Saturday, December 14, 2019

Super rats or sickly rodents? Our war against urban rats could be leading to...

It took only a few seconds to spot one. Then another. As I walked into the small park around noon, dozens of rats could...

What makes wine dry? It’s easy to taste, but much harder to measure

A lot of of chemistry and physics are behind how you perceive a sip of wine. GANNA MARTYSHEVA/Shutterstock.comWhen you take a sip of wine...

Nicolas Bourbaki: The greatest mathematician who never was

Bourbaki Congress of 1938. WikimediaBy many measures, Nicolas Bourbaki ranks among the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. Largely unknown today, Bourbaki is likely...

Why are moths attracted to light?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to...

Inequity takes a toll on your gut microbes, too

People worry about having access to clean water, power, health care and healthy foods because they are essential for survival. But do they ever...

‘Blue’ space: Access to water features can boost city dwellers’ mental health

Officials are increasingly recognizing that integrating nature into cities is an effective public health strategy to improve mental health. Doctors around the world now...

Robotics researchers have a duty to prevent autonomous weapons

Robotics is rapidly being transformed by advances in artificial intelligence. And the benefits are widespread: We are seeing safer vehicles with the ability to...

A quantum computing future is unlikely, due to random hardware errors

Artist’s rendition of the Google processor. Forest Stearns, Google AI Quantum Artist in Residence, CC BY-ND Google announced this fall to much fanfare that it...

Why it seems like your friends have more to be thankful for

Math provides clues as to why your happy friends are as happy as they seem. MilanMarkovic78/Shutterstock.comHave you ever felt like everyone else has so...

Your big brain makes you human – count your neurons when you count your...

Here’s something new to consider being thankful for at the dinner table: the long evolutionary journey that gave you your big brain and your...

Contrary to recent reports, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is not in danger of disappearing

In the last 10 years, but in the last five months in particular, the press has reported dire warnings that the Great Red Spot...

Thank fungi for cheese, wine and beer this holiday season

It’s hard to imagine a holiday table without bread, meat, vegetables, wine, beer or a board of French cheeses for those with more adventurous...

Gluten-sensitive liberals? Investigating the stereotype suggests food fads unite us all

Sitting down for a family feast, do you need to gird yourself for battle in the ongoing sociopolitical culture war? In today’s hyperpartisan United...

Brain activity predicts which mice will become compulsive drinkers

Some individuals consume alcohol their entire adult life without developing an alcohol use disorder. Others, however, quickly transition to compulsive and problematic drinking. Can...

Light versus dark – the color of the meat is due to the job...

As families gather together this holiday season, the lucky ones will avoid impassioned discussions about religion and politics. But another argument is almost inevitable:...

Light versus dark – the color of the turkey meat is due to the...

As families gather together this holiday season, the lucky ones will avoid impassioned discussions about religion and politics. But another argument is almost inevitable:...

What are blood types?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to...

Turning to turkey’s tryptophan to boost mood? Not so fast

Every Thanksgiving, myths of the quasi-magical powers of tryptophan rise again. There’s the turkey/drowsiness myth: Eating lots of juicy turkey meat supposedly makes people feel...

Why the CDC warns antibiotic-resistant fungal infections are an urgent health threat

In 2013 I took care of a gentleman who underwent surgery for what all his physicians, including me, thought was liver cancer. Surgery revealed...

Did bees live in the time of dinosaurs?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to...

Tons of acorns? It must be a mast year

If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you’ve noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years...

Dwindling tropical rainforests mean lost medicines yet to be discovered in their plants

Growing up in Tanzania, I knew that fruit trees were useful. Climbing a mango tree to pick a fruit was a common thing to...

Curious Kids: Why do people look into space with telescopes but not binoculars?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to...

Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the...

Ancient Mesopotamia, the fabled land between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, was the command and control center of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. This ancient...

TRENDING NOW