The singsong speech adults use when talking to infants seems to get a baby's attention and even bring a smile. But a report published in today's issue of Science* suggests that this "parentese" may be more than just a tool of endearment.
The thundering collapse of ice from towering glaciers off the Antarctic Peninsula highlights their vulnerability to the warming trend there in recent decades. Does this presage the ultimate fate of Antarctica's major ice shelves, which lie in colder climes farther south?
Today is the 77th birthday of Marie Tharp, an oceanographic cartographer whose maps of the world's sea floors helped shape a new view of Earth--plate tectonics--in which crustal plates constantly shift and move on top of the mantle.
Live high, train low--that's the guide to faster footwork, according to a paper published this month in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The study found that runners can shave crucial seconds off their time if they live at high altitudes but train closer to sea level.
Vegetables with genetically engineered pest resistance are already appearing on supermarket shelves, but scientists have had a much harder time controlling the sizes and crop yields of many vegetables.