All life on Earth, for instance, relies on DNA and RNA for replication, the issuing of instructions at the molecular level, and heredity. Does that mean that our Earthly DNA is universal throughout the cosmos?
We are currently in the midst of what scientists consider the sixth mass extinction in planetary history, with between 150 and 200 species going extinct daily, a pace 1,000 times greater than the "natural" or "background" extinction rate.
Successfully working with animals--any kind of animal--is all about forming relationships based on trust. It's about communicating clearly and building skills incrementally, setting rules and boundaries, and rewarding good behavior.
If a half-dozen volunteers can keep a page with more than 4 million users from being a microphone for the antiscientific, is it too much to ask for newspapers to police their own editorial pages as proficiently?
The history of psychiatry is a history of fad diagnoses that come out of nowhere to capture much more attention than they deserve. Current fads are distinguished only by the billions of dollars spent by powerful commercial forces to create and push them.
Why aren't scientists doing a better job at talking about their lack of understanding about this problem? And why isn't the media doing a better job covering it?
It's Game Six of the 2013 World Series. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha steps up to the mound and winds up. Convergent Science, a company based in Middleton, Wisc., examined the physics behind the pitcher's knee-buckling curveball.
Extraterrestrial life may be showing up in some obvious places. No, this is not about hairless aliens that have come to Earth in saucer-shaped craft, but less sophisticated life just next door.
Our team of researchers retrofitted a New Hampshire inn to re-create a living environment from 20 years before (replicating the music, magazines, clothing, and other aspects of that time), so that participants could step back into the mindset of their younger selves.
Before science was established as an authority, people still had a hard time accepting evidence that was counter to what they already knew (believed) to be true, even if the proof was right before their eyes.
Because talking about sex is so often frowned upon, especially at Thanksgiving dinner, with your wife's mother, myths, mysteries, half truths and lies continue to infect popular discourse. Here now, we investigate 5 sex urban legends and reveal the facts.
What if you could spend your summers swimming with dolphins in turquoise seas? Behavioral biologist Denise Herzing does just that. In this beautiful video, meet some of the dolphins she's befriended along the way.
An analysis of astronauts' reports reveals that for many, the awesomeness of spaceflight increased their belief in God. New research may explain why.
If we abandon the old paradigm that we are intrinsically different and superior to all other life forms, it's possible to look at animals with greater respect and, like Denise Herzing, start working towards decoding their language.
To the rest of the world, the priorities of U.S. authorities in shutting down a company based solidly on science and largely academic discoveries are hard to fathom.