"What it reveals is even more amazing than the myths and fantasies it has generated. For example, the manuscript was compiled by Dominican nuns as a source of reference for Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon, who happens to have been great aunt to Ca
We've all seen the stark headlines: "Being Rich and Successful Is in Your DNA" (Guardian, July 12); "A New Genetic Test Could Help Determine Children's Success" (Newsweek, July 10); "Our Fortunetelling Genes" make us (Wall Street Jour
I live in explicit defiance of the rules of good sleep hygiene. Rule one: Don't expose yourself to the blue light that's emitted from phones and computers before bed. (When else am I going to catch up on the day's hot takes?) Rule two: Sleep i
If we speak of an average of the last 23 cycles in the months of the minimum, our only significant energy source at the center of the solar system was below average active last month as well. The sunspot number (SSN) was 9.1, which was thus only 4
The creation of an antigravity fly wheel...
Being out in the wild during winter affords me, a human, with rich visual signs present in the landscape. Yuni's cues are predominantly olfactory, though at times he also responds visually to the prints left on the ground. Sometimes, we stand paw-p
So the military brought in naval ensign Bud Winter to develop and test a scientifically designed method of "teaching" sleep. Winter was previously a successful college football coach who had collaborated with a psychology professor to form techniqu
Her husband worked as a roofer and earned $12 an hour. His seasonal income fluctuations left Susan hovering near the Medicaid eligibility cap, which came out to around $20,600 annually at the time, in 2007. She already had briefly lost coverage durin
A mathematician has developed a chemical-free way to precisely target a parasitic worm that destroys wheat crops.
The stunning emergence of a new type of superconductivity with the mere twist of a carbon sheet has left physicists giddy, and its discoverer nearly overwhelmed.
Meeting Pablo Escobar's brother turned out to be one of the more disappointing moments of my life. In Medellin, Colombia, you can go to the Escobar house. In fact, there's a whole tourism industry that's sprouted up around Escobar and the old c
Some may not be impressed by the slight blurriness of the image. But there's so much more to it than what immediately meets the eye. Two astrophysicists ?" Sheperd Doeleman, the project leader of the Event Horizon Telescope, and Katie Mack of Nor
Yet a few years later, a British bartender named Janice blew them away by memorizing the names and drinks of 3,000 customers. Although that kind of memory sounds like an innate talent, it turns out to be a learnable skill. Take it from Joshua Foer
This story is from Extraordinary Senses: The attack that made me a maths genius, an episode of Outlook presented and produced by Saskia Edwards. To listen to more episodes of Outlook from the BBC World Service, please click here. "I don't know w
But this exotic substance wasn't synthesized until 2015, using chemical vapor deposition. This is a process in which a hot gas of boron atoms condenses onto a cool surface of pure silver.
That's not an insult or anything. Actually, it's kind of the opposite. Not to mention, a relief. These were all smart and well-spoken people from all walks of life, from all around the world, all with their own histories, tragedies, mistakes and
When blinkered or behind a screen, the horse could not answer questions. Likewise, he could respond only if the questioner knew the answer. From these observations, Pfungst deduced that Clever Hans was not making any mental calculations. Nor did he u
Physicists who have been roaming the "landscape" of string theory-the space of zillions and zillions of mathematical solutions of the theory, where each solution provides the kinds of equations physicists need to describe reality-have stumble
This story is part of a series from NPR's Science desk called The Other Side of Anger. There's no question we are in angry times. It's in our politics, our schools and homes. Anger can be a destructive emotion, but it can also be a positive forc
To that end, before one starts imagining a world in which the iconic creatures once again roam the planet, one of the scientists behind the project flatly stated that "it would be difficult to resurrect a mammoth as things stand." He pointed to the
I was producing so much saliva that I was almost drooling. I wondered why and what the overall impact of that was. This led me and my team to study whether increased saliva production was a common response to the practice, and we found that it was.
In the holographic view of cosmology, early inflation is driven by interactions of the quantum field, which would slightly change the appearance of the cosmic microwave background. This is particularly true for low multipole moments, and this differe
. But, unlike Yudkin, Lustig is backed by a prevailing wind. We read almost every week of new research into the deleterious effects of sugar on our bodies. In the US, the latest edition of the government's official dietary guidelines includes a cap
The perspective on Earth history from the point of view of The Domain is very strange, to say the least. I wasn't sure if my uncomfortable feeling came from being dis-oriented, or if it came from being re-oriented. Either way, I felt unsteady and co
Derived from calcium copper silicate, it was already known that photons absorbed by 'Egyptian blue' can be emitted in the near-infrared range, however, scientists "measuring the temperature of surfaces coated in the color," demonstrated that
Five years later, like the once-foolish novice in many a spiritual parable, my annoyance has given way to a degree of understanding. I'm no yogi, and my practice is scattered, improvised and private. But I consider my breathing constantly. In doing
' " Everyone was seeing the game they wanted to see. But how were they doing this? They were, perhaps, an example of what Leon Festinger, the father of "cognitive dissonance," meant when he observed "that people cognize and interpret inform
If you wanted to get good at something, anything, you just did it and kept doing it until you basically rewired your mind to accommodate new information and skills. It required no drugs or devices, just determination and effort, since it's the exer
He was referring to so-called photon up-conversion nanomaterials, named for their ability to convert low-energy, invisible photons (including infrared light) into higher-energy, visible bits of light. The key to this function is in the nanomaterials
Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring had concentrations of a by-product of the plasticizer benzyl butyl phthalate in their urine of about 240 nanograms per milliliter on average. Meanwhile, kids living in homes with no vinyl flooring had