Radisav Vidic reviews what is known about fracking and makes suggestions for improving environmental monitoring; Lucas Joppa discusses troubling scientific software; Kai Kupferschmidt brings us up to speed on the science of flavor; and more.
Luke Rendell discusses evidence for the cultural exchange of behavior in whales; John Antoniadis explains how an extreme pulsar validates general relativity; Richard Stone describes the state of TB treatment in North Korea; and more.
Noah Weeth Feinstein makes the case for rethinking science education for non-scientists; Jeffrey Mervis describes Carl Wieman's efforts to overhaul undergrad science education; Ton de Jong argues for both physical and virtual laboratories.
Jeremy DeSilva reveals the locomotion of Australopithecus sediba; Jacobus de Roode points out the similarities between medication in humans and medication in animals; Adrian Cho outlines recent advances in dark matter detection; and more.
Henry Greely explores the ethical, politcal, and scientific implications of species de-extinction; Yukiyasu Kamitani describes how to interpret the brain patterns from dreams; Richard Kerr discusses new evidence for mantle plumes; and more.
Mario Suvà draws parallels between stem cells and cancer cells; Norbert Juergens implicates sand termites in Africa's fairy circles; Ron Cowen describes the event that should touch off a decade of black hole research; and more.
Nearly 30 years after its establishment, U.S. pharmaceutical patent policy is poised for a review by the Supreme Court. Meghna Sachdev chats with Policy Forum author Christopher Hemphill about the potential impact of a ruling on drug regulations.
Daniel Goldman discusses the terradynamics of moving over flowing ground; Douglas Richardson explains how GIS and GPS can be used to map health data; Robert Service highlights the challenges facing the cellulosic ethanol industry; and more.
Carmen Gerlach stresses the importance of T cell diversity in the immune response; Edward Parson advises improving the policies governing geoengineering research; Dennis Normile outlines the lessons learned from SARS; and more.
David Awschalom explores the potential of spintronics in quantum processing; Shlomo Benartzi discusses workplace interventions that may help employees save for retirement; Eli Kintisch describes a crossroads facing U.S. oceanography; and more.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences celebrates its 150th anniversary next week. Meghna Sachdev chats with former Academy head and current Science Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts about the Academy's contributions to science and society.
Early findings from the newly-launched Van Allen Probes; why wild insects may be just as important as honeybees in agricutultural pollination; investigating allegations of cyber attacks by China; and more.
HIV treatment in South Africa not only increases life expectancy, but proves to be financially advantageous; what North Korea's latest nuclear test means, scientifically and politically; and new ways of preserving plant biodiversity.