Science & Society

  1. Earth

    Thirst for water moves and shakes California

    Here’s a scary cost to pumping up groundwater to slake the thirst of crops in California’s Central Valley: It may uplift nearby mountains and trigger tiny earthquakes, experts find.

  2. Tech

    Saving vanishing ‘tongues’

    More than 3,000 world languages face extinction. Linguists are turning to mobile apps and other tech tools to preserve these endangered languages.

  3. Science & Society

    Teen’s cancer research scores big at Intel ISEF competition

    Seventeen teens grabbed top honors at the world’s premier high-school science competition. A 15-year old cancer researcher got to take home $75,000.

  4. Science & Society

    Students use STEM to help their community

    Every community has its problems. A nationwide contest encourages students to tap science to solve local needs.

  5. Environment

    ‘Greener’ energy needed now, group warns

    To avoid a looming environmental crisis brought on by global warming, people need to rely more on renewable energy sources. And fast. Without quick action, the world may face a harsh future, warns the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

  6. Science & Society

    FDA announces plans to regulate e-cigarettes and more

    The Food and Drug Administration announced it will use its powers to try to keep e-cigarettes, hookahs and cigars out of the hands of minors.

  7. Science & Society

    E-cigarette makers focus on teens

    A high-level group of senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives surveyed makers of e-cigarettes and finds they are targeting youth. They conclude that new federal laws should be created to end practices that could turn teens into nicotine addicts.

  8. Computing

    Intel STS finalist’s computer program models social life

    Ajay Saini has brought together math and computer science to show how habits spread within social groups. His new computer program could help promote healthy habits.

  9. Health & Medicine

    The dangerous rise of electronic cigarettes

    Electronic cigarettes were originally advertised as a way for smokers to wean themselves off of cigarettes. In fact, e-cigarettes are helping hook a whole new generation of young people on nicotine — an addiction that may transition back to tobacco.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is a hookah?

    Many teens are turning to water pipes as a potentially safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. But they’d be wrong.

  11. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What are e-cigarettes?

    New battery-powered devices deliver nicotine, a dangerous and addictive drug.

  12. Environment

    Burning to learn

    Fires cause billions of dollars of destruction to homes and forests every year. But not all fires are bad, especially for forests. With a better understanding of fire, scientists can both help people prevent dangerous fires — and identify which ones it would be better to let burn.