Understanding rise, fall and re-emergence of plague strains

One branch of a deadly pathogen’s family tree may have ended centuries ago, but from its ancient traces researchers can read a lineage with links to the modern world.

The rise and fall of galactic cities

In the fable of the town and country mice, the country mouse visits his city-dwelling cousin to discover a world of opulence. In the early cosmos, billions of years ago, galaxies resided in the equivalent of urban or country environments.

Are New England fall colors set to disappear?

New England is gradually losing its famous fall colors, says the National Science Foundation.

MySpace hemorrhages users after entertainment relaunch

MySpace lost an extraordinary ten million users in the space of just a month, according to figures from ComScore.

Spam levels fall: the calm before the storm?

In a war movie, it's when the enemy goes quiet that you really need to worry. And the same might apply to the news that spam levels seem to have dropped precipitously over the last couple of weeks.

Lack of new launches means games sales fall sharply

Video game sales plummeted by more than a quarter in April, one of the industry's worst declines ever.