Nose job: Smells are smart sensors' last frontier

Jun 23, 2016

Nose job: Smells are smart sensors' last frontier

Phones or watches may be smart enough to detect sound, light, motion, touch, direction, acceleration and even the weather, but they can’t smell. That’s created a technology bottleneck that companies have spent more than a decade trying to fill. Most have failed. A powerful ...

Jun 14, 2016

Bird brain? Study shows avian brains packed with neurons

Scientists have long been baffled by the smarts displayed by some birds with tiny brains. But a new explanation may turn the term “bird brain” on its head: Birds have more densely packed neurons in their brains than other animals, contributing to cognitive ability ...

Scientists propose project that includes making human DNA

Jun 3, 2016

Scientists propose project that includes making human DNA

Scientists proposed a long-term project Thursday that involves creating DNA blueprints for making human beings, a prospect some observers find troubling. The researchers said they have no intention of using these genomes — huge collections of genetic material — to make people. Instead, they ...

Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

May 28, 2016

Scientists drill into crater at sea for dino clues

Sharks swim around a platform off Mexico’s east coast as scientists drill deep into the ocean floor, extracting the remains of the asteroid widely blamed for the demise of the dinosaurs. Some 30 meters (98 feet) above the ocean floor, the researchers pull out ...

May 20, 2016

Researchers solve mystery of red color in birds

Scientists said Thursday they have solved a long-standing mystery about what makes some birds red — a color that, when found in beaks and feathers, shows strong sex appeal. The genes affecting coloration belong to a wider family of genes involved in detoxification, said ...