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Math-anxious brains tackle simple problems differently
March 27th, 2017, 10:14 PM
An fMRI study found more variable brain activity in people who get nervous about math problems.
Palace remains in Mexico point to ancient rise of centralized power
March 27th, 2017, 10:14 PM
An ancient royal structure gets new life in southern Mexico.
Millions of atoms entangled in record-breaking quantum tests
March 27th, 2017, 10:14 PM
Scientists make advance in the quest to take quantum effects to larger scales.
Most Americans like science — and are willing to pay for it
March 24th, 2017, 10:14 PM
Americans drastically overestimate how much the government spends on science. But when correctly informed, they want the government to spend more.
Ancient Romans may have been cozier with Huns than they let on
March 24th, 2017, 10:14 PM
Nomadic Huns and Roman farmers shared ways of life on the Roman Empire’s fifth century frontier.
Deadly New Zealand quake hopscotched across faults
March 23rd, 2017, 10:14 PM
The Nov. 14, 2016, earthquake in New Zealand was much larger than thought possible at the time, prompting a rethink of hazard assessments.
Dengue fever spreads in a neighborly way
March 23rd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Individual strains of dengue spread locally, and new infections cluster near the home of the first person affected.
Random mutations play large role in cancer, study finds
March 23rd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Mistakes made while copying DNA account for more mutations in cancer cells than environment or inheritance do.
Arctic sea ice hits record wintertime low
March 23rd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Warm temperatures and heat waves reduced sea ice extent in the Arctic to its smallest maximum extent ever seen.
It’s time to redefine what qualifies as a planet, scientists propose
March 23rd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Astronomers can have their definition of a planet, but some planetary scientists plan to stick to the long-held meaning of the word.
In 1967, LSD was briefly labeled a breaker of chromosomes
March 23rd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Claims that the hallucinogenic drug damaged DNA were quickly rejected. But questions remain about how LSD works.
Female guppies with bigger brains pick more attractive guys
March 22nd, 2017, 10:14 PM
A larger-brained female guppy may pick primo males, but all that mental machinery costs her in other ways.
Anatomy analysis suggests new dinosaur family tree
March 22nd, 2017, 10:14 PM
A new analysis rewrites the dinosaur family tree, splitting up long-recognized groups.
Touches early in life may make a big impact on newborn babies’ brains
March 22nd, 2017, 10:14 PM
The type and amount of touches a newborn baby gets in the first days of life may shape later responses to touch perception, a study suggests.
Lab tests aren’t the answer for every science question
March 22nd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Acting Editor in Chief Elizabeth Quill discusses the value of observational science.
Readers question supernova physics
March 22nd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Star-destroying neutrinos, heart-hugging robots and more in reader feedback.
How Pluto’s haze could explain its red spots
March 22nd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Pluto’s collapsing atmosphere may explain the dwarf planet’s seemingly random ruddy spots.
Colorful pinwheel puts a new spin on mouse pregnancy
March 22nd, 2017, 10:14 PM
Among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards is a rainbow of mouse placentas that shows how a mother’s immune system affects placental development.
Tool use in sea otters doesn't run in the family
March 21st, 2017, 10:14 PM
A genetic study suggests that tool-use behavior isn’t hereditary in sea otters, and that only some animals need to use tools due to the type of food available in their ecosystem.
Large Hadron Collider experiment nabs five new particles
March 21st, 2017, 10:14 PM
LHCb experiment detects new particles composed of two strange quarks and one charm quark.