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  • Screentime

    Help ornithologists develop bird photo ID tool

    If you have a terrific picture of a Tennessee warbler, you can help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology improve its Merlin Bird Photo ID program. Upload your picture and put dots on the beak, eye and tail tip. Then, using patterns in the data, Merlin attempts to identify the bird. The aim is to help Cornell create a mobile device tool for...

    07/28/2015 - 07:00 Animals, Technology
  • News in Brief

    Antibody that fights MERS found

    By mining the immune cells of a patient that beat the MERS virus, scientists have identified a protein that could help prevent and treat the deadly disease.

    When tested in mice, the protein targeted the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome. The protein could be used to develop vaccines or treatments to protect people from the MERS virus,...

    07/27/2015 - 15:00 Immune Science, Microbes
  • News

    Microbes’ role in truffle scents not trifling

    Truffles, the homely fungal celebrities of the culinary world, have unseen help concocting their prized — and pricey — aromas.

    Microbes that inhabit the subterranean mushrooms probably produce key chemicals that make truffles smell like truffles, according to a new analysis appearing online July 17 in Applied and...

    07/27/2015 - 13:30 Fungi, Microbes
  • News

    Laser light made inside cells

    Biologists often use lasers to probe cells. Now, for the first time, cells have returned fire.

    Harvard University researchers have created intracellular lasers by implanting microscopic beads and oil droplets into animal cells. When energized by an outside laser pulse, an implant traps and amplifies light and then emits a laser pulse of its own. “It’s a wonderful way of coupling optics...

    07/27/2015 - 11:00 Biophysics, Cells, Microbiology
  • News

    Revamping the metric measure of mass

    The metric system is on track for a mass makeover.  

    In an effort to provide accurate measurements at all scales, scientists are preparing to redefine four basic units by the end of 2018. The shift will most notably affect the kilogram, the base measure of mass and the last member of the International System of Units still defined by a physical object. Current efforts are under way to...

    07/27/2015 - 06:00 Physics
  • Reviews & Previews

    Fossils illustrate evolution of life

    The Story of Life in 25 Fossils
    Donald R. Prothero...

    07/26/2015 - 09:00 Paleontology, Animals
  • News

    Pluto’s icy landscape comes into view

    LAUREL, Md. — Alan Stern, head of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, had just three words for the team of scientists and engineers assembled with him on July 14: “We did it.”

    At 8:52:37 p.m. Eastern time, a radio antenna near Madrid received the first signal from the spacecraft since it buzzed the dwarf planet. After decades of planning and a 9....

    07/26/2015 - 06:00 Planetary Science
  • Reviews & Previews

    Autism’s journey from shadows to light


    07/25/2015 - 07:00 Science & Society, Mental Health, History of Science
  • News

    Ice flows, haze offer more clues to Pluto’s geology

    Exotic ices flow across Pluto’s surface, and its reddish color appears to come from a thin haze, the latest report from the New Horizons spacecraft reveals. The new finds have set scientists scrambling to construct the story of how Pluto’s climate and weather work.

    A stunning image of the dwarf planet in silhouette, released July 24, reveals a layer of haze extending at least 130...

    07/24/2015 - 18:02 Planetary Science
  • Science Ticker

    Stink bug moms are color conscious when it comes to their eggs

    Stink bug moms appear to carefully choose the color of their eggs.

    A female Podisus maculiventris stink bug can lay eggs in a range of colors from pale yellow to black. P. maculiventris moms control the color of the eggs they lay, seemingly pairing darker eggs with darker surfaces, researchers...

    07/24/2015 - 17:36 Animals, Physiology