The Science Behind “Goosebumps”

With Halloween upon us, there’s likely a hair-raising situation waiting to give you goosebumps, chicken skin or make your skin crawl. Those might seem like silly terms, but they all come from the fact that, when we’re scared (or cold), muscles tug at our hair follicles, causing our hair to raise and giving our skin a bumpy texture similar to that of a featherless chicken. …

Dr Alexander Rich Dies at 90

Dr Alexander Rich, the first person to produce a distinct image of the double helix structure of RNA and DNA, has passed away at the age of 90. Rich was an award-winning researcher who was honored with the National Medal of Science—the highest scientific award given by the federal government—for his ground-breaking discoveries and contributions in the field of modern molecular biology. Read more about …

Olympus BioScapes 2012

An enchanting look at this year's winning scientific images captured with microscopes

Each year as part of the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, the world’s most impressive images and movies of life science subjects taken by microscope are put on show. The work of this year’s more than 2000 entrants delivered striking snapshots of human, plant and animal cells in brilliant light, judged on aesthetics, technique and scientific relevancy. For the first time in the competition’s nine-year …