Announcing the 2014 Science Breakthrough of the Year!
Scientists are getting a better handle on how much plastic we put into the oceans and what effects it’s having.
In this Science Update, students learn how some animals took to the skies long before the advent of wings.
Could bighorn sheep inspire better football helmets?
Researchers find that the smell of cut grass serves a purpose.
A new hypothesis ties domestication in mammals to “cute” physical features.
UV light may have a drug-like effect, leading to addiction and even withdrawal symptoms.
Sweat disables copper’s antibacterial properties, with implications for doorknobs and handles everywhere.
Cyclones have been peaking in intensity closer and closer to the poles over the last 30 years.
Fish in acidified waters exhibit strange and often reckless behaviors.
Triclosan, a common antibacterial agent in household products, may actually promote the growth of Staph bacteria in people heavily exposed to it.
People’s unconscious reactions to liars and truth-tellers are more accurate than their conscious judgments.
An experimental therapy to control peanut allergies may induce genetic changes in the immune system.
Humans may have inhabited the Bering Land Bridge for 10,000 years.
Smiling, even with no emotion behind it, may help people tolerate pain.
Humans and cats kept close company in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago.
A tobacco-eating caterpillar creates the equivalent of smoker’s breath to scare off predators.
In Florida, invasive, disease-carrying tiger mosquitoes are breeding in the shells of an invasive snail.
Using mobile phones for medical purposes, a new frontier when we reported on it in 2008, has become a huge field.
Sinking old warships creates new habitats for marine species.