From the Editor: 86.1 Science and the End of the World

From the Editor: 86.1 Science and the End of the World

The Mayan apocalyse did not occur – but are we creating our own apocalypse?

Tearing At the Seams: The Splitting of the Indo-Australian Tectonic Plate

Tearing At the Seams: The Splitting of the Indo-Australian Tectonic Plate

Powerful earthquakes in the middle of a tectonic plate suggest that it is splitting.

Match, Manipulate, Medicate: Old Drugs Targeted for New Use

Match, Manipulate, Medicate: Old Drugs Targeted for New Use

New drug screening methods could discover important uses for drugs that initially failed clinical tests.

Test Tube Meat: It’s What’s for Dinner

Test Tube Meat: It’s What’s for Dinner

Production of meat outside of standard farm animals may help satisfy the world’s protein demand.

Bioweapons: Science as a Double-Edged Sword

Bioweapons: Science as a Double-Edged Sword

Recent controversies about H1N1 research recall decades of past bioweapons research.

86.1 cartoon: The End of the World?

86.1 cartoon: The End of the World?

A Hard Case: Shucking the Mollusk Mystery

A Hard Case: Shucking the Mollusk Mystery

A new fossil find clarifies the evolution of a group of mollusks and provides insights into mollusk evolution overall.

Tweezing out the SNARE Complex

Tweezing out the SNARE Complex

A novel single-molecule approach using “optical tweezers” provides new detail into the process of membrane fusion.

A Bat’s World

A Bat’s World

Professor Roman Kuc studies bat echolocation to help build new sonar systems for robots.

Microbots: Using Nanotechnology In Medicine

Microbots: Using Nanotechnology In Medicine

Scientists and doctors are developing tiny robots that can find targets, deliver drugs, and monitor the body.