You're safe -- the asteroid known as 2000 EM26 did not hit Earth Monday night. Scientists predicted it wouldn't. But by interstellar standards, this block of rock the length of three football fields was on our front porch. As our cover story "Space Invader" explains this week, these so-called near- ... More >>
You think you can have just one, or maybe a two, and before you know it the whole bag has disappeared. But don't worry. It's not your fault. Scientists at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut are now saying that those beacons of chocolate cookie-and-cream goodness really might be as addict ... More >>
By now you know that the world's rarest and most expensive coffee is picked from the feces of palm civets, or toddy cats. Coffee berries are part of the Southeastern Asian animal's diet, and after the beans are excreted, they're collected, fermented, and roasted to make Kopi Luwak, which sells for $ ... More >>
Here, in the year 2013, lawmakers would like teachers to be allowed to address "weaknesses of existing scientific theories."The language sounds fairly innocuous on its face, until you discover that the language in the proposal -- from a handful of Arizona's Republican lawmakers -- matches that of "A ... More >>
Reuter's has an interesting video that gives viewers a look into the world of Momofuku's kitchen test lab, where chefs and microbiologists team up to create novel tastes and textures using humble common bacteria in interesting ways. Momofuku's chef David Chang is pretty adamant about his desire to u ... More >>
Happy Easter!The Arizona Herpetological Society has some suggestions on how to host the lamest Easter egg hunt ever: don't "hide" the eggs where kids can't see them.The problem: rattlesnakes.The AHS is warning Valley residents about the dangers of Easter egg hunts in a region infested with slithe ... More >>
Global warming threatens to sink Santa's workshop and push reindeer toward extinction, a renowned climatologist tells New Times. As we've read in recent months, climate change could melt the ice cap at the North Pole during the summer in 10 to 20 years, according to some estimates. Scientists aren't ... More >>
Lisa Jackson, the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, has been so focused on saving the world from America's greenhouse gases that she seems to have forgetten about serious pollution in the Phoenix area. Jackson is in Copenhagen this week for the international talks on carbon r ... More >>
In the beginning, there was Red Bull, and it was said that Red Bull "gives you wings." At its stateside genesis in 1997, the little silver can that could stood alone on the frontier of a new market, soon-to-be-borne of the "energy drink" craze. Now energy drinks have gone forth and multiplied, to th ... More >>
Fresh work about rogue AI tickles our collective surprise tooth
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www.wikipedia.comThe famed "Manbearpig" pokes fun at fear mongering some folks associate with global warmingArizona Senator John McCain is the new target of the "green" movement, so much so that Repower America, an offshoot of Al Gore's Alliance For Climate Protection, has opened an office right ... More >>
Arizona State University is "leading the pack in improvements and innovative changes," according to the latest issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine. Though ASU was only as the 121st best national university -- same ranking as last year -- the Valley institution ranked fifth out of ... More >>
Two scientists at Arizona State University's polytechnic campus may have found a slimy green alternative to the world's oil crisis: Algae. No joke. Scientists Qiang Hu and Milton Sommerfeld can convert algae into jet fuel -- a discovery that may just land them a World Technology Award tomorrow. ... More >>
Jonathan McNamaraThe Koi Pond at the Japanese Friendship Garden If you've been to the Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden lately you may have noticed how green it is. No, we're not talking about the vegetation. We're referring to the water in the koi pond. Japanese gardens, even those in Japan, ar ... More >>
There's nothing like knowing something is worth an expensive pricetag -- as long as you've got little choice but to pay for it. Days after a prominent Arizona Republic story about how lawmakers are scrambling to find funds for the cash-poor Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab, the age ... More >>
Most conspiracy theories are so ridiculous, it's hard to choose which are the least plausible or which faces the higher mountain of opposing evidence. Some seem within the realm of the possible, such as the ones that surround the assassination of JFK, the Pearl Harbor attack or the murder of Pr ... More >>
Paint it white
Inbreeding among polygamists along the Arizona-Utah border is producing a caste of severely retarded and deformed children
Inward to the universe
The Havasupai trusted the white man to help with a diabetes epidemic. Instead, ASU tricked them into bleeding for academia.
The Astrology Store
Ecologists are still trying to spin their phony 'Save the Whale' campaign
Environmental groups sent out a worldwide call to save the gray whale from a Mexican salt plant. They got millions of dollars and thousands of new members. But scientists found no threat to the whales.
Farmers say it's nourishing. Critics say it's noxious. Either way, tons of California sewage is headed to Arizona.
After a 70-year hiatus and a confrontation with the world, the Makah tribe resumes its communion with the gray whale
Geneticist has big news for bigots: Biology doesn't recognize race
Boyhood passions and local music luminaries collide in Robin Wilson's new concept album-cum-animated series
After years of retaliation because she was a whistleblower, a leading Alzheimer's researcher can vouch for how poorly Arizona law protects university employees who report waste or fraud
Robin Wilson and the Gas Giants have a phantom hit
Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed
Someone is shooting endangered Mexican gray wolves. The government's flawed reintroduction program helped put them in the crosshairs.
Should boom towns like Prescott let little things like water shortages keep them from growing?
Deep Impact is a feel-good disaster movie
WHAT WAS ON EARLY MAN'S MIND? HIS TOOLS, BUT HE COULDN'T BRING HIMSELF TO TALK ABOUT IT.