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The Sixth Sense You Didn't Know You Had

Ever fancied having a superpower? Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world?

Falling Into a Black Hole Might Turn You Into a Hologram

Many scientists believe that anything sent into a black hole would probably be destroyed. But a new study suggests that this might not be the case after all.

Grown Adults, Stop Drinking Breast Milk. Seriously.

“Breast is best”. So goes the message from the international and clinical guidance on what milk mothers should feed their babies.

Early Humans Became More Feminine, Which Allowed for the Birth of Culture

I have always wondered why our species Homo sapiens, that evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, seemed to do nothing special for the first 150,000 years.

5 Amazing Extinct Creatures That Aren't Dinosaurs

The release of Jurassic World has reignited our love for paleontology. Many of us share a longing to understand the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth long before we arrived.

Kennewick Man's Genome Reignites Decades-Old Cultural Dispute

Depending on who you talk to, Kennewick Man is either among the most important archaeological finds in North American history, or the desecrated body of a distant forebear known as “The Ancient One.” Kennewick Man’s remains have fueled a nearly two-decade-long showdown between science and cultural rights, and now those tensions are at the forefront once again.

How to Train Your Velociraptor, 'Jurassic World' Style

No Jurassic Park franchise film would be complete without an appearance by T. rex, but in both the original films and the new Jurassic World, the real terror over the course of the film is carried on much smaller forelimbs: the bloodthirsty, agile, intelligent velociraptors.

A Better Way to Forecast Dangerous Solar Storms

Solar storms start their lives as violent explosions from the sun’s surface. They’re made up of energetic charged particles wrapped in a complex magnetic cloud.

This Laboratory Invents the Flavors in Nearly Everything You Eat

A national chain restaurant once approached McCormick & Company because it wasn’t getting the kind of fajitas sell-through it expected.

Why Hospitals Aren't Always the Best Place to Give Birth

There is a good chance that your grandparents were born at home. I am going to go ahead and assume they turned out fine, or at least fine enough, since you were eventually born too and are now reading this.

The Enduring Appeal of a Meal in a Pill

On February 20, 1962, the spacecraft Friendship 7, carrying astronaut John Glenn, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Researchers' Quest for an Artificial Heart

The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. In the USA alone, around 610,000 people die of heart disease each year.

5 Chemistry Breakthroughs That Shaped Our Modern World

Did you know that the discovery of a way to make ammonia was the single most important reason for the world’s population explosion from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7 billion today?

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.


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