A new study suggests that private prisons hold prisoners for a longer period of time, wasting the cost savings that private prisons are supposed to provide over public ones.
Dunbar's number is a popular estimate for the maximum size of social groups. But new research suggests that it's a fictitious number based on flimsy data and bad theory.
New research suggests that there is no "typical" form of Alzheimer's disease, as the condition can manifest in at least four different ways.
American universities used to be small centers of rote learning, but three big ideas turned them into intellectual powerhouses.
Oxygen is thought to be a biomarker for extraterrestrial life, but there are at least three different ways that a lifeless planet can produce it.
A study on charity finds that reminding people how nice it feels to give yields better results than appealing to altruism.
A new study provides a possible scientific explanation for the existence of stories about ancient saints performing miracles with water.
Not only does this give us a look at the scaffolding of the universe, we found some new galaxies too!
Growing marijuana in large, climate controlled warehouses is good for production but has a massive carbon footprint.
A study of 1.6 million people ties high incomes with more positive emotions and fewer negative ones, but only towards the self.
This storm rained electrons, shifted energy from the sun's rays to the magnetosphere, and went unnoticed for a long time.
While not the first such minister, the loneliness epidemic in Japan will make this one the hardest working.
One million year old mammoth DNA more than doubles the previous record and suggests that even older genomes could be found.
Planets can emit radio waves. For the first time, we've picked them up from outside the solar system.
Agriculture is responsible for a quarter of greenhouse emissions, but who pays for these environmental costs?
MRI scans show that hunger and loneliness cause cravings in the same area, which suggests socialization is a need.
A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes.
One of the world's most isolated island groups has just been made one of the world's largest ocean reserves.
Poland has become an increasingly unwelcoming place for the LGBTQ community. Fifty diplomats hope to change that.
What do we want to do with convicted criminals? Penology has several philosophies waiting to answer that question.