Living brain tissue experiments raise new kinds of ethical questions

SEATTLE — Live bits of brain look like any other piece of meat —  pinkish, solid…

How a quantum technique highlights math’s mysterious link to physics

It has long been a mystery why pure math can reveal so much about the nature…

Turning human bodies into compost works, a small trial suggests

SEATTLE — Human bodies make great worm food. That’s the conclusion of pilot experiments with six…

Linking sense of touch to facial movement inches robots toward ‘feeling’ pain

SEATTLE — A robot with a sense of touch may one day “feel” pain, both its…

Very few infants seem to be getting sick with the new coronavirus

As the outbreak of a new coronavirus continues, infants appear to be largely spared.  A new…

AI can predict which criminals may break laws again better than humans

Computer algorithms can outperform people at predicting which criminals will get arrested again, a new study…

Microbiologists took 12 years to grow a microbe tied to complex life’s origins

Cramped in a small submarine 2,500 meters below the Pacific’s surface in 2006, microbiologist Hiroyuki Imachi…

50 years ago, protests and promises launched the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Getting set for a black gold rush, Science News, February 14, 1970 — Nobody has ever…

Coronavirus’s genetic fingerprints are used to rapidly map its spread

SEATTLE — Unprecedented data sharing and breakneck genetic sleuthing are charting the new coronavirus’s travels around…

Snakes suffered after a frog-killing fungus wiped out their food

Karen Lips knew a wave of frog death was coming.  The frog-killing Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or chytrid,…