Breaking limits in science and life

A woman astronomer’s 20-year quest to find 100 Earth-like planets is within reach

Breaking limits in science and life

A planet, Debra Fischer likes to tell her Yale students, “is a billion times fainter than the star.” Speaking from experience, she’s been searching for distant planets in the vastness of space for almost two decades and has been finding them with impressive regularity.

Listening to Fischer lecturing undergraduates in an amphitheater classroom, you immediately recognize her as an engaging explainer and committed teacher. But she’s much more: a female pioneer in a testosterone-infused field, a social activist in science, and a cutting-edge researcher finishing a new machine that may soon rock the field of planet-hunting. Read More…

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environment

PODCAST: New wind turbines are for the birds

PODCAST: New wind turbines are for the birds

Engineers place more powerful wind turbines further apart, but still can’t save the birds

PODCAST: New wind turbines are for the birds

Engineers place more powerful wind turbines further apart, but still can’t save the birds

environment

Weathering the storm of genetic data

Weathering the storm of genetic data

The startup SolveBio wants to be a one-stop shop for scientists trying to cope with data overload

A three-parent baby? Not really.

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environment

Why some people can tolerate the world’s hottest pepper

Why some people can tolerate the world's hottest pepper

Genetic and socio-cultural factors chip in to protect us from the burn — well some of us

FDA tightens tobacco sales to minors

Recently issued warning letters represent the first of many steps to curb tobacco sales to children

environment

A twinkle of light in a microscope’s eye

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Researchers are using biological glow sticks and finely-tuned cameras to look deeper within cells.

I Just Need Some Spacetime — Separating Twins with Special Relativity

The twin paradox shows how approaching the speed of light alters both time and space

social science

Is digital photography real?

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Searching for truth in digital photojournalism