| Jan 21, 2015
| 3:12 PM
Using certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest.
The research does not prove a health risk — it...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 5:37 PM
Where did the ingredients for life on Earth come from? Many scientists think the basic chemical building blocks for biology were delivered via comet, but the building blocks -- and the building process -- remain a mystery.
Now, a team led by French...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 4:30 AM
If federal agents ever capture a stolen nuclear weapon — or have to investigate the detonation of one — they will turn to one of the most esoteric groups of detectives in the world.
Investigators will need proof of where a weapon came from...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 5:19 AM
When first lady Mamie Eisenhower ceremonially pushed the USS Nautilus into the Thames River in 1954, ushering in the atomic submarine era, the vessel carried 140 types of springs made by one Connecticut company alone.
It was no fluke for Barnes Group...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 12:40 PM
How long did it take a radioactive plume to travel the waters of the Pacific from Fukushima, Japan, to the shores of North America?
The answer, according to a new study published in PNAS, is about 2.1 years.
After an earthquake-triggered tsunami...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 4:58 PM
Researchers have recreated a split-second impact of a meteor with primordial Earth, and shown how the 3.5-megaton collision might have reorganized common molecules into some of the early building blocks that led to all life.
The feigned cataclysm took...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.