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Flooding and storms in UK are clear signs of climate change,...

Flooding and storms in UK are clear signs of climate change,...
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Dredging rivers won’t stop floods. It will make them...

Dredging rivers won’t stop floods. It will make them...
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ScienceShot: Please Don’t Eat the Artwork

Please Don't Eat the Artwork

(left) Creative Commons; (right) Ralph Wiegandt

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Daguerreotypes may seem frozen in time, but their surfaces are living landscapes. Popular in the middle of the 19th century, daguerreotypes were a precursor to photography created by layering silver on a copper plate and exposing it to light and various chemicals, often including

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ScienceShot: Why You Should Talk to Your Baby

ScienceShot: Why You Should Talk to Your Baby

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Chances are, your baby won’t respond to questions like, “How was your day, honey?” Or, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But just because infants can’t form sentences until toddlerhood doesn’t mean that they don’t benefit from early conversations with their parents. It’s long been observed that the better children perform

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ScienceShot: Jelly Doughnut on Mars Mystery Solved!

Jelly Doughnut on Mars Mystery Solved

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

No one had ever seen anything like it in the quarter-century of exploration on the surface of Mars. It appeared in front of the Opportunity rover as if it had fallen from the sky, and its resemblance to a jelly-filled doughnut stoked the media’s interest all the more. But the show’s over, folks. NAS

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Video: Floor Sensors Could Save Elderly From Falls

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Falls are the leading cause of injury for older adults, causing more than 20,000 deaths a year in the United States alone. Now, a team of researchers is using the same technology found in smartphone touch screens to detect these dangerous tumbles as soon as they happen. To accomplish this, the researchers embedded long sheets of

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ScienceShot: Making Virtual Humans Dance

ScienceShot: Making Virtual Humans Dance

MIRALab - University of Geneva

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—The motion capture technology that sent Na'vi prancing through Pandora with lifelike accuracy in the film Avatar has another use in the lab: creating fine-scale, highly personalized models of how a body moves. Computer scientist Nadia Magnenat Thalmann of the University of Geneva in Switzerland and

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Jaw-inspiring: Ancient fish was pivotal in evolution of face, researchers find

Jaw-inspiring: Ancient fish was pivotal in evolution of face, researchers find

WASHINGTONThu Feb 13, 2014 9:04am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Let's face it. It's easy to take for granted that mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish - vertebrates just like people - have a face. But it has not always been the case.

The first creatures with a backbone - jawless fish from hundreds of millions of years ago - did

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