| May 27, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Gerald Edelman, a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in 1972 who later joined the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and wrote books and numerous articles about the brain, the nervous system and consciousness that amazed and sometimes annoyed his scientific...
| May 30, 2014
| 5:00 PM
It was just after a January storm in 1953, and the waves were epic.
With other adrenaline-addled young surfers, 16-year-old Ricky Grigg caravaned up the coast from Santa Monica to Rincon, just beyond Ventura. Racing with his board into the roar of...
| May 30, 2014
| 11:10 PM
Cavorting in the ocean with sociable seals is a stirring experience, and because of this, I don't know a traveler who doesn't have the Galápagos on his or her bucket list. Even though Charles Darwin's living laboratory is 600 miles from the nearest land...
| May 16, 2014
| 1:28 PM
Sea turtles have it. So do salmon and Giant Burmese pythons. Pigeons are really famous for it. Now scientists report that some garden snails have a homing instinct too – but gardeners can overcome it with a simple heave-ho.
In a two-year...
| May 21, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Today’s Google doodle celebrates the 215th birthday of Mary Anning, a 19th century fossil collector and paleontologist who, even as a poor working-class woman in a field dominated by wealthy upper-class men, helped shape the study of ancient extinct...
| May 23, 2014
| 6:49 PM
Charles W. "Chuck" Woodfield, whose career in Baltimore County public schools teaching science and serving as department chair spanned more than four decades, died May 9 of complications from pneumonia at his Jarrettsville home. He was 88.
"I was very,...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 6:09 PM
Never mind the selfish gene – the cellular family history of the oldest living species of flowering plants is marked by enough sex and gluttony to earn a place in Shakespeare’s folio.
The powerhouse organelles inside cells of Amborella...
| May 8, 2014
| 8:57 PM
Colin Pillinger, a colorful British space scientist who sported thick mutton-chop whiskers and became a symbol of national pluck in masterminding a failed search for life on Mars, died Thursday in a Cambridge hospital. He was 70.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Using some plain old rubber strips, scientists have created a whole new shape -- a hemihelix, a long spiral that switches twisting directions over its length. The shape, described in the journal PLOS One, is rarely seen in nature – and could...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Mr. G and Jellybean appeared on YouTube a little over a month ago and became viral-video stars. Footage of the reunion of the goat and the donkey -- viewed nearly 6 million times -- was a clear example, some said, of how animals experience emotions,...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 11:55 AM
"The Galapagos: A Natural History"
Basic Books, $27.99
The 13 islands that make up the Galapagos archipelago lie off the west coast of South America. Author Henry Nicholls, an ambassador for the Galapagos Conservation Trust and the editor of its...