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Garrett Augustus Morgan, inventor and entrepreneur, March 4, 1877 - July 27, 1963

March 10, 2014

“What-if” Thinking and the Spirit of Invention: Garrett Morgan

From the first spark of an idea to concrete invention, the path of every great innovator is paved with “what-ifs.” A prime example of “what-if” thinking is seen in the life and achievements of Garrett A. Morgan,...

A downhill skier races in the 2010 Olympic games. (Credit: Jon Wick)

February 26, 2014

Putting Error Bars on Olympic Gold

This past weekend, the 22nd Olympic winter games drew to a close in Sochi, Russia, capping off 16 days of sweat, glory, and tears. Nearly 3,000 athletes from 88 countries competed in almost 100 different events,...

Space Shuttle photograph of Greenland, March 1992, showing winter snow and ice cover and a highly reflective surface. Image courtesy of NASA.

February 21, 2014

Reflections on the Arctic Climate

The world takes on a brilliant, luminous quality on a sunny snow-covered day. Light seems to emanate from every direction and it’s almost painful to be outside without sunglasses. That’s because snow reflects most of the...

Ivory-billed woodpecker

February 15, 2014

Science Searches for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Ten years ago this week, the flap of feathered wings in a swampy woodland ignited scientific controversy and public fervor. On February 11, 2004, in an area known as the Big Woods of Arkansas, outdoorsman Gene...

AFP Photo / Tom Hindman

February 6, 2014

West Virginia Chemical Spill; What Is MCHM?

Earlier in January, West Virginia experienced a large chemical spill in its capital city, Charleston. A large supply tank holding nearly 10,000 gallons of a chemical called 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) leaked into the Elk River, forcing a...


January 31, 2014

28 years ago this week: Christa McAuliffe and space disaster remembered

This week marks the 28th anniversary of the biggest tragedy in the history of the US space program, the explosion of space shuttle Challenger, taking the lives of its seven crewmembers. On January 28, 1986, a...

January 17, 2014

Video of the Week: Flying Robot Jellyfish?

It’s a not a bird and it most certainly isn’t a plane. The flapping object in our video of the week is a tiny robot that most closely resembles a jellyfish but that isn’t actually modeled...


January 6, 2014

Global Warming vs. Climate Change: What’s the difference?

The snow. The ice. The Arctic temperatures. For many people in the United States, this past week has been focused on digging out, deicing, and making sure the heating is working. That’s because large storms have...

Marblebust of Cleopatra VII of Egypt form 30-40 BC

January 2, 2014

New Strain of C. botulinum Produces the World’s Deadliest Poison

Poisons have long fascinated us both for their power and intrigue. For example, the story of the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra is told in a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History called “The Power...