Since a trip to Mars is years and a whole lot of scientific development away, NASA is focusing on asteroids. If you've always dreamed of saving the planet from an asteroid, now is your chance. NASA kicks off a program on March 17 where "citizen scientists" will have the chance to come up with algori ... More >>
It's not available yet, but once the FDA finalizes its assessment of AquAdvantage salmon, the genetically engineered fish may find its way to your grocery store fish counter. And you may have no idea that the fish you're eating has been modified with growth hormone regulating genes. These genes al ... More >>
This photo was snapped during a recent coffee crawl around town, during which I felt as if I could conquer the world with my left hand and reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity with my right. Afterward, however, I crashed for three hours and felt at least 1,000 of my brain cells quietly ... More >>
Like most night owls, I spent early Monday morning watching YouTube clips of a holographic Tupac Shakur playing Coachella with his friends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg nearly 16 years after his death. It was at once creepy and crass, but altogether interesting no matter how you sliced it, and not just bec ... More >>
If you saw the dramatic footage out of North Texas Tuesday, hopefully from the safety of your living room or gathered around a TV at work, you know that weather events like those tornadoes can make pretty compelling television. And someone has to head straight into those storms to film all that vide ... More >>
There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch them all, one at a time. Admittedly, the concept of MonsterQuest initially struck me as woefully similar to that of...certain other reality shows, in that I was sure we'd be following around a bunch of yahoos using dubi ... More >>
Photo by mintprofusionOysters affected by red tide are toxic to humans.On January 27, two small portions of Texas Gulf waters were conditionally opened to shellfish harvesting after a red tide epidemic forced the indefinite closure of oyster season in October. San Antonio and Espiritu Santo ... More >>
As has been mentioned by weather forecasters in recent days, some pretty rough weather is passing through Houston this morning as part of a cold front. The storms are spanning high winds, torrential rain (some areas could receive up to five inches), flash flooding and potential tornadoes. According ... More >>
Evolution in the cross-hairsTexas might be getting ready to fill its science textbooks with anti-evolution material, critics are warning. The State Board of Education may soon take another step in its effort to adopt material that pushes Intelligent Design, they say. "Two years ago State Bo ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>
Headin' for Marfa, no doubtYou may have thought that the mystery of the Marfa Lights had been pretty much settled with scientific research showing that the eerie illuminations are just far-off car headlights bouncing off thermal layers. WRONG. Now comes a creationist scientist who has a new ... More >>
There are maybe 200 primordial dwarfs in the world, and Houstonian Sienna Bernal is one of them. She's also trying to be a regular 11-year-old girl.
See artifacts from a storied pirate ship
Why hast thou forsaken me?The Institution for Creation Research was a California-based school that moved to the Dallas area three years ago.They applied to Texas' Higher Education Coordinating Board for certification to give master's degrees in science; the HECB reviewed their curriculum and turn ... More >>
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Look, it's a bird, it's a fossil, it's Super Lizard
NASA famously bombed the moon last year in a desperate attempt to prove there's water on it. While water was indeed discovered, we have yet to hear any reliable figures on collateral damage to the affected areas or the native population.It turns out, instead of almost triggering a Earth-Moon war ... More >>
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The Symphony joins NASA for a match made in Houston
Admit it, you want to look
One small step for computer-kind, one hell of a mess for man
The former Houston Ballet choreographic associate shifts shape
Physics, math and art - all from one sheet of paper
Teenage filmmaker Emily Hagins shares her zombie-movie experience
It isn't every day that you invent a new school of philosophy
Hot on the heels of a new report from the Baker Institute suggesting NASA concentrate on improving conditions here on Earth and postpone all this "outer space" foolishness, NASA has come up with yet another neat little thing to help reignite enthusiasm for what it does. We say "yet another" in refe ... More >>
There's less than a week to go before the Evolution vs. Intelligent Design showdown in Austin, and scientists at Texas A&M - the Aggies - have dropped a bombshell. They've proven evolution exists. Kind of.Aggie researcher and assistant professor Katy Kao has reportedly developed "the first ... More >>
Barry Stone places the stars in front of your eyes
Exhibit inspired by CBS series puts you behind the evidence
Gov. Rick Perry appeared today before 250 national venture capitalists, researchers and business executives at the annual Texas Life Science Conference. During his talk, the governor called for a renewed commitment by the public and private sector to fight cancer. “Cancer is not a new fight fo ... More >>
Get the inside scoop on dinos
Be prepared to be afraid
Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here
Al Gore takes on the other imminent threat to America
This unconventional comedic drama from Norway might be just the ticket
Dave Criswell dreams of living on the moon. He has a plan for colonization. Other scientists say his idea is 100 years too early. But he's ready now.
Europe has a problem with diseased cattle. Should Texans be wary?
Diana Ramos, chef and co-owner of Habanero Blue
Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed
Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.
Zonagen Inc. took its name from Bonnie Dunbar's groundbreaking research into contraceptive vaccines. Then, when she wasn't looking, the company took her research.
Waterworld is a whirlpool of dazzling action, and muddled ideas
Bothered by shrinking catches, growing regulations and a sense of frustration, Galveston Bay's shrimpers say that they, not the shrimp, are the endangered species.
John Bockris was known around Texas A&M as a chemist interested in "weird science." Joe Champion gave him all he could handle.