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Mars Surface Glass Could Hold Ancient Fossils

Scientists have found ancient "impact glass" on the surface of Mars, which formed when asteroids struck, a billion or more years ago. If anything was alive at the time, biological materials could be trapped inside...

June 12, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

The Science of Online Dating

Looking to get ahead in the online dating world? Science has evidence for some surprising tips. —Eliene Augenbraun, Christopher Intagliata

June 11, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Christopher Intagliata

"Brainprints" Could Be Future Security ID

We all emit slightly different brain waves in response to stimuli, and researchers say that an individual’s specific "brainprints" could be used to validate our identities...

June 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Chimps Would "Cook" Food If They Could

A new study suggests that chimps have the cognitive skills necessary for cooking—such as patience—even if they don't control fire. Christopher Intagliata reports

June 2, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Pop Music Gets Its Fossil Record Analyzed

An investigation of more than 17,000 hit tunes suggests popular music undergoes periods of shifting diversity, and that new styles evolve in bursts. Christopher Intagliata reports

May 5, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Infants Already Glued to Multiple Screens

A new survey suggests that most kids by age two are using tablets and smartphones, sometimes while watching TV. Christopher Intagliata reports

April 29, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Taste Salty with Less Salt

Making salamis and cheeses with more pores might make them taste just as salty but with less added sodium finding its way into the body. Christopher Intagliata reports


April 20, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Granular Materials Could Thwart Missiles

The harder a projectile hits a granular substance like sand, the more that material acts like a solid, effectively repelling the intruder. Christopher Intagliata reports

April 16, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

B.O. Gives Up Its Stinky Secrets

Staphylococcus hominis is a key perpetrator of body odor—and researchers say selectively interfering with it could make for more effective deodorants. Christopher Intagliata reports...

April 3, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Malaria Parasite Attracts Mosquitoes with Perfume

The Plasmodium parasite uses an altered type of plant chloroplast to manufacture pine-and-lemon-scented chemicals, which lure in the bloodsuckers. Christopher Intagliata reports...

March 24, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

See Movement Better by Bicarb

Bicarbonate, the chemical that transports CO 2 through the blood, increases the "refresh rate" of rod cells in lab tests--which could mean better motion detection. Christopher Intagliata reports...

March 23, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Titan Could Host Life "Not As We Know It"

Saturn's moon Titan is too cold for cell membranes to form as they do on Earth. But researchers have come up with a cell membrane that could exist on Titan. Christopher Intagliata reports...

March 3, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata

Nectar Helps Bees’ Medicine Go Down

In addition to fuel, nectar from various plant species contains chemical compounds that reduce the numbers of a common gut parasite in bumblebees. Christopher Intagliata reports

February 20, 2015 — Christopher Intagliata
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