An exquisitely preserved wooly mammoth is currently undergoing an autopsy in Siberia. Some experts believe they'll be able to extract high quality DNA and cells from the remains which could conceivably be used to clone the extinct mammal. The question now is, should we?
Brains are really complicated, even for the smallest of critters. If you're a scientist who studies brains, then you might try to use some common words so that other scientists will know what you're trying to communicate. People who study vertebrates generally agree on their terminology, which makes mammal and bird brains a bit easier to talk about.
Light is an incredibly powerful force. Sure, it helps us see and gives us fast internet, but medical researchers keep stumbling upon new positive side-effects. A team of Belgian scientists, for instance, just discovered how a ten minute blast of orange light increases brain activity related to cognition and alertness.
The White House's 2015 federal budget request, which was released Tuesday, allocates $15 million to help develop a mission to Europa, which harbors a potentially life-supporting ocean of liquid water beneath its icy shell.
Today is March 14th, or 3/14. And that makes it Pi Day -- the day where math nerds across the country gather to eat pie and discuss the importance of numbers. But did you know it's also Albert Einstein's birthday?
While investigators are stumped over the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the lack of evidence as to what happened hasn’t stopped wild – and this means WILD – speculation as to what might have happened.
Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection provided a scientific answer to a philosophical question: must design imply a designer? To the dismay and disbelief of many of Darwin’s contemporaries, and a great many still, his theory can answer the question in the negative.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft took amazing images of an eruption on Io in 2007 when it traveled past Jupiter, and NASA just released them now. Io's volcanoes can produce plumes that climb as high as 300 miles above the moon's surface.
When we found out that Seth MacFarlane — a man known more for fart jokes than a passion for science — was behind the reboot of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (premiering this Sunday at 9 pm EDT on Fox), we were understandably a little concerned. Fortunately, we were also totally wrong. If the first episode is any indicator, with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the reins, the followup to Carl Sagan's otherworldly masterpiece is in very capable hands.
How big is the cosmos? This is both a central question of Cosmos, the Seth MacFarlane–produced, Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted reboot of Carl Sagan’s widely watched and beloved 1980 miniseries investigating and elucidating our knowledge about the universe, and a question of Fox’s, which is premiering the new version on all 10 of its channels this Sunday night.