Science & Society

  1. Science & Society

    Eric Chen wins 2014 Intel Science Talent Search

    The Intel Science Talent Search gala on March 11 honored 40 brilliant high school seniors and their research projects. Eric Chen won first place for his computer screening technique that identified new influenza drugs.

  2. Genetics

    Where Native Americans come from

    All tribes seem to derive from the same Asian roots, DNA indicates.

  3. Animals

    A weekend for the birds

    February 14 to 17 is this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count. It offers an opportunity to not only learn about the birds in your neighborhood but also contribute to science.

  4. Computing

    Cool Jobs: Paid to dream

    Some visionaries use science and engineering to see what our world could — and should — become

  5. Science & Society

    Human ancestors threw spears

    Who threw first? Scientists had long believed that ancient people who lived 80,000 years ago were the first to throw spears with stone tips. But the discovery of 279,000-year-old stone spear tips in Ethiopia pushes that date back, and suggests prehuman species hunted with spears too.

  6. Science & Society

    Bigger groups make better tools

    As the size of a population grows, so too does its ability to quickly create clever new tools. Lab experiments suggest that connections between people give rise to the new creations.

  7. Science & Society

    Many teens try alternatives to cigarettes

    Teen use of cigarettes has dropped a bit in recent years. But many kids have been turning to other tobacco and tobacco-like products. And which they choose can differ sharply by gender and ethnic group.

  8. Science & Society

    Explainer: Inspirations — from Tom Swift to tomatoes

    Childhood interests may lead to a career imagining how the future could play out

  9. Science & Society

    Explainer: Some schools already teach future studies

    Good preparation for working in this field may require more than a firm grounding in science or engineering.

  10. Brain

    ‘Study drugs’ can be dangerous

    The misuse of these ADHD medicines not only constitutes cheating, but they can become addictive and can mess with your head.

  11. Earth

    Hacking the planet

    The big backup plan: Scientists reluctantly consider altering Earth’s climate to head off the catastrophic effects of global warming.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: Where and when did HIV begin?

    The virus that causes AIDS may have evolved in monkeys or apes more than a century ago.