Science

Reporting and analysis about scientific research and innovation in Texas

The Culture |
June 30, 2006

Eileen Collins

“It’s funny: I’ve never been scared on a shuttle mission. It’s just the nature of the job. You’re busy, you’re focused, you’re well trained, and you go, ‘You know, if I’m going to die, there’s nothing I can do about it.’”

Feature |
May 31, 2006

The Truth Is Out There

Spoiler alert: The mythic Marfa lights may not be real. But there’s no way to know for sure, and that’s why they’re cool.

Feature |
April 1, 2003

Heaven & Earth

The break-up of the space shuttle Columbia was a chilling reminder that the astronauts who dare to dream and risk their lives for the benefit of all mankind are, at the end of the day, mere mortals.

Biz Science |
March 1, 1999

Blood and Money

On the strength of a simple if indelicate question—“Who’s the Father?”—Houston’s Caroline Caskey has made a big splash in biotech.

Health |
January 1, 1997

Cancer Patience

To perfect a promising new gene therapy, doctors at Houston’s M. D. Anderson need time. Unfortunately, that’s one thing people with malignant brain tumors don’t have.

News & Politics |
November 1, 1996

It Came From Outer Space

The inside story of how industrious NASA scientists discovered signs of life in a Martian rock and boosted the fortunes of the tabloids, Hollywood producers, and even the president.

News & Politics |
July 31, 1995

The Outer Limits

Combining the latest technology with an old-fashioned passion for her work, Austin astronomer Anita Cochran redefined the solar system. Now her star is on the rise.

Science |
May 31, 1991

Animal House

At a Central Texas facility, researchers show lab-raised chimps things their mothers never taught them.

Science |
September 30, 1990

The Brain Trust

Computers will finally use commmon sense if an Austin high-tech team can make them think like people.

News & Politics |
June 30, 1979

Moon Struck

Ten years ago the Apollo astronauts, technicians and scientists all, landed on the Moon and touched what poets only dreamed. But that touch changed their lives.

Science |
August 31, 1978

Laser Days

Lasers have been heralded as the greatest discovery since the computer, but they may be hazardous to your health.