Engineering Design

  1. Tech

    A greener way to keep flames away

    Scientists use safer materials to create a new flame retardant.

  2. Animals

    Lotion takes a bite out of snake venom

    Scientists discover that a cream can slow the spread of a serpent’s poison.

  3. Science & Society

    Scientist profile: Leroy Hood

    The inventor of the DNA sequencing technique, and Albert Lasker Awardee, embarks on the next big challenge.

  4. Computing

    Watson a game-changer for science

    Supercomputer outsmarts humans in historic Jeopardy! competition.

  5. Chemistry

    Superslim silicene

    Lab-made sheets of silicon are only one atom thick.

  6. Enthusiasm and reward for science

    Meet the high schoolers who won the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search.

  7. Health & Medicine

    Scientists help amputees by getting on their nerves

  8. Environment

    Planting seeds for better plastic

    Scientists are working to put the bio in plastics.

  9. Physics

    Explainer: How a synchrotron works

    Giant magnets direct superfast light into beams up to 30 million times as bright as those produced by a laser pointer.

  10. Tech

    Crime lab

    From accidents to crime scenes, scientists are helping detectives solve mysteries.

  11. Tech

    Inspired by nature

    Researchers are applying lessons learned from butterflies, beetles, mussels, and other creatures to problems of human survival.

  12. Tech

    A taste for cheese

    Researchers aim for cheese that is tastier, more nutritious, and easier to make than those now available.