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The pioneering treatment uses cells from the nasal cavity and strips of nerve from the ankle to repair a spinal injury.
Researchers say a leg bone discovered in a Siberian river bank belongs to a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.
Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators shows how the digital revolution was a team effort.
Hand sanitizer and similar products could increase the amount of BPA absorbed by the skin.
The Science Club meets to discuss your observations of the world around you, from spider habitats to lunar eclipses.
A manta ray can filter 240 gallons of seawater per minute.
Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting off pathogens and increasing crop yields.
John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W.K., are known today for their most famous discovery—corn flakes—but invented many other health foods along the way.
A recently developed technique called "environmental DNA" allows invasive species trackers to get a time-sensitive fingerprint of which species are living where—including underwater.
As plug-in electric vehicles struggle to carve out a slice of today's auto market, it's worth remembering the first such battle—at the turn of the 1900s.
To help piece together a crime scene, forensic entomologists examine the insects found in the area.
Techniques from physics and chemistry can help scientists and art historians sniff out art forgeries.
Researchers are trying to better understand ocean water temperatures, which is an important factor in rising sea levels.
In his book Being Mortal, surgeon Atul Gawande argues that more medicine may not be better medicine in end-of-life care.
Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.
With production of experimental treatments slow-going, rapid diagnostic testing could be the best bet for containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood.
The surfaces in a home reflect the distinct blend of bacteria that inhabit the people that live there.
Four decades of scientific studies suggest the food additive MSG may not deserve its toxic reputation.
Researchers say a real-world case of “monkey see, monkey do” might model the origins of human culture.
Protests continue in Hong Kong, but only glimpses of the activity make it into mainland China due to censorship.
Choreographer Gilles Jobin took inspiration from the movements of physics for his piece Quantum.
Older adults’ sense of smell might be a strong indicator of their risk of mortality within a five-year span.
In DIY biology labs across the country, citizen scientists take the tools of synthetic biology into their own hands.
This month, North America will be under the skies of a full lunar eclipse on October 8 and a partial solar eclipse on October 23.
MAVEN makes into Mars’ orbit in time to meet a comet and begin unraveling mysteries of the Martian atmosphere.
A writer-doctor’s stories reveal the hospital through the eyes of a resident.
Foresters are piecing together the complicated ecosystem of the urban forest.
Certain tree species can add to pollution if they’re planted in certain locations.
The cloud of gas and dust that eventually condensed to form the Sun contained "thousands of oceans of water," says astronomer Ted Bergin.
With his new story about a 20-kilometer-high skyscraper, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson hopes to get engineers thinking big.
The Science Club embarks on its next project and explores observation.
Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, the People’s Climate March in New York City will bring a public voice to the climate change discussion.
A computer program named “Dr.Fill” competes against human solvers for crossword puzzle glory.
Human social interaction may have been the reason faces evolved to be varied and unique.
With their ornately colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract mates and researchers alike.
Researchers say artificial sweeteners may alter the microbiome and the body’s ability to control glucose levels.
In The Cost of Cutting, private practice surgeon Paul Ruggieri delves into the shadowy ways money influences health care.
Eugenia Bone, president of the New York Mycological Society, talks about the dos and don'ts of wild mushroom foraging.
At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.
The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.
Researchers say road salt and dissolving concrete have contributed to increased salinization in urban streams.
A look at the effects of conservation efforts and climate change on bird populations in North America.
Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.
As of 2010, generic drugs comprise almost 80 percent of the American pharmaceutical market, compared to 10 percent in 1960.
Scientists estimate the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani would have weighed as much as a Boeing 737.
Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison took very brief naps when they were stuck on artistic and scientific problems.
Fifty years ago this week, legislation set aside over nine million acres of official wilderness.
A former millionaire's estate is becoming an environmental haven and training ground.
Researchers found that potentially 95 percent of cab rides in New York City could have been shared.
In his new book What If?, xkcd comic artist Randall Munroe answers his reader’s hypothetical questions with math and science.
ZMapp, the cocktail of antibodies used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus, spared 18 severely ill monkeys from death.
High energy x-rays provide a rare glimpse into the behavior of black holes.
USC's Moh El-Naggar says engineers hope to harness bacterial energy using fuel cells.
Uncharismatic microfauna, such as insects and mollusks, are giving scientists at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles a glimpse of the city's cool, humid past.
Animator Tom Sito explains how scientists and engineers kickstarted Hollywood’s digital animation revolution.
Hollywood T.V. and film writers explain how they balance scientific accuracy and storytelling.
Now that Hollywood’s visual effects wizards can create convincing “digital actors,” will we still need the real thing?
Researchers discuss how the microbiome might play a role in anxiety, depression, and autism.
Microbes have made a home in a lake trapped beneath an 800-meter-thick ice sheet in Antarctica.
The SciFri Book Club concludes its discussion of Frank Herbert’s ecological epic, Dune.
Global temperatures hit a plateau at the turn of the 21st century. Now researchers say they've discovered where that missing heat was hiding: in the oceans.
A filmmaker uses science to transform the New York City subway into a movie theater.
New, more accurate radiocarbon dating suggests the two cultures co-existed in Europe for nearly 5,000 years.
Scientists piece together how a 14-legged Cambrian worm is related to modern animals.
Using paleoforensics, researchers recount the grim details of life and death at the the La Brea Tar Pits.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is the first probe to orbit a comet.
In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change may be directly underfoot—in healthy soil.
A new study in Science says that certain parasitic plants spy on their hosts through RNA exchanges.
A growing number of apps allow users to post ephemeral or anonymous messages—and they're catching on quickly with millennials.
Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle bears witness to troubling changes in our oceans in the documentary Mission Blue.
Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.
In a “mating pandemonium” event, a group of elephants roar after a pair of elephants mate.
Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek’s memoir Working Stiff goes behind the scenes at the New York City morgue.
Scientists transform common viruses like measles and herpes into potential cancer treatments.
A look at the experimental therapy used to treat two Americans who were infected with Ebola.
A neurobiologist reveals sci-fi thriller Lucy’s neuroscience bloopers.
If the bright “supermoon” drowns out the Perseid meteor shower this year, why not listen for meteors instead?
Scientists have created a 3D acoustical scan of the piano's resonance—and say it could help refine the art of piano-making.
Sound waves trigger tiny vibrations in objects. By studying the vibrations, researchers can recreate the sounds that caused them.
Ebola specialist Daniel Bausch provides an on-the-ground view of treating the disease in West Africa.
Exercise scientists Tamara Hew-Butler and Greg Whyte talk about how the body changes after dozens of hours in motion.
From depressed dogs to anxious gorillas, author Laurel Braitman explores mental illness in animals.
A new documentary, Alive Inside, exposes the connections between music and memory.
The habenula is a pea-sized part of the brain that tracks our expectations of negative events.
Google's latest big idea is called "Baseline Study"—an effort to catalog the DNA of thousands of healthy people, along with their blood, urine, saliva, breath, and tears.
This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.
Researchers discovered a virus that lives in the gut of half of the world’s population.
Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.
Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.
A new online tracker is snooping on visitors to over 5,600 popular sites—and it's nearly impossible to block.
A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Elena Tartaglia, a co-founder of National Moth Week, gives tips on spotting butterflies' neglected cousins.
Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.
A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.
Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.
A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.
A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.
Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.
Researchers say artificial sweeteners may alter the microbiome and the body’s ab...
Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting of...
We'll learn about new studies that take a census of just what lives inside your ...
The microbes in your gut may help determine if you are thin or obese.
Sinuses, too, are healthier when populated by a diverse colony of bugs.
Researchers discuss how the microbiome might play a role in anxiety, depression, and autism.