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A Week With X-E2: Thoughts on EVF

I pick up the camera and, for what feels like a hundredth time, get surprised by its low weight. It’s not what you’d call hollow, more like… tightly …

The Week in Review: El Capitan Conquered

On Wednesday, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first individuals to reach the summit of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, a vertical rock in …

Chevy Bolt, 2016 Volt, New Sonata Hybrids, Honda Electric Car: The Week In Reverse (Video)

<i>Which green-car concept did GM</i> almost <i>manage to keep a surprise until an executive leaked it?</i><p><i>And what were the greenest of the new production cars and</i> …

Electric Vehicles

Flu vaccines: a mixture of hard science and good fortune

Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty<p>In a typical year, people given flu shots are around 60% less likely to become ill enough to have to visit a doctor.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/14/1421246807791/cc08b5f0-e604-40e2-8a6d-adf46899e9ae-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Joe …

Public Health

Incredible Aerial Photographs Of New York City Taken At An Astounding Height

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet has spent the past 15 year taking daring helicopter rides to capture some of the most incredible aerial images from around the world.<p>But his latest photo mission — to photograph New York City at night from above — was "the scariest of his life," …

How Big Are The Biggest Squid, Whales, Sharks, Jellyfish?

A few years ago, Carl Zimmer and I ran a workshop on science writing, where we talked, among other things, about explaining science without talking down to your audience. It apparently left an impression on Craig McClain, a marine biologist and blogger who was in the audience. “I made a comment …

Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an ill-tempered …

Showstoppers: The Top 15 Must-See Vehicles From The 2015 Detroit Auto Show

It’s hard to think of a recent car show with more surprises than this year’s North American International Auto Show.<p>From forward-looking cars like the Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept and Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE, to the stunning Ford GT that stole the Acura NSX’s thunder, automakers …

Autos

How Do Sea Turtles Find the Exact Beach Where They Were Born?

The marine reptiles use Earth's magnetic field as a guide back home, new study says.<p>For loggerhead sea turtles, home is where your (magnetic) heart is.<p>After hatching on beaches around the world, these huge marine reptiles undertake multiyear, epic migrations at sea. Then, the turtles return to the …

5 Madly Delicious Ways to Make Meatballs

<b>1. Swedish Meatballs</b><p>Delicate, bite-sized and covered in a light cream gravy -- what's not to love about Swedish meatballs? Spear them with toothpicks for a party or spoon them over lightly buttered egg noodles for dinner. Either way, make extra -- they disappear quickly! <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Chicken</b> …

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the offing, here …

One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

The rate of recent discoveries about the human microbiome has been dizzying. And Rob Knight wants to crank up the pace.<p>One of the top scientists in a field that's discovering possible bacterial influences on everything from diabetes to depression, Knight was also co-founder of a massive citizen …