Latest Science News

 
Keeping Pace with Humans: Urban Evolution
A select few species evolve fast enough to keep pace with and survive human impacts.
Brain Imaging Techniques Provide Answers About Vegetative Patients
Scientists are testing a variety of brain imaging techniques on unconscious patients in hopes of learning more about their diagnosis. The technologies are helping researchers make more accurate predictions about who is likely to regain consciousness.
New Parkinsons Drug Shows Positive Results in Rat Study
The seven to ten million people suffering from Parkinson’s can attest that the diagnosis is a harrowing one, foreshadowing an ever-changing cocktail of drugs, symptoms, and side effects for life. But, a new drug may have changed that- for rats at least.

Features

To Puff or Not to Puff: Science's Two Cents in the Marijuana Debate
Marijuana is becoming rapidly legalized for medicinal use across the United States. But when tight government regulations make it difficult to study, researchers are only beginning to grasp marijuana's potential health benefits--and risks.
Tackling the Muddiness of Reality: A Profile of Dr. Jon Simon
Jon Simon is Boston University's Director of the Center for Global Health and Development. He witnesses the tragedy of poverty on every business trip, but finds motivation in his desire to improve children's lives.
Bad News for Big Babies: The Elephant Fertility Crisis
Baby elephants are among the most adorable infants of the animal kingdom, with their oversize floppy ears, tiny soft eyes, and fuzzy rounded backs. But despite their popularity in American zoos, these babies are all too rare: Captive elephants are facing a population crash.
Counting Backwards: The Foggy History of the Ether Dome
SciJo productions explores the historic Ether Dome where William T.G. Morton made history on October 16, 1846 when he demonstrated the first public surgery using anesthetic (ether). filmed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.

Explainers

 
The Fungus that Hung Us: Did Ergotism Lead to the Salem Witch Trials?
Some believe the Salem Witch Trials were set in motion by a hallucinogenic fungus in the villagers' rye crop. But most historians beg to differ.
Figuring out the Flounder: A Science with Grace Video
A Sci-Jo original video on the surprising metamorphosis of flounder and other flatfish, and how their distinctive eyes come to be.
Do Americans really have to refrigerate their eggs?
In many countries eggs aren't refrigerated, but that doesn't mean Americans should follow suit.