Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0500Alaskan river otters can gain valuable information about one another by sniffing around their latrines. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:45:00 -0500Birds of prey work where other traditional methods of bird abatement—like scarecrows, pyrotechnics and netting—fail. Emily Schwing reports.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0500Slightly altering one’s appearance—even with glasses—can indeed hinder facial recognition by others. Erika Beras reports.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:10:00 -0500Subjects suffering insomnia got more wrong answers in a face-matching task—but they were paradoxically more confident of their responses. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:15:00 -0500Theory has it yawning helps cool the brain—and it turns out animals with bigger brains do indeed tend to yawn longer. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:03:00 -0500With a shorter season of sea ice, polar bears have less access to marine mammals. But switching to a terrestrial diet deprives them of the fatty seal meals they need to thrive.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 22:49:00 -0500The parachute flower smells like alarm pheromones of a honeybee, to attract tiny flies that feed on bees under attack.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:56:00 -0500A technique called “biosparging” relies on pumping oxygen underground to help naturally occurring microorganisms multiply and consume oil spills.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:38:00 -0500When rain fills the massive footprints left by elephants, communities of aquatic invertebrates quickly move in
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 19:32:00 -0500Future wet suits with surface textures like the thick fur of otters that trap insulating air layers could keep tomorrow's divers warmer in icy waters.
Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:18:00 -0500Female applicants to postdoctoral positions in geosciences were nearly half as likely to receive excellent letters of recommendation, compared with their male counterparts. Christopher Intagliata reports
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:50:00 -0500Jean-Pierre Sauvage, James Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa share the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.
Tue, 4 Oct 2016 07:40:00 -0500David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 06:51:00 -0500Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi wins the 2016 prize for discoveries related to autophagy, the process in cells whereby they degrade some of their internal structures and send the parts out for recycling.
Sun, 2 Oct 2016 15:22:00 -0500Reseachers have started to examine the genetic traces of the movement of some six million African-Americans from the south to the north and west between 1910 and 1970.