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Hacking the Nervous System to Heal the Body

Kevin Tracey, a neurosurgeon based in New York, is a man haunted by personal events – a man with a mission.

The Skyscrapers of the Future Will Be Made of Wood

Vancouver-based architect Michael Green was unequivocal at a conference at which I heard him speak a while ago: “We grow trees in British Columbia that are 35 stories tall, so why do our building codes restrict timber buildings to only five stories?

The Darker Side of the 'Love Hormone'

A decade ago, a revolutionary paper showed that a hormone called oxytocin can actually make us trust other people.

This Robotic Octopus Arm Could Someday Be Your Surgeon

The unparalleled motion and manipulation abilities of soft-bodied animals such as the octopus have intrigued biologists for many years.

Why Astronomers Will Hate the Internet of Things

A minor fracas between astronomers and robo-lawnmowers has been making headlines, which sounds painfully futuristic.

Science and Religion Clash Over Telescope Construction on Sacred Summit

When Paul Coleman summits Mauna Kea, the dormant volcano in Hawai’i that rises 13,796 feet above the Pacific, he is struck by two things.

How Nature Can Preserve a Brain for Hundreds of Years

Brain tissue is very soft and full of water, and through autolysis it usually begins to decompose rapidly after death.

Arsenic in Food Could Threaten Our Health – But It's Not Being Regulated

Researchers have known for some time that the food and drink we all consume contains arsenic. Should we be concerned?

These Hidden Volcanoes Erupt With the Force of Nuclear Weapons

Volcanic eruptions produce some stunning scenes, the eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile being one recent example.

Animal Tracking Could Help Predict Earthquakes

The recent earthquake in Nepal demonstrated yet again how difficult it is to reliably predict natural disasters.

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

Technology enhanced with artificial intelligence is all around us. You might have a robot vacuum cleaner ready to leap into action to clean up your kitchen floor.

Semen's Chemical Cocktail Can Hijack a Mate's Brain

Let’s wallow in semen a little while longer, shall we? We have already seen that, even in humans, there is more to this substance than meets the eye.

Is Marijuana Really a Gateway Drug?

This article originally appeared on Chris Christie recently said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance.

Why Astronomers Are Riveted By the Search for Nothing

Astronomers have found evidence of a giant void that could be the largest known structure in the universe.

The Mystery of Breast Cancer's Cause

For most of the common cancers, a major cause has been identified: smoking causes 90% of lung cancer worldwide, hepatitis viruses cause most liver cancer, H pylori bacteria causes stomach cancer, human papillomavirus causes almost all cases of cervical cancer, colon cancer is largely explained by physical activity, diet and family history.

Could Small Amounts of Radiation Be Good For You? It's Complicated.

Exposure to high levels of ionizing radiation is extremely bad for human health. Witness the effects of acute radiation sickness suffered by early scientists studying radioactive elements, or by survivors of atomic bomb blasts.

Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them

Vampires walk among us. But these people aren’t the stuff of nightmares – far from it actually. Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself.

We Get Infected By Other People's Emotions – And That's a Good Thing

One day in October 2010, at a school in the Gaibandha district of northwest Bangladesh, a pupil noticed that the label on a packet of crackers she was eating had darkened.

Six Things Facebook (Thinks It) Knows About Your Love Life

Facebook is watching you, collecting data on your every interaction and feeding it to their data scientists, who are hungry for correlations.

Health Care for Sea Turtles Just Got a Shot in the Flipper

Nearly all species of sea turtles are globally endangered, plagued by habitat loss, hunting and illegal trade.