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How Precision Medicine Will Transform Cancer Treatment [VIDEO]

Nobelist Harold Varmus on the promise of a new generation of cancer treatments—and the big challenges that remain -- Read more on

What if Dark Matter is Stranger Than We Thought? [Video]

The universe’s hidden stuff could be a mirror world of invisible particles and “dark atoms” -- Read more on

8 Spacecraft That Have Been Rescued, Resurrected and Repurposed

In celebration of the Philae lander waking up from its long slumber, we take a look back at other spacecraft that have experienced resurrections -- Read more on

75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Soft Tissue Suggests Ancient Organic Preservation May Be Common

Researchers have found what appear to be collagen fibers and blood cells in unremarkable-looking fossils -- Read more on

Archaeologists Take Wrong Turn, Find World's Oldest Stone Tools [Update]

SAN FRANCISCO–Archaeologists working in the Kenyan Rift Valley have discovered the oldest known stone tools in the world. Dated to around 3.3 million years ago, the implements are some 700,000... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.c...

Black Hole "Blazars" Reveal Hidden Side of the Universe [Video]

The bright lights from these hungry black holes revealed a subtle background field -- Read more on

MESSENGER’s Mercurial Swan Song and Other Interplanetary Smashups

On April 30, if all goes well, after running out of fuel to fight off orbital decay NASA’s long-running MESSENGER spacecraft will end its mission to Mercury by crashing into the planet’s... -- Read more on

Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Twenty-five years ago, on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope soared into orbit. Since then, its great discoveries have been legion, and the story of how it became the most successful and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican...

Can the U.S. Go All-Electric?

New homes wired with the latest smart gadgets cluster together around shared park spaces. Blue-black panels that transform sunshine into electricity grace a majority of roofs. -- Read more on

Supermassive Black Holes Make Merging Galaxies Green

Green as a color can mean animal, vegetable or mineral. It is the stuff of crocodiles, chlorophyll and copper patina, the essence of serpentine or of snakes in the grass, the hue of a glacial lake, a... -- Read more on

Against April Fools' in Science Journalism

My lowest point as a science journalist came before I even knew what a science journalist was. I was a young punk in an eighth-grade science class at Northwood Middle School in Greenville, South... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican...

When Your Co-Author Is a Monstrous Ass

Who hasn't worked with a disagreeable person—and in the world of science publishing, authored a paper with one? That wasn't exactly what went through the mind of William Hoover, a... -- Read more on

What Are Black Hole Firewalls? [Video]

Black holes break theories. These sites of extremely large masses in extremely small spaces invoke both of the behemoths of modern physics—general relativity (which rules over large masses) and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican....

After a Martian Marathon, NASA's Opportunity Rover Faces Uncertain Future

It's been a long time coming, but this week NASA's Mars Opportunity rover completed the first-ever Martian marathon. After landing on the Red Planet in January 2004 on a mission originally planned to... -- Read more on

The Science of TED 2015

What I love about the annual TED gathering in Vancouver is the way science coexists along with art, social justice, popular song and the rest of TED's eclectic mix. -- Read more on

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