View our Special Photo Essay: Happy 20th, Hubble
When NASA announced in 2004 that it was canceling a final mission to repair the then-ailing Hubble Space Telescope — effectively a death sentence — the agency received a letter from a 9-year-old girl who wanted to donate her lunch money to save Hubble. That letter, among countless others, exemplifies the public’s love affair...
Timing is everything. Just ask a comedian, trapeze artist, Romeo and Juliet — or nearly any cell in your body.
Ticking away inside almost all cells are tiny clocks composed of protein gears. Scientists have known that these molecular clocks govern the daily rhythms of life, from mealtimes and bedtimes to the rise and fall of hormone levels...
Recently, 895 Web experts and users were asked by the Pew Research Center and the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University in North Carolina to assess predictions about technology and its effects on society in the year 2020. Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project in Washington, D.C., discussed the survey’s findings with Science News contributing...
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Book Review: The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine by Francis S. Collins
As a key leader of the Human Genome Project, Collins brings a unique perspective to the discussion of the promise and perils of genome-based medicine. His latest book presents an accessible and comprehensive assessment of genetic testing and its relevance to health care. Collins targets the general public. To begin, he gives a rudimentary overview of Genetics 101, then lightly touches on more...
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Book Review: The Edge of Physics: A Journey to Earth’s Extremes to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Anil Ananthaswamy
Astronomers once had the most romantic job in science. Working alone atop a rickety telescope platform, the astronomer was like a sailor in a crow’s nest, unspooling the universe’s secrets by hand. But with advances in computers and the advent of space telescopes, it has become much easier to decode the cosmos from an air-conditioned office.In The Edge of Physics, Ananthaswamy shows that the...