed Light on Climate Change and Other Issues
The area from just below the surface to 3,300 feet also may become more of a food source and a way to monitor ocean health....