We're beginning to understand how digital devices affect literacy – but don't assume that paper is always better than screens
A startup that might have a record-breaking solar cell is in danger of going out of business.The power unit is a rectangular slab about the size of a movie theater screen. It’s mounted on a thick steel post, and equipped with a tracking mechanism that continuously points it at the sun. The slab is made of over 100,000 small lenses and an equal number of even smaller solar cells, each the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. This contraption is part of one of the most efficient solar power devices ever made.
Nestle Japan will put 1,000 humanoid robots to work as sales clerks
There are several captive breeding programs for pandas around the world; but one facility in China hopes to release the endangered animals back into the wild
Researchers argue for a nationwide shift to more premium fuel at the pump
Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by the light of the sun coming through small windows, and now 450 years after his death, his masterpieces are being seen in a whole new light provided by 7,000 LEDs. The chapel is also getting a new ventilation system. Allen Pizzey reports.
NK-33 engines, originally destined for a Soviet-era moon shot that never got off the ground and later used in the Antares, are suspect, some scientists say.
Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.
Melissa Block speaks with high school freshman Natalie Moyer about her experiment that was lost on the Antares rocket when it exploded on Tuesday.
Bird watchers' elusive warbler has shifted its summer habitat to pine plantations
Slovenian archaeologist Ivan prajc is behind discovery of three significant ruins in the remote jungles of the Yucatán peninsula
The story of the vaccines development is just one part of a rich and intertwined history of scientific discovery and controversy
Reports that a passenger photographed a rainbow from her plane are mistaken. The colours are caused by polarisation
Every year, Nikon selects the most artful, scientifically enlightening and skillfully produced images from thousands of submissions for its Small World microscope photography contest. Tomorrow, another set of impressive winners will be announced for the contest’s 40th year.
Seaview divers routinely cover 2 kilometers in a dive and generate 3,000 panoramic images in a day. Only a fraction of the best are uploaded to Google Street View.
Known for shooting spectacular plumes of water into space, Saturn's tiny moon keeps warm thanks to a core that is slushy and soft rather than rock solid
Meeting sharks can be a moving experience, says photographer Jean-Marie Ghislain, who works to educate people on the plight of sharks around the world
One-child policies and plagues that cut the population won't be enough to fix our ecological problems, models suggest. Only changes in consumption will do that
A new feature of most browsers will let them issue alerts through a PC or mobile operating system. What some call the smartphone era might better be termed the notification era.
The FTC says up to 3.5 million of AT&T's high use customers had their data stream "throttled" 60-90 percent -- leaving some smartphones "practically inoperable." Wyatt Andrews reports.
Nine hours after rocket explodes during liftoff from Virginia, Progress supply ship is sent into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Jupiter is keeping an eye on the other planets in the solar system
They were down to only 15 about 50 years ago
The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft, which was carrying hazardous materials.
A highly sensitive blood test for Ebola exists, so why isn't it being used to test all returning health workers from West Africa? Because the virus isn't in the blood in the first stages of infection.
From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for them
Buildup of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost crops
Jiri Bruthans created this pillar with simulated salt weathering; in nature (like at Bryce Canyon, below), factors like frost and rain also shape the landscape. Courtesy of Jiri Bruthans Getty Aa the story goes, the iconic spires in Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park once were human-animal “legend people,” until an angry coyote god turned them […]
Australia's Academy of Science says a government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.
Drinking beverages enriched with compounds found in cocoa beans improved older adults' performances on a memory test – but there's a catch