Dr. James Chang from the Stanford School of Medicine uses sculptures from 19th-century French artist Auguste Rodin to teach his students the diagnostic process. Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center now shows in an exhibition how that works. WSJ’s Monika Vosough reports.
Two Americans and a German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering how key substances are transported within cells, a process involved in such important activities as brain cell communication and the release of insulin. (Oct. 7)
A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters. Marine biologists are working to preserve and examine the elusive arctic species. (Oct. 18)
An animated video from NASA shows the area on Mars where the Curiosity rover recently discovered evidence of an ancient lake. Narration by John Grotzinger, a Caltech planetary geologist who is the chief scientist of the Curiosity rover mission.
A pristine comet called ISON, which left its home at least a million years ago, will be making its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving day. Gautam Naik reports.
A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday. Described as a “hybrid eclipse,” some areas were witnessing a total blackout with others experiencing a partial version. (Nov. 3)
Scientists are still digging for Ice Age fossils in the heart of Los Angeles after a century of discoveries. So much has been uncovered from the La Brea Tar Pits that crews have a backlog of bones to clean and sort through. (Oct. 28)
When hosting a party where genetically modified foods are what’s for dinner, is it proper etiquette to warn your GMO-averse friends ahead of time? Mr. Know-It-All offers sage advice on how to handle.
A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish. Because oarfish dive more than 3,000 feet, sightings are rare and they are largely unstudied. (Oct. 15)
David Wineland, who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics, has been deemed “non-essential” due to the partial-government shutdown. The change is affecting his lab work on developing more accurate atomic clocks and quantum computers. (Oct. 14)