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Who Says Humans Are Unique, Anyway?

09/02/15See Comments

2015 Festival Short: From Planet of the Humans | 5:35 | Featuring Lee Berger A number of human features seem to distinguish humans from primates and other...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Golf Ball Eye

09/02/15See Comments

Like most insects, the greenfly has a pair of compound eyes. Each eye is made up of a cluster of thousands of light-sensing units called...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Champagne Pool

09/01/15See Comments

Champagne Pool is one of several hot springs in Waiotapu, New Zealand. Visible in this picture as a cream-colored, raised surface is a rim of...[Read More]

In this 2007 photo provided by the BBC, Neurologist Oliver Sacks poses at a piano while holding a model of a brain at the Chemistry Auditorium, University College London in London.  Noted neurologist Oliver Sacks has found common ground with the pastor of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church: Both men believe in the healing power of music. Sacks, the best-selling author of "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," was to share the church stage Saturday with the famed gospel choir as part of the inaugural World Science Festival, a five-day celebration of science taking place in New York this week. (AP Photo/BBC, Adam Scourfield) ** NO SALES **

Remembering Acclaimed Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks

08/31/15See Comments

The neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks was a great friend of the World Science Festival, joining our Board of Advisors when the Festival was just...[Read More]


Photo of the Day: Water Creatures

08/31/15See Comments

No, this is not an egg floating in a pool. It’s a jellyfish. Jellyfish are only five percent solid matter. Water makes up the other...[Read More]


Photo of the Day: Defying Gravity

08/30/15See Comments

Since becoming the first African American NASA astronaut on this day in 1979, Guion Bluford, Jr., has spent more than 688 hours in space. This...[Read More]

Aerial view of wetlands and open water in NWR

Photo of the Day: Biological Barricades

08/29/15See Comments

Wetlands are a vital natural buffer against strong waves and storms—they absorb wave energy and leave less open water available for the wind to form...[Read More]


Photo of the Day: Breaking Out

08/28/15See Comments

The characteristic “chocolate brownie” surface texture of pāhoehoe lava (which is Hawaiian for “smooth” or “billowy”) is evident in this photograph of a pahoehoe breakout...[Read More]


How Humans Cheat at the Evolutionary Arms Race

08/27/15See Comments

2015 Festival Short: From Planet of the Humans | 4:13 | Featuring Steven Pinker When it comes to human uniqueness, some argue that one adaptation that sets us apart...[Read More]


The Unique Form of Human Violence

08/27/15See Comments

2015 Festival Short: From Planet of the Humans | 2:52 | Featuring Paul Bingham Some scientists argue that human uniqueness results from our power as...[Read More]