June 5, 2016

Rethinking the value of the P

In scientific disciplines, researchers tend to view the world through what’s referred to as “an objectivist” lens, seeing “social phenomena and their meanings [as having] an existence that is independent of social actors” (Bryman, 2004). As...

May 16, 2016

New Insights into Earth’s Ancient Atmosphere

Although it’s hard to imagine, Earth didn’t always have the oxygen-rich atmosphere we breathe today. In fact, until about two and a half billion years ago, the air contained almost no oxygen gas at all. You...

May 9, 2016

How moths trick bats with their own sonar

If you’re a big, delicious insect like the luna moth, how can you escape a predator like the big brown bat? You can’t outfly bats. Your beautiful, light-green wings span up to 4.5 inches, but they...

May 2, 2016

Europa and Enceladus: Searching for Life on Icy Moons

We hear a lot about the prospect of microorganisms existing on Mars and probes of increasing complexity that will be going there in the years to come, but the life search will also examine the outer...

April 25, 2016

The secret of life revealed: Today in science history

On April 25, 1953, the “secret of life” was revealed in a short article in Nature that began, “We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (D.N.A.). This structure has novel...

April 3, 2016

Tyrannosaur tracks show scientists how fast an ancient predator could move

Just north of the town of Glenrock, Wyoming, a stretch of ancient yellow sandstone is studded with a killer’s footprints. About 66 million years ago, a Tyrannosaurus rex strode through the wet sand of what was...

March 28, 2016

The moon’s wandering pole

If you’re an avid watcher of the night sky — or a Pink Floyd fan — you probably know that we Earthlings always see the same side of the moon. We always see the bright side,...

March 14, 2016

Celebrating All Things Pi on 3/14

There’s no better time to celebrate the magic of mathematics than Pi Day, which of course is on 3/14. Called by some the geekiest day of the year, Pi Day (also Albert Einstein’s birthday) is a great...

February 27, 2016

Research in the Classroom: Taking Action

The idea of conducting research can instill fear in many who are unfamiliar with its many varieties. Particularly in science-related areas, it’s easy to conjure images of white-coated, protective-goggle-wearing individuals hunkered over Erlenmeyer flasks waiting for...

February 20, 2016

The ancient Babylonians calculated Jupiter’s position long before NASA

To the ancient Babylonians, the planet Jupiter was more than a bright light in the Mesopotamian night sky: It was the celestial manifestation of their god, Marduk. Jupiter’s location told of Marduk’s plans for them, such...