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February 21, 2017

Human Germline Modification: A Frontier for Biotechnology, or A Target for Prohibitions?

The prospect of human germline modification got a boost in mid-February, with a National Academies for Science and Medicine recommendation that genome editing to preventing genetic diseases in future generations should be permissible. The recommendation came...

February 9, 2017

From Our Archives: Celebrating African Americans in STEM – Katherine Johnson

To celebrate National African American History Month, we applaud Katherine G. Johnson, a living legend in the fields of math, physics, and space science. A lifelong love affair with numbers brought Johnson from a small town...

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December 28, 2016

2016 Year in Science

As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a selection of six significant science stories (by no means a complete list) for the year: Gravitational Waves Detected Arguably the biggest science story of the year is the announcement...

December 9, 2016

John Glenn 1921-2016: NASA astronaut, US Senator, medical guinea pig, all around cool person

2016 saw public criticism that candidates pushing their early 70s would be too old to serve as US President, but 18 years ago a man took on the grueling physical stress of space flight at the age...

November 18, 2016

From Our Archives: Nov. 18, 1929 – The Day the Cables Broke

Written in 2013 by Julia Rosen, this post explores what happened on November 18, 1929 when the underwater telegraph cables snapped. Today, a veritable superhighway of data rushes below the surface of the frigid North Atlantic....

Grizzly bear

October 27, 2016

Video of the Week: Not So Drowsy Grizzly

John J. Craighead, who, along with his twin brother Frank, was an early environmental advocate, passed away in September 2016. The Craighead brothers worked tirelessly to highlight the conditions of the nation’s natural areas. In fact, their...

October 18, 2016

9th Imagine Science Film Festival

In a world where movies about scientific theory are as popular as those about aliens and sharks, the Imagine Science Films is bridging the divide between art and science via film. Well, maybe these films aren’t as...

October 6, 2016

Video of the Week: Feynman Lecture

Richard Feynman, the great physicist and popularizer of science, delivered a series of lectures at Cornell University in November, 1964. Called “Messenger Lectures,” these talks were given by high-profile scholars on the broad topic of the...

August 10, 2016

New techniques to resolve old speculations: Who’s really responsible for Piltdown Man?

When the topic of ethics comes up in science classes, many educators rely on a gold-standard example of one instance when “science” went very wrong: That of Charles Dawson and Piltdown Man. (We refer to it...

July 25, 2016

Astronomers discover a planet surviving in a strange system with three suns

At just four times’ the mass of Jupiter and a mere 580°C—hot enough to melt lead—a recently-discovered exoplanet is one of the smallest and coldest planets found outside our solar system. But what makes it really...