The Brontosaurus might be back! Though it was previously demoted to a cadet branch of Apatosaurus, a new analysis of skeletons suggests that Brontosaurus excelsus might be unique enough anatomically to come out and head up its own genus again.
Move over, stiff neck; there's a new spinal problem to reckon with. Doctors are seeing some patients with "text neck"--pain caused by inclining one's head for long periods of time while staring at a smartphone, thus putting extra stress on the spine.
NASA's Curiosity rover detected a burp of methane on Mars lasting for several months--possibly stemming from a geologic process called serpentinization, or possibly the signature of microscopic Martian life.
We, at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, have used capillary forces to assemble micro-machined structures -- the so-called capillary origami technique. We believe that Origami is a promising option to reach the third dimension in the micro world.
Rosetta mission scientists succeeded in landing the Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, although a slightly rough landing left the lander tilted and its long-term hold on the comet in doubt.
The Antares rocket, built by private space outfit Orbital Sciences powered by refurbished Soviet engines from the 1960s, explosively failed to launch on its planned resupply mission to the International Space Station.
In human history, no practice has more profoundly advanced human understanding of the natural world than that of science. So it seems tragic, in the year 2014, that science should require a defense (by a comedy writer, no less).