Check Out This Surprisingly Good Predictor of Impending Death

10/02/14See Comments

When the Grim Reaper approaches, you won’t be able to smell him coming. In older adults, losing one’s sense of smell turns out to correlate...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Andreas Wagner’s ‘Arrival of the Fittest’

09/30/14See Comments

University of Zurich evolutionary biologist Andreas Wagner is the first to give Darwin his due, but in his new book, Arrival of the Fittest: Solving...[Read More]

Southern right whales, like most cetaceans, are expected to face myriad threats to their existence as the climate changes. Warming waters may force the whales to change long-standing migration routes and find new breeding and hunting grounds. (Image Credit: Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas - Contact Press Images)

A Photographer’s Quest For Unspoiled Nature

09/29/14See Comments

Photographer Sebastiao Salgado says he set out to capture nature in its original state for his black and white series Genesis, which highlights breathtaking scenes...[Read More]

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The Other Arctic Crisis: Greenland’s Meltdown

09/26/14See Comments

You’re probably already familiar with the decline in Arctic sea ice, but there’s another climate change meltdown happening on land. Greenland’s vast ice sheet is...[Read More]


The Peacock’s Tail Isn’t Such A Drag After All

09/26/14See Comments

In science, the peacock has long been the standard-bearer of the idiotic things we do for love. The impractically huge fan-like train of the peacock...[Read More]


This Week In Science: India Reaches Mars, Animal Cannibalism, and the Secrets of Well-Endowed Narwhals

09/25/14See Comments

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of this week’s most notable and quotable items: India’s Mangalyaan orbiter successfully settled into orbit...[Read More]

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Smart Reads: Bradley Voytek’s ‘Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?’

09/25/14See Comments

When neuroscientists Bradley Voytek and Timothy Verstynen got together for regular beer and horror film sessions, they naturally started wondering what was going wrong in...[Read More]


Space Cubity: A 3D Printer Arrives At The International Space Station

09/24/14See Comments

More than two tons of new supplies arrived at the International Space Station this week via SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, including 20 mice, an instrument to...[Read More]


Heartbreaking Aerial Photos of Kashmir, Before and After Devastating Floods

09/23/14See Comments

Earlier in September, heavy rains caused devastating floods in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, nestled in the extreme north of the country among...[Read More]


Autumn Equinox: When The Sun Falls Into Place On The Equator

09/23/14See Comments

Ah, autumn: falling leaves, warm mugs of tea, and astronomy! Though the autumn equinox is primarily associated in our minds with the advent of fall,...[Read More]