Analyses of primate visual pigments show that our color vision evolved in an unusual way and that the brain is more adaptable than generally thought
Or does Earth occupy a very unusual place in the universe?
An international network for monitoring the flow of viruses from animals to humans might help scientists head off global epidemics
The mysterious ailment called colony collapse disorder has wiped out large numbers of the bees that pollinate a third of our crops. The causes turn out to be surprisingly complex, but solutions are emerging
Semiconductors can generate laser light in all colors except one. But new techniques for growing laser diodes could soon make brilliant full-spectrum displays a reality
A growing number of experts insist that the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder is itself disordered and that soldiers are suffering as a result
Worms ’N Us
Meet the charming, slinky creatures that turn your innards into their home sweet home.
Alien Census: Can We Estimate How Much Life Is Out There in Space?
A recent study proposes a computer model to tabulate the extent of extraterrestrial intelligence.
60-Second Psych Podcast
Near Misses Motivate Gamblers
Great news for the house: parts of gamblers’ brains that get excited by winning light up at near wins, too.
Ask the Experts
Can a Person Be Scared to Death?
Medical science and the criminal courts agree the answer is yes—as in the case of a fugitive who induced a fatal heart attack in a 79-year-old woman.
60-Second Extinction Countdown Blog
After 1,000 Years, the Milu Returns to the Wild
Few species have come as close to extinction and survived as the Chinese milu has.
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Conventional washing machines cause excessive damage and wrinkling to clothes primarily during the water removal step. With the introduc
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The Dow Chemical Company is the leading producer of polyalkylene glycols (PAGs) used in synthetic fluids and lubricants where petroleum,
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