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Stone tools and the evolution of modern human cognition

By Philip Guelpa, December 18, 2012

A newly reported microlithic technology from a site in South Africa helps close the apparent temporal gap between the biological evolution of modern humans and the archaeological evidence of fully modern cognitive abilities.

The growing impact and dangers of global warming

By Bryan Dyne, November 27, 2012

The impact of climate change on all aspects of life has been more concretely analyzed in reports issued over the past decade.

The future study of hurricanes at risk

By Bryan Dyne, November 6, 2012

The end of the current generation of environmental satellites will likely produce a gap lasting up to four years, in which crucial data used in predicting the intensity of hurricanes will not be collected.

Earth-mass planet found orbiting the nearest star

By Bryan Dyne, October 24, 2012

A planet with similar mass to the Earth has been found orbiting α Centauri B, our closest interstellar neighbor.

Voyager spacecraft approaching interstellar space—35 years after launch

By Bryan Dyne, September 28, 2012

Voyager 1 and 2 have flown through the Solar System for 35 years and now Voyager 1 is on the verge of becoming humanity’s first interstellar spacecraft.

New fossils support a multiple-species view of early human evolution

By Philip Guelpa, August 31, 2012

Newly reported fossils from East Africa indicate multiple branches in early human evolution.

Curiosity rover lands on Mars: A milestone of space exploration

By Bryan Dyne, August 7, 2012

Curiosity, NASA’s latest Mars rover, has successfully landed on target at Gale crater.

Melting of Greenland ice shelf likely caused by global warming

By Bryan Dyne, August 2, 2012

The sudden melting of the Greenland ice shelf is an indicator that global warming is beginning to have a very widespread impact on human life.

Did Neanderthals create cave art?

By Philip Guelpa, July 10, 2012

It is possible that simple representations such as disks and negative hand prints, which new dating indicates were the earliest forms of cave art, were, in fact, originated by Neanderthals.

CERN discovers new fundamental particle

By Bryan Dyne, July 5, 2012

Results jointly released from the Large Hadron Collider have confirmed the existence of a new fundamental particle, which has the high possibility of being the long sought after Higgs boson.

The 2012 transit of Venus

By Don Barry, June 5, 2012

The Sun, the planet Venus and the Earth will line up so that Venus appears to pass across the disk of the Sun.

New search for life among Jupiter’s ice moons

By Aidan Claire, May 17, 2012

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced a €1.1 billion unmanned mission to the ice moons of the planet Jupiter.