Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure
A battle over pleasure has broken out. On Twitter and in the pages of scientific journals, psychologists, neurologists and neuroscientists are forging alliances over the question of whether pleasure we get from art is somehow different from the pleasure we get from candy, sex or drugs.
It’s the Latest in Conservation Tech. And It Wants to Suck Your Blood
In the digestive tracts of leeches, scientists find evidence of elusive forest species.
How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars
Computer-vision and machine-learning techniques that help researchers study the universe’s oldest and most distant galaxies can now be used to find animals in video footage.
Meet TESS, Seeker of Alien Worlds
NASA’s new spacecraft, to be launched next month, will give
scientists a much clearer view of the planets orbiting stars near to us.
What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought
For many years, there were two competing theories to explain what makes hairs curl in sheep. Research by scientists in New Zealand and Japan published Thursday in the Journal of Experimental Biology finds that neither theory is exactly correct.
In Search of the Perfect Hair Dye
A study by Northwestern researchers reports that a form of graphene can be used as a less harmful hair color.
Easter Island Is Eroding
For years, the swelling waves had broken open platform after platform containing ancient remains. Inside the tombs were old obsidian spearheads, pieces of cremated bone and, sometimes, parts of the haunting statues that have made this island famous.
Watch the High-Flying Physics of a Plant’s Exploding Fruits
When it’s time for the hairyflower wild petunia to pass its genes to the next generation, it does it with a bang.
When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree
Researchers assembled 5 million family trees using data from the website Geni.com to test several genetic and historical hypotheses.
A 3-D Look Inside the Tasmanian Tiger’s Pouch, Long After Extinction
Researchers scanned young thylacines preserved in jars in museums, gaining an understanding of when in their development the marsupials turned canine-like.