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Feb 1, 2018

The ice age treasures of Tule Springs are back home in Las Vegas after a decades-long detour to Southern California.

Jan 31, 2018

“Is this something we’ve seen before?” We asked Dr. Josh Bonde. He grinned. “No, this is going to be something new.”

Jan 29, 2018

Sabertooth cats once roamed Las Vegas, mammoths towered over the valley, and now, you can see them.

Jan 24, 2018

Tech red, an enigmatic technetium compound that has resisted characterisation for half a century, has been identified using chemical detective-work and computer modelling. The molecule’s unusual chemistry may explain why it has proven so difficult to unmask.1

Jan 4, 2018

Michael Pravica and Marshawn Lynch are at first glance (and second glance, third, fourth and fifth glances) an unlikely pair. But what the professor of physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the star running back of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders have in common — besides their joint appearances on the Bleacher Report’s new Facebook show, “No Script with Marshawn Lynch” — centers around explosions. For Lynch, it's his explosive runs on the field, and for Pravica, it is the study of “things that go boom.”

Jan 4, 2018

A new study shows that even low doses of asbestos fibers found around the Lake Mead area make mice sick. The study was conducted to understand whether rocks in Boulder City are toxic and cause negative health effects.

Jan 4, 2018

Light pollution from Las Vegas has already spilled over Red Rock Canyon and nearby vistas that used to be dark, Las Vegas Astronomical Society Greg McKay said, and his group worries about the effects of the proposed 5,000-home Blue Diamond Hill development.

Jan 3, 2018

More than 80 percent of land in Nevada is publicly owned. This wealth of open space is a treasure trove for paleontologists. Their digs into the dirt can teach us about what our world was and hint at issues we might have to confront tomorrow.

Jan 2, 2018

If you’re braving the “friendly,” crowded skies this holiday season, brace yourself for the inevitably glacial pace of the boarding process.

Dec 20, 2017

Most moments of clarity seemingly come out of nowhere, when you least expect them — in the shower, on a walk, or even during a long car ride. For University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) senior, Amber Turner, her moment of clarity came during her sophomore year of college after pulling an eight-hour shift at McDonald’s.

Dec 20, 2017

San Diego native Jacqueline Phan passed on opportunities to study in California so she could contribute to biochemistry research here in Las Vegas.

Dec 7, 2017

UNLV physics professor Michael Pravica helps the NFL player conduct a few liquid nitrogen experiments.

Nov 27, 2017

For eons humans have gazed into the heavens and pondered the mysteries of the universe.

Nov 20, 2017

In Northern Nevada’s Great Boiling Spring, strange microscopic creatures thrive in water hot enough to kill you.

Nov 17, 2017

The tiny nation of Denmark has just three stations for monitoring atmospheric radiation. Each week, scientists change out air filters in the detectors and take the used ones to a technical university near Copenhagen.

Nov 14, 2017

Tracing your family roots. It's research that can turn up all kinds of surprises, and maybe even links to famous ancestors.

Nov 8, 2017

Marshawn enjoys the internet and goes skydiving with UNLV physics professor Michael Pravica on this week’s #NoScript.

Oct 30, 2017

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”