Publicly funded British research will be freely accessible to citizens within 2 years

It's been a big year for proponents of the open-science revolution. In January, an angry blog post quickly transformed into a clarion call within the scientific community over the exorbitant cost of academic journal subscriptions. In May, the British government announced it would be collaborating with Wikipedia… » 7/16/12 1:30pm 7/16/12 1:30pm

Back-to-School Season for Your Immune Cells

This adorable little ant can be trusted to carry quite a lot on its back in the interest of the common good. In that way, it's surprisingly similar to the cells of your immune system, as researchers from MIT and Harvard revealed earlier this month. They've found a way to hook synthetic patches to the surface of B and… » 11/16/08 9:00am 11/16/08 9:00am

Grow Back the Missing Pieces of Your Heart

When raising a building, construction workers first create a scaffold, a rough framework that mimics the structure of the completed project. As it turns out, biological engineers do the same thing when they develop technology that will enable people to repair their own damaged hearts. This week in Nature Materials » 11/02/08 4:00pm 11/02/08 4:00pm,…

Secret Papers of the Man Who Harnessed the Energy of the Human Orgasm

It's special time for orgasm science. This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Wilhelm Reich, the controversial philosopher who was eventually sent to prison for his theories of sexual revolution and the "orgone," a unit of energy derived from human orgasms. His personal papers, held at Harvard until 50 years… » 11/12/07 9:00am 11/12/07 9:00am