| Nov 28, 2014
| 4:34 PM
To describe their high-tech ambitions for the big, white $3 million robot still being installed at NASA Langley Research Center, project engineers turn to balloons, cotton string and Elmer's glue.
Specifically, to a popular science project for...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 3:31 PM
James Watson is one of the most important scientists of the 20th century. He is also a peevish bigot. History will remember him for his co-discovery of the structure of DNA, in 1953. This week, Watson is ensuring that history, or at least the introduction...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 8:14 AM
A hydrogen-detecting pigment attached to tape, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Central Florida and NASA'S John F. Kennedy Space Center, has been selected as one of the year's top new technologies.
The invention, called...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Denisa Mateev said her job as a hospital laboratory associate can be rewarding -- and intense.
"There's no room for error, as we deal with something most precious: human life," she said. "So when you come into work, you don't just give 100 percent, but...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 11:40 AM
After UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran walked out of court in June, his lawyers issued a news release hailing the "first-of-its-kind" deal that all but freed him from criminal liability in a 2008 lab fire that killed a staff researcher.
| Oct 8, 2014
| 9:19 PM
Science advances tool by tool, and on Wednesday it paused to recognize three practitioners who handed it the means to see the smallest secrets of a living cell.
The Nobel Prize in chemistry went to two Americans and a German who pushed beyond the...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 4:09 AM
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - A German and two American scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for smashing the size barrier in optical microscopes, allowing researchers to see individual molecules inside living cells.
| Oct 3, 2014
| 10:38 AM
Scientists have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen (O2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) -- no green plants involved.
Their findings could alter our understanding of the Earth's early atmosphere and how oxygen might form on other planets with carbon...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 5:07 PM
Some of the water molecules in your drinking glass were created more than 4.5 billion years ago, according to new research.
That makes them older than the Earth, older than the solar system — even older than the sun itself.
In a study...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 11:00 AM
All across the country, Americans will wrap up their Fourth of July celebrations by watching the sky light up with fireworks. If you’re going to be one of them, you have chemistry to thank.
Fireworks displays have become increasingly sophisticated...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 8:31 PM
A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam.
The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream but laced with plutonium,...