Staring into a flickering light could help treat Alzheimer's disease. Using a mouse model, researchers from MIT have demonstrated that flashing light at a specific frequency can alter patterns of brain activity in a way that reduces levels of amyloid-beta plaque in the brain.
Sometimes, it takes a goggle-wearing parrot to show us where we went wrong. A study from researchers at Stanford University suggests that our previous models of lift, as they pertain to animals, are all incomplete, based on observations of an intrepid parrotlet in their laboratory.
Chimpanzees may look at each other's butts the same way we look at faces. A pair of researchers from Leiden University in the Netherlands and Kyoto University in Japan studied how chimps process images of other chimps' rear ends, and found that they perceive them in the same way that we do faces.
During the 5th Annual Breakthrough Prize ceremony, an affair with all the trappings of the Oscars, a handful of scientists in the fields of life sciences, physics, and mathematics became millionaires.
After years of speculation, researchers have proven that a pair of mummified knees found in Egypt's Valley of the Queens once belonged to Queen Nefertari, wife of Ramses the Great.
Two recent studies of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in so-called magic mushrooms, contend that the chemical can act as a powerful remedy for cancer patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
Whales are some of largest animals to ever exist on Earth, and they have an incredible evolutionary history.
One of the most difficult problems for writers and historians alike is that it's hard to encapsulate the sheer magnitude of man's impact on the planet.
A new study shows that confining water to very small spaces can keep it solid past even its normal boiling point.
Talk about a powerful handshake. Researchers have measured the crushing grip of coconut crabs, the largest hermit crabs on Earth, for the first time, and the results are imposing.
Nothing puts the concept of "thanks" in perspective like floating in a tin can, high above the world.
In the late 1940s, with World War II finally over, the USS Pine Island was redeployed from the fight in the Pacific on yet another perilous mission: Operation Highjump.
As Thanksgiving approaches we all try to remember to count our blessings, but we should also give thanks to the animal that sacrificed it all for our holiday meal — the noble turkey.
After years of unwarranted hype and dubious experimental claims, the EmDrive, an “impossible” propulsion device that claims to produce thrust while violating Newton’s Laws of Motion, has received its first published, peer-reviewed paper.
The next time you have a bad hair day, at least you can fix it. Be glad you don't suffer from "uncombable hair syndrome." The condition, which is usually present only in childhood, results in a tangled mess of frizzy hair that leaves the afflicted looking like they're being perpetually shocked by static electricity.
Walking into the wilderness is always dangerous. That holds true in national parks, where the bounty of paved roads, groomed campsites and friendly rangers can make nature feel downright civilized.
There’s a long list of scientific discoveries that continue to puzzle researchers around the world, and one of the most mysterious comes in the form of something called Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs.
The same sort of cataclysmic impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago could have provided a refuge for life early in Earth’s history, when space rocks regularly pummeled the planet.
With a new collection of eight experiments, Google is opening up its artificial intelligence research to the masses.
You can have it dark, light, sweet, bitter, steamed with milk or served with ice. But the perfect cup of coffee remains elusive — perfection is, of course, subjective.