Category: The Sciences

What’s a Narwhal’s Tusk For?

Although the tusk can be a weapon, the variation in tusk size among animals of similar body size points to it being primarily a mating status signal.

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Stone Age String Strengthens Case for Neandertal Smarts

Our extinct cousins had fiber technology. Stop calling them dumb already

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Who’s Brave Enough to Invest in Saving the Planet?

A handful of venture capitalists are taking big financial risks in hopes of even bigger rewards

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Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Studied the Inner Workings of Stars, Dies at 100

Sometimes called “Lady Stardust,” Burbidge helped reveal the cosmic origins of chemical elements

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Antiparticles Would Deliver Mortal Blow to Einstein’s Principle

Originally published in March 1961

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Why We Have So Many Problems with Our Teeth

Our choppers are crowded, crooked and riddled with cavities. It hasn’t always been this way

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Quest to Use CRISPR against Disease Gains Ground

As the first clinical trial results trickle in, researchers look ahead to more sophisticated medical applications for genome editing

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Our Trust in Science Is Complicated

In an era of big research, having confidence in scientists, individually or collectively, involves trade-offs

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STEM Education Needs a Course Correction

Students must be trained to assess the social impacts of innovation

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Bird Fossil Shared Earth with T. rex

Dating back 67 million years, this representative of the group of modern birds has been dubbed the Wonderchicken (which is not an April Fools’ Day joke).

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