On the Scene

  1. Earth

    Icelandic volcanoes slumber today, but not forever

    Eruptions pepper the North Atlantic island.

  2. Humans

    Global flavor spices up science fair

    The 2012 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair opened in Pittsburgh on May 13, with more than 1,500 high school students attending the weeklong competition.

  3. Humans

    Science denial in the 21st century

    MADISON, Wis. — The arc of science has faced roadblocks for centuries, but the pattern of denying the weight of evidence has taken on new virulence recently. Highly motivated people openly cast doubt on well-established evidence — the theory of evolution, the human effects on climate change, the value of vaccines and other findings that […]

  4. Humans

    Proposed cuts in planetary science take center stage

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas — “I think I’m not supposed to say ‘got whacked.’ Am I allowed to say ‘got whacked?’” asked John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator for science, while considering how to describe the cuts dealt to planetary sciences in President Obama’s proposed 2013 NASA budget. It’s no secret that planetary sciences got hit badly, […]

  5. Archaeology

    Archaeoacoustics: Tantalizing, but fantastical

    While compelling, findings lack scientific rigor.

  6. Life

    Vying for the title of World’s Fastest Cell

    Scientists film 58 kinds of mobile cells to study movement — and to have a little fun.

  7. Space

    The Drake Equation: All in the family

    On November 1, the formula for estimating the abundance of extraterrestrial life in our galaxy celebrates its 50th birthday. It’s known as the Drake equation for its creator, Frank Drake, who is also my father.

  8. Life

    Tracking diseases from anthrax to cholera

    Whole-genome sequencing points to microbial killers.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Bright minds tackle global health

     LINDAU, Germany — Top-notch scientists are overtaking Lindau, a small Bavarian village on Lake Constance. Situated near borders with Switzerland and Austria, Lindau used to be part of an important European trade route. These days, the village is brokering a new kind of trade — an exchange of scientific ideas — by hosting the 61st […]

  10. Humans

    Nobelists advise budding scientists

    Laureates share unconventional wisdom with young investigators at Intel ISEF 2011.

  11. BLOG: City of Angels welcomes the world’s biggest global science fair

    Hundreds of young scientists arrive for the start of the 2011 Intel ISEF competition in Los Angeles.

  12. Space

    Science on the penultimate space shuttle

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA saved one of its best for nearly its last. Friday’s scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour — its last flight, and the second-to-last planned for any shuttle — will be carrying an ambitious and potentially pioneering particle physics experiment. The $2-billion, 7.5-ton Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS, is […]