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A 2,000-year-old latrine in China provides the first hard evidence that people carried diseases long distances along the ancient trading route.
A two-meter-tall bloom at The New York Botanical Gardens exudes chemicals that mimic rotting flesh to attract pollinators
Scant cortisol levels in mummified locks change ideas about pre-Hispanic Chile natives
Bones from the animals people ate—or didn’t—offer a glimpse into the daily lives of ordinary Maya outside the ruling class
Culture and experiences shape what sounds pleasing more than biology does, a study says
A genetic analysis of leftovers from an exotic dinner in 1951 reveals that the diners got less than they were promised.
Medical centers are delaying elective surgeries, stockpiling supplies and deferring vacations ahead of the party meetings
What we can learn about the world and ourselves from foreign words that have no equivalent in English
The National Center for Science Education's annual Colorado River trip through the Grand Canyon highlights the differences between the scientific and creationist outlooks.
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Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking horses...
Before war and time destroy more of our important cultural sites, we need to save them in 3-D digital libraries
Space lasers developed in the 1970s are being put to a brand-new use
Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever and MIT’s Rainer Weiss were the founders of the LIGO experiment that detected gravitational waves. They were just awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics and two of them spoke with Scientific American 's Clara Moskowitz about LIGO and the public's reaction...
Soldiers 1,500 years ago used drilled projectiles to intimidate enemies with a shrill, buzzing sound
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