The Savvy Scientist
The Savvy Scientist dives into the ethics, issues and innovations brewing in the world's most advanced research institutions.
Insights about human origins derived from studies of our ancestors' DNA might also illuminate some of our current social woes.
15 | September 4, 2012 3:00am |
The most important prion disease in the world today can't be allowed to become the next mad cow epidemic.
7 | August 21, 2012 3:00am |
A controversial new would-be science attempts to find and apply the quantified laws of history. Even if it fails, the attempt may be worth considering.
8 | August 7, 2012 3:00am |
The scientific options for vanquishing HIV are looking better. The prospects for paying for them may be getting worse.
9 | July 24, 2012 3:00am |
Medical tourism and the rise of electronic health records could make all of us experimental subjects. But not all experiments are created equal.
July 11, 2012 2:23am |
To land the Curiosity rover safely on the Red Planet, engineers will risk an unprecedented maneuver so crazy, it just might work.
4 | June 26, 2012 3:00am |
The ultra versatile cells offer a way to improve the horrendously inefficient process of creating safe new therapies.
1 | June 12, 2012 3:00am |
An astronomical phenomenon studied for almost 400 years still yields surprises, including tips for finding distant planets.
May 30, 2012 3:00am |
Computer simulations are already bringing back versions of the dead and restoring lost faculties. How far can they go?
2 | May 15, 2012 3:00am |
Future medical nanotechnology won't look robotic. Instead, think very smart particles that usefully imitate life.
3 | May 1, 2012 3:00am |
Figuring out how to identify strange new forms of life on other planets may help to reveal some overlooked forms on this one, too.
10 | April 17, 2012 3:00am |
Remarkably simple structural and developmental principles may ensure the human brain has exactly the right balance of complexity and order.
April 3, 2012 3:00am |
Certain creatures probably deserve legal standing as more than animals. Whether they can get it is a more complicated question.
21 | March 20, 2012 3:00am |
Theories about dark matter struggle to make sense of new observations. Is it unexpectedly sticky or a dead end?
17 | March 6, 2012 3:00am |
The automaker's new digital health initiative aims to watch out for its passengers' well-being -- and not just while they're behind the wheel
3 | February 28, 2012 3:00am |
Deadly proteins spread from brain cell to brain cell in Alzhiemer's disease, which prompts scrutiny of possible deep similarities to prions
February 21, 2012 3:00am |
With decades of misuse gradually ruining the life-saving drugs, science is searching for new ways to kill dangerous bacteria.
7 | February 14, 2012 3:00am |
Scientists searching for aliens disagree with anti-evolution zealots about the odds of life in the universe, but they all hope to recognize signs of deliberate design
4 | February 7, 2012 3:00am |
Under the right circumstances, evolving organisms can make astonishing leaps in capability -- which could be the key to gauging the threat from emerging diseases.
6 | January 31, 2012 2:23am |
This follow-up to last week's column on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere considers ways to exploit the earth's own capacities to absorb the gas.
4 | January 24, 2012 3:00am |