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The Psychological Benefits of Thanksgiving Rituals

When Americans gather together around a table groaning with favorite dishes on the fourth Thursday of November, what are we doing beyond filling our bellies with turkey and pie?

5 Extreme Examples of Evolutionary Prowess

Hidden among us are survivors – living, breathing beings that have pulled off some pretty remarkable feats in order to live another day.

Taming the New Frontiers in Gene Editing

The world’s most powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, gives humans the ability to swap out sections of the genome with less money and time than ever before.

The Brain Has a Blind Spot for 'Unknown Unknowns'

A conspiracy theory is an invitation to an exciting alternative reality where nothing is quite as it seems.

Animal Hair Could Inspire Self-Cleaning Technologies

Watch a fly land on the kitchen table, and the first thing it does is clean itself, very, very carefully.

Human-Like Neural Networks Make Computers Better Conversationalists

If you’ve ever tried to hold a conversation with a chatbot like CleverBot, you know how quickly the conversation turns to nonsense, no matter how hard you try to keep it together.

What Do Auroras Look Like on Other Planets?

Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The natural beauty of the northern or southern lights captures the public imagination unlike any other aspect of space weather.

The Man Who Tried to Weigh the Soul

In 1907, a Massachusetts doctor named Duncan MacDougall performed an unusual series of experiments. Intrigued by the idea that the human soul had mass, and could therefore be weighed, Dr.

Meet the Parasites That Control Human Brains

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to enjoy some monster stories, and the scariest monsters of all are those that actually exist.

The Scientific Method is a Myth

It’s probably best to get the bad news out of the way first. The so-called scientific method is a myth.

Getting 'High' On Your Own Supply

Earlier this month, researchers discovered that at least part of the euphoria that comes after a strenuous workout — runner's high — is due to endocannabinoids, the body’s self-produced counterparts to some of marijuana’s mood-enhancing chemicals.

Dad's Experiences Affected You, Even Before You Were Born

It might not just be expectant mothers who have to pay attention to their lifestyle. Now a new study published in Science could be relevant to a growing body of research looking at ways in which the lifestyle and environment of men before they become fathers could influence the lives of their children and grandchildren.

I Sent a Sample of My Poop to uBiome

My sample kit from uBiome stared at me from the kitchen table. Inside its sleek black cover, latched with Velcro, a single high-tech Q-tip awaited.

Fossils Reveal Extinct Mammals' True Colors

The animal kingdom is full of color. Animals use it for camouflage, to advertise themselves and even as various forms of protection.

Is the Five-Second Rule About Dropped Food True?

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds?

A Roving 'Batmobile' Is Helping Map Alaska's Bats

One evening last month, library technician Chris Weiss could be seen prowling the streets of Petersburg, Alaska, in her batmobile.

Is Our Universe One of Many? Here's How We Can Find Out

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics.

Six Amazing Sights That Look Even Better From Space

Imagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest.

Climate Change and Hurricane Katrina: What Have We Learned?

Three weeks and three days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 10 years ago, a paper of mine appeared in the scientific journal Nature showing that North Atlantic hurricane power was strongly correlated with the temperature of the tropical Atlantic during hurricane season, and that both had been increasing rapidly over the previous 30 years or so.

What's the Color of Your Favorite Song?

Imagine yourself as a graphic designer for New Age musician Enya, tasked with creating her next album cover.