The solar eclipse provides an opportunity for scientists to study the solar atmosphere and polar plumes. Plus, in the driest deserts, hardy bacteria cling to the underside of translucent rocks, eking out an existence where nothing else can.
Physicist Richard Garwin has played a prominent role in fields ranging from nuclear weapons, personal computing technology, and science policy. Plus, a look at the state of our transportation infrastructure, and the secrets of the star-nosed mole.
A fossil find in California makes the case for human settlement of the Americas 130,000 years ago--more than 100,000 years earlier than previously believed. But not all anthropologists are convinced. Plus, a new TV series based on a biography of Einstein. And a mathematical artist and his never-ending blooms.
A CSI lab tracks the birds that strike airplanes. The species that hits most often? Not the one you might guess. Plus, practical tools to save some of your online privacy. And a look at how scarce resources and the pressure to publish undermine quests for cures.