Have you ever wondered why modern-day mammals have adaptations for nighttime activity? A new study suggests dinosaurs might be the reason.
Capitalism has hijacked our emotions and rewired us for instant gratification—but we can reclaim our lives by practicing deep hope.
French researchers recently roused a patient out of a vegetative state.
U.S. scientists have successfully repaired DNA in a human embryo for the first time.
Can you have hope in the face of death? For believers this is somewhat easier, but non-theists require a different set of philosophical tools.
The World Science Festival just wrapped earlier this month. Here's 4 top World Science Festival sessions that ORBITER recommends.
A cataclysmic event in our past may have led to this situation.
Ever heard a story that made you sick to your stomach? There is neurological wizardry at work that makes our sense of morality so visceral—and flawed.
A chorus of new science is showing that evolution has orchestrated life to leave no room for solos. A grander view of life is revealing higher-level, need-centric relational logic patterns (as in David Haskell’s The Songs of Trees).
The state of nature isn't a "war of all against all." Even no-brainer bacteria "know" that sometimes the game is "Survival of the Friendliest"
A Swiss scientist identifies the top predator in the world in a new study.
Jonathon Keats proposes a "Reciprocal Biomimicry Initiative" to help return the favor after taking so many great ideas from them.
Descartes’ solitary, inward-facing mindset misconstrues the social nature of our thinking. Social Cartesianism better captures the soul of what matters in distinguishing humans from animals or machines.
Cheetahs and giraffes have been placed on the conservation "red list" due to collapsing populations.
Trees are far from dumb; they talk and share, because they need each other to live better lives.
Natural disasters claim many more victims than terrorism, so why is funding in Europe and North America so out of balance? This negligence makes Neil deGrasse Tyson "embarrassed for our species".
Our picture of life is going through a major shift. Ed Yong's book I Contain Multitudes reveals that a genome generally doesn’t contain all the genes an organism needs. Symbiosis isn’t rare, it's the rule. And we're just the icing on life's vast microbial cake.
The man who lives a functional life with most of his brain filled with water challenges what we know about the brain.
Editor’s Note: This article was provided by our partner, RealClearScience. The original is here. You might recall from high school biology a scientist by the name of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. He proposed a […]