After Disasters, DNA Science Is Helpful, But Often Too Pricey

For decades, DNA has been used to identify victims of crime, even victims of war crimes. But there’s no international standard for using DNA analysis for identifying bodies after a disaster. So some scholars are calling for an international group with the same reach as weapons inspectors.

A Cooler Pacific May Be Behind Recent Pause In Global Warming

The Earth’s average annual temperature has been rising for decades, but not in the last 15 years — colder winters and hotter summers notwithstanding. Now scientists offer evidence that this “pause” in average warming is because a cooler Pacific is temporarily taking up more heat than usual.

Particle Physicists Want A New Collider To Study The Higgs

High-energy physicists are still riding high from last year’s discovery of the Higgs particle, a major finding decades in the making. Now they want a big new machine to study the Higgs, but budget cuts and the high costs of building a new particle accelerator mean the world can afford only one.

Decades After Henrietta Lacks’ Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

A special committee that includes two members of the Lacks family will review scientists’ applications for access to the genetic sequence of cells derived from a tumor that killed Henrietta Lacks. The cells are among the most widely used in research.

What Bird Flocks And Fish Schools Can Teach Us About The Future

Birds flock. Insects swarm. Fish swim in schools. These are all examples of collective behavior, a concept that has fascinated scientists for decades. For a recent piece in Wired Magazine, science writer Ed Yong explains what this research could tell us about predicting the future.