| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Spider webs combine a strength and elasticity unmatched by anything we humans can make. They don't trigger much of an immune response in us and are "insoluble in water, two facts that the classical Greeks exploited when they used cobwebs to patch bleeding...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 2:15 PM
The digital era has been good for old books, an expert in rare books said earlier this week.
Matthew Haley, head of rare books and manuscripts at the Bonhams auction house in London, said that news of rare books moves faster and wider than ever before...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 4:35 PM
A ring once owned by Jane Austen, which has been in her family for centuries, will be offered for sale for the first time....
| Jun 22, 2012
| 4:37 PM
In a project called DarwinTunes, two Imperial College London gathered a series of 100 randomly generated noise loops and allowed them to recombine in a process of natural selection, during which time they began to approximate music. August Brown...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 6:47 PM
One hundred years from now, when auto historians go all Charles Darwin dissecting the evolution of Porsche's 911 sports car, they may notice a bit of a dogleg in the year 2012.
The car's progress since its inception in 1963 has been carefully modulated....
| Dec 13, 2011
| 4:37 PM
Kentucky evolution challenge: A county schools superintendent in Kentucky is upset that a statewide biology test puts too much emphasis on evolution....
| Jul 3, 2011
The idea of caring for the environment seems to be easier to get across to kids than to adults. Many adults just think the world is too complicated. "What difference does one light bulb or one plastic water bottle make in the wide world?" they think.
| May 13, 2011
| 4:33 PM
With school librarians' jobs endangered in L.A., what would August Wilson say?...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Coming to the Festival of Books: Mark Kurlansky, author of "Cod," has written a children's book about fish and the oceans -- he talks about what draws him back to the sea....
| Apr 10, 2011
Sometimes inspiration comes in the unlikeliest places.
While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in fall 2008, USC professor Deborah Harkness, a historian of science, was consumed with the upcoming bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, but the rest of the...
| Apr 6, 2011
Thomas Eisner, who became known as the "father of chemical ecology" as a result of his pioneering studies of how insects use chemicals to mate, elude predators and capture prey, died March 25 at his home in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 81 and had Parkinson's...