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Colorful brain mapping tool lights up neural connections

A powerful new tool lights up the brains of worms, and may soon help draw maps of other animals brains.

Survey shows Congress is more religious than America

A new survey shows who believes what and how it differs from what Americans believe as a whole.

New type of dual-acting antibiotic shows promise

A new antibiotic hits germs with a two pronged attack.

New DNA evidence rewrites Caribbean history

Two new studies shed light on who first inhabited the islands, who replaced them, and how few people lived there.

Anxiety and depression can affect your learning ability

An excessive focus on past failures can make learning about new situtations more difficult.

Interventions in school years can prevent "deaths of despair"

While most of these deaths are driven by external factors, interventions can still help prevent them.

Sixteen facial expressions appear in every culture

Other cultures can differ greatly from your own, but there are commonalties in the way we express emotions.

Astronomers have detected the first radio emissions from an exoplanet

Planets can emit radio waves. For the first time, we've picked them up from outside the solar system.

Researchers say food prices don’t reflect environmental costs

Agriculture is responsible for a quarter of greenhouse emissions, but who pays for these environmental costs?

13 books everyone should read and why—as voted by you

Add these great titles to your wish list or secure copies for yourself.

Ancient Puebloans used ice caves to survive droughts

Carbon dating allows us to know exactly when ice was melted for drinking water in pre-Columbian America.

Trial of a universal flu vaccine shows promise

The vaccine just passed its first clinical trials, but it has a long way to go.

Doctors in Canada to begin prescribing nature to patients

A new "evidence-based nature prescription program" will see patients spending time in the woods.

Plato’s utopia and why you don’t want to live there

History's first utopia shows how far we've come.

Lonely? Hungry? The same part of the brain worries about both

MRI scans show that hunger and loneliness cause cravings in the same area, which suggests socialization is a need.

How long does turkey take to thaw? There’s a calculator for that

Never made a turkey before? Don't worry, science can help.

Study finds matriarchal societies are good for women's health

A study of the Mosuo women, known for their matriarchy, suggests that gender roles can influence our health outcomes.

Isolated island group is now one of the world's largest animal sanctuaries

One of the world's most isolated island groups has just been made one of the world's largest ocean reserves.

Researchers use CT scans to digitally peek at ancient Egyptian mummies

All the fun of opening up a mummy, without the fear of unleashing a plague.

Soft fabric robot grips objects like an elephant's trunk

The new tool may someday be used in work that needs a light touch.

Some sleep is worse than no sleep for keeping fear in check

Getting plenty of sleep just became even more important.

Study warns of delayed flu outbreaks after pandemic ends

The positive steps we are taking to prevent disease might have a negative side effect.

Why you should cut back on social media and how to do it

Social media seems to stress some people out. Maybe its time for a break?

Should we pay ex-drug users to help them get clean?

What is more important, that a treatment helps keep people healthy or that it meshes with our morals?

What can we laugh at and why? The philosophy of humor

Everyone loves a laugh now and then, except for most of the philosophers you've heard of.

Study finds hard physical labor raises risk for dementia

Work that can break down the body can also break down the mind.

New study shows which states make it easier (or harder) to vote

States set their own voting laws, so where does this make voting easiest?

Liberal and conservative brains react to charged words differently

Partisanship can now be seen in brain scans.

Coffee and green tea may lower death risk for some adults

Tea and coffee have known health benefits, but now we know they can work together.

Why aligning AI to our values may be harder than we think

Can we stop a rogue AI by teaching it ethics? That might be easier said than done.

Cornell University program aims to end world hunger in 10 years

Can we end world hunger by 2030? Thanks to a new program, the data for it is all there.

Mosquitoes' taste for blood is finally explained

Mosquitoes can taste your blood using unique sensory abilities. Can we use that to keep them off us?

Six solar system oddities and why we must learn about them

Want some crazy space phenomena? You don't have to leave the neighborhood for it.

How humans ended up the most altruistic of animals

Humans help each other in ways animals don't dream of, but why?

New model explains Saturn’s hexagon shaped storm

The solar system has some strange stuff in it. Learning how it ended up that way can tell us where we're going.

Got science questions? Skype A Scientist can help

A non-profit dedicated to science communication offers to connect learners with over 11,000 scientists.

Ambassadors from 50 nations sign letter supporting LGBTQ rights in Poland

Poland has become an increasingly unwelcoming place for the LGBTQ community. Fifty diplomats hope to change that.

Three philosophies of punishment and whether or not they work

What do we want to do with convicted criminals? Penology has several philosophies waiting to answer that question.

Income is tied to happiness and hope for the future

Money can't buy happiness, but try being hopeful and broke at the same time.

Want students to cheat less? Science says treat them justly

Students who think the world is just cheat less, but they need to experience justice to feel that way.

Back to back excavations unearth two dozen Egyptian mummies

Well preserved coffins hint towards more discoveries in a famed necropolis.

Glassdoor lists the highest-rated CEOs during COVID

If you want flexibility, transparency, and decent health policies, it seems like working in tech pays off.

Sharks flee in terror when killer whales show up

Sharks fear killer whales. How does this impact the ecosystems they share?

Five weird thought experiments to break your brain

Thought expriments are great tools, but do they always do what we want them to?

Study: Older Americans know more about COVID than connected youth

Why a survey claims Boomers demonstrate more knowledge and safer behavior.

Rock study may have just revealed cause of Triassic mass extinction

Rocks from two hundred million years ago show us how everything died and how nothing is new.

The philosophy of bullsh*t and how to avoid stepping in it

A philosopher's guide to detecting nonsense and getting around it.

Study shows why face shields don’t work as well as face masks

Some people choose alternatives to masks for comfort. A study shows the difference in effectiveness.

Three thinkers on when we should call out harmful speech

What speech is harmful, how do we know, and what do we do if we find out?

Anxiety related internet searches hit new high during pandemic

More people are looking up panic and anxiety attacks in quarantine.

Non-partisan brains differ from those of partisans

Non-partisans are real, and their lack of partisanship has a cognitive element.

Rare fossil depicting battle sheds light on ancient ant

Fossils depicting animals in action are very rare.

Massive 'Darth Vader' isopod found lurking in the Indian Ocean

The father of all giant sea bugs was recently discovered off the coast of Java.

Warming tropical soils may add carbon to the air

Carbon locked in soils can be emitted by bacteria. Turning up the heat on them releases more carbon.

Why your hair dulls the sharpest razor blades

Ever wonder how soft hair can dull a steel razor? So did scientists at MIT.

Viewing abstract art causes notable cognitive changes

Viewing art that doesn't look like anything makes your brain take extra steps to try and get it.

DNA from an unknown ancestor found in modern humans

Our family tree is complicated, and some of the branches are still unlabeled.

NASA detects unexpected lightning storms in Jupiter's upper atmosphere

Some of the most extreme weather in the Solar System just got stranger.

Spiders lace webs in toxins to paralyze prey

Just what every arachnophobe needed to hear.

Economists show how welfare programs can turn a "profit"

What happens if we consider welfare programs as investments?

Mexico City just outlawed gay conversion therapy. These cities have not

Mexico City, already progressive, takes more steps to protect its LGBT+ citizens.

Study: Big homes have big carbon footprints

American homes are big and polluting. Here's how to fix that.

Study finds the real reason you get goosebumps

No, its not just to keep you warm with hair you don't have.

Closest images ever taken of the sun reveal "nanoflares"

The Sun, as its never been seen before.

Cognitive ability tied to better social distancing

Working memory is the workhorse of cognition. Having less of it has side effects.

Supporting climate science increases skepticism of out-groups

A study finds people are more influenced by what the other party says than their own. What gives?

A new approach to Alzheimer’s based on physics and worms

How a study on worms pointed the way towards a treatment for dementia.

Want to feel better? Science says to care for your dog

Admit it, caring for your pet can make you happy too. Science is working on why.

Women who go to church have more kids—and more help

Want help raising your kids? Spend more time at church, says new study.

A new perfume can help you smell like space

Ever want to smell like an astronaut? Now you can!

Scientists create robot skin that stores liquids

The smart skin can "sweat" like human skin and also self-heal.

DNA shows Scythian warrior mummy was a 13-year-old girl

Thanks to modern technology, we can reexamine our assumptions about ancient warriors.

Can sending a postcard to eligible voters increase turnout?

A simple postcard can improve voter registration rates. Who knew?

Want better sex? Science says show more gratitude

It turns out, letting your partner know you appreciate them leads to a stronger relationship. Who'd have thunk?

Study: Smoking weed while pregnant lowers infant birth weight

While many people don't think its all that bad, a new study suggests you should lay off while expecting.

An expert explains what 'Abolish the Police' really means

It turns out big ideas don't always fit in sign-sized slogans.

The benefits of a good apology and how to make one

A good apology can do great things. A bad one can cause trouble. Know the difference.

Regular volunteering maintains the health of older adults

Volunteering can feel great and make good things happen. Now we know it promotes your health too.

10 jokes from philosopher Slavoj Žižek

What better way to understand the world around us than through jokes?

5 products that come from outer space

Can't get to space? Why not bring space to you?

How to dissolve your ego—and why you should

Ever want to move forward but find you're in your own way?

Does rioting work? Here are five times it did.

Expert opinion is divided on how effective riots can be on causing social change. However, these five examples show they can do something.

Dinosaur killing meteor hit Earth at 'worst possible angle'

You think you've had a day where everything that went wrong could? T-Rex has you beat.

Writing found on "blank" Dead Sea Scroll fragments

The texts were previously thought to be blank and were cut up for materials studies.

Remains of first modern humans in Europe found

The discovery may change what we know about early humans in Europe.

Study: We like villains similar to ourselves

Love a good villain? It says a lot about you.

Long spaceflights change astronauts' brain structure, new study suggests

The changes in brain structure aren't the only bodily changes caused by zero gravity.

Atomic bomb tests help scientists finally date sharks

Nuclear weapons, whale sharks, and how to use both to make eco-tourism more sustainable.

Eating fish may have given Neanderthals brainpower

A new finding suggests Neanderthals were far from the big dumb brutes we make them out to be.

This 103-year-old philosopher's to-do list will get you through self-isolation

Need to isolate? No problem! This philosopher is keeping the world posted on his isolation routine by Facebook.

Space Force gets its first weapon: a satellite jammer

And the first sci-fi weapon the Space Force gets is....a device to scramble communications?

Study: City babies behave better than rural babies

A new study finds the temperament of infants can vary based on where they live.

Study: Lifestyles of the wealthy are to blame for climate change

As it turns out, people who can afford to fly all the time use more energy than anybody else.

Marcus Aurelius’ guide to becoming a morning person

Ever had trouble finding reason to get out of bed? Marcus Aurelius has some advice for you.

Secret bunker from WWII found in Scotland

Winston Churchill had a secret army, and bunkers like this would have hidden them during a German invasion.

10 quotes from great minds on why you should vote

Don't feel like going out to vote? These ten thinkers have something to tell you.

A.I. reveals which workers are most likely to quit their jobs

A.I. hasn't come for our jobs just yet, but it can figure out who is looking for a new one.

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