Science Matters

New tech unwraps mummies’ mysteries

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot — now stuck on a pedestal — is going mobile at the International Space Station.

Physicists on path of invariance in the universe

Physics is the mother of all the sciences. It strives to describe characteristics of the physical universe with parameters that are unambiguous and measurable. Those measurements can’t depend on who makes them, where or when they are made, the orientation of the measuring apparatus or the thing being measured.

What a drag as Olympics gear up

I swim laps at noon several times a week. I enjoy the water, and the gentle exercise is good for my aging joints.Like other old ladies in the pool, I'm no speed demon. Even a bucketful of performance enhancing drugs would not make me slice through the wat

Patterns evident in Milky Way, other galaxies

Few things are as awesome as a crystal clear night sky far from city lights.

Genes hold keys to diseases, cures

The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, demonstrated humans have approximately 20,000 genes. How these genes interact with one another and respond to environmental factors goes a long way toward explaining a person's health history.

No silver bullet for diverse enemy: cancer

Controlling health care costs is one of the most difficult problems facing society. Because we are often talking about life-and-death decisions for ourselves or our loved ones, we unquestioningly accept that more is better. It is not always the case that