| Apr 14, 2014
| 12:19 PM
Fruit flies seem to have a preternatural ability to evade annoyed swatters. Now, laser-wielding scientists have discovered the secret of these winged escape artists: They execute speedy hairpin turns by banking in the same way that fighter jets do....
| Mar 10, 2014
| 1:56 PM
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David J. Skorton, a cardiologist who’s spent the past decade as president of Cornell University and the University of Iowa, will be the next head of the Smithsonian Institution starting...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Fruit flies could make some talented fighter pilots. Scientists who had the insects wing it through two laser beams watched the bugs make hairpin turns at blazing fast speeds, by banking in the same way that fighter jet planes do. The findings,...
| Feb 28, 2014
One of the first elephant paintings Liora Davis ever completed, "Mother and Son," depicts a baby African forest elephant nuzzling his mother's trunk amid the tall savannah grass of the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in the Central African Republic. Although...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Historian Michael G. Kammen began his career steeped in colonial America. But the era quickly proved too intellectually confining for a man who over the course of a prolific career examined such diverse topics as controversies over public art and the...
| Jan 11, 2014
It was an unexpected decision by Florida A&M University standards. But in naming Elmira Mangum FAMU's next president, the trustees not only made history, but took a giant step forward in putting the historically black university back on the road to...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Times are tough for restaurants. The average check size has increased just 1.7 percent per year over the past five years, according to NPD Group, a market research firm. That's because diners are watching what they spend at restaurants by forgoing...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:33 PM
Should tipping be abolished? Many are calling for just that, arguing that there’s no correlation between better service and better tips and that tips are often abused.
But another question is: Can tipping be abolished? Experts -- and history --...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
If you take in less energy than your body requires, you lose weight; when you take in more than you need, you gain weight. When your energy is in perfect balance, you maintain your weight. It seems so easy, but two out of three adults are overweight or...
| Dec 29, 2013
To many readers, environmental stories are dead on arrival. They lack human characters, the thinking goes, and they're predictable: a creature or ecosystem is gravely damaged by humanity's greed. So maybe it's best not to bill "Full Fathom Five: Ocean...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Cornell University is preparing to forfeit to Iraq a vast collection of ancient cuneiform tablets in what is expected to be one of the largest returns of antiquities by an American university.
The 10,000 inscribed clay blocks date from the 4th millenium...