In some species of reptiles, gender is determined not by X and Y chromosomes, but rather by the temperature in the nest at a key period of development. So, as temperature warm, for the Painted turtles, that means a species that will become all female. And when that happens, the species will die out.
Dark matter makes up some 95 percent of our universe, according to physicists, but its proven elusive. Scientists at Columbia University are part of the team looking for this elusive component of the universe -- and creating unintentional art along the way.
Electric cars have large batteries that go mostly unused for hours at a time. But a team of researchers in Delaware are hoping to use these electric cars to improve how the national electric grid works. So far, the results are promising. And it could provide benefits to electric car owners, too.
A warming climate is likely to mean rising rainfall totals in part of the world -- which could lead to flooding. But scientists in the United Kingdom are hoping to ameliorate that somewhat, by producing a new kind of grass that helps the soil absorb more water.
Some 19 percent of U.S. adults smoke, some of them when they're pregnant. Oregon is launching a new program that will offer financial incentives to women who smoke and quit while they're pregnant.
When it comes to storing energy, there are few simple solutions. But a group of Canadian scientists has changed an old technology to make it more convenient and cost effective to store energy on a large scale.
The Digital Public Library of America is seeking to build a large collection of digital archives that otherwise might not be widely available. It went online this week.
At a Los Angeles Korean festival recently, attendees got a special treat. A humanoid robot from Virginia Tech was on of the shows -- and it performed the dance to Psy's Gangnam Style to roars of approval.
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether a company can be issued a patent for a human gene. The company says it needs the patent to protect the genetic tests its developed; a group of doctprs says human genes are nature in action and should be ineligible for patent protection.
New research out of Sweden, published recently in the Science magazine, changes the way scientists view trees' contribution to carbon sequestration. Ecologist Karina Clemmensen learned that trees continue to store carbon in the environment for its entire life because of fungus growing on the tree roots.