Psychologists have come up with an interesting twist on the old notion of the power of positive thinking: They've shown that you may be able to improve your golf game by believing the hole you're aiming for is larger than it really is.
The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson finds itself in a unique situation: it has five new elephants — but the facility does not have enough leafy food to keep the large animals happy. "What we're looking for... I think the word 'snacks' came up," says zoo curator Jim Schnormeier.
The tension between the two realms is greater than it's been in years, some scientists say. The latest battle played out in Tennessee, which just enacted a law that encourages teachers to question evolution despite the accepted science.
Researchers want to create a widely effective drug that targets viruses much in the same way that penicillin kills a wide range of bacteria. Science writer Carl Zimmer profiles the scientists who are developing these antiviral drugs, and the technology behind it, in his latest piece for Wired magazine.
At Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers sent the retired space shuttle Discovery into the sky for a final time. On top of a jumbo jet, it was flown to Washington, D.C., bound four a museum run by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
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