| Jul 30, 2013
| 4:51 PM
Imagine a world in which a Norwalk Community College student can virtually audit a microeconomics lecture taught at Harvard. Sounds pretty contemporary, right? But the idea isn't new — it dates back to the 1960s.
Fifty years ago, commentators...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:54 AM
A response to Nara Schoenberg's essay "These books can talk: Do the books that we haven't read — and won't — say more about us than the ones we repeatedly devour?"
To the Editor:
I feel deeply about the need to promote the tough stuff, the...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Do women who are on the autism spectrum have brains that are more “masculine”?
A team of researchers at Cambridge University's Autism Research Center has found striking similarities between the structural anomalies found in the brains of...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 4:55 PM
La Cañada High School junior Lucas Drill completed a program at the University of Cambridge in England over the summer.
The Cambridge Scholars Program combined sports, academics and travel. Lucas returned to the program just before the start of the...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 8:36 PM
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss.
The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-...
| Sep 14, 2013
Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanism found inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects.
The discovery, published in...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 12:37 PM
It’s a favorite parlor game for science geeks: predicting who will win the Nobel Prizes.
For guidance, you can look to the winners of the Lasker Awards for medical research, or the Shaw Prizes for astronomy and life sciences. Recipients of the...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Honeybees that live off the same sweetener found in soft drinks could be more vulnerable to the microbial enemies and pesticides believed to be linked to catastrophic collapse of honeybee colonies worldwide, a new study suggests.
| May 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
It ain't exactly a match made in heaven, but it's a friendship forged in the steamy peat swamp forests of Borneo.
That's where the fanged pitcher plant, or Nepenthes bicalcarata, teams up with a plucky, fluid-diving ant that makes its home nowhere...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:33 PM
For the third year in a row, Caltech has been ranked as the top research university in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain. Three other California campuses — Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA — also scored in the top...
| Oct 21, 2013
Pyongyang, North Korea — I became British ambassador to North Korea a year ago, and since then I have seen firsthand the nature of the regime. Its human rights record is appalling; it continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs...