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First, Second, Third, Removed, Kissing — It's Complicated! A Cousins Tutorial
London Scientists Described 552 New Species in 2021. Here Are 4 Favorites
Brainless, Footless Slime Molds Are Weirdly Intelligent and Mobile
What Is the Oldest Tree in the World?
Snake Plant: A Great Plant for People Who Aren't Great With Plants
How Mangrove Forests Are Great for the Planet
What's the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?
Poop Sleuths: Why Researchers Are Tracking Coronavirus in Wastewater
How Bad Is Black Mold, Really?
Ivory Poaching Led Only Female Elephants to Evolve Tuskless
The Proof Is in the Footprints: Humans Came to Americas Earlier Than Thought
Batesian Mimicry: How Copycats Protect Themselves
How Human Height Has Changed Over Time
What Is the Atacama Skeleton, and Why Is It So Controversial?
Scientists Have Finally Filled the 8 Percent Gap in the Human Genome
Can Bionic Reading Make You Read Faster?
Why Do Certain Experiences Give Us Goosebumps?
Jamais Vu Is Not Déjà Vu. It's Quite the Opposite
Cousins are indeed complicated. Who's your first cousin once removed? And what are kissing cousins? We'll tell you in our cousins tutorial.
The Atacama skeleton has sparked intense controversy and, based on its appearance, speculation of alien origin since its discovery in 2003. But what is the real story behind this little skeleton?
By Mark Mancini
Snake plants are attractive and virtually ironclad houseplants, almost impossible to kill, though some of the hype about them acting as air purifying filters has been overblown.
The 2003 announcement that scientists had completed the first human genome came with an 8 percent gap. Now that gap has been filled and the first end-to-end human genome has been published.
Do the sewers hold the answers to the next COVID-19 surge? And what else can testing samples of untreated wastewater tell us about the health of our communities?
It's more than just a cool trick. Monitoring that invisible animal DNA could have huge benefits for animal conservation.
By Alia Hoyt
Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London described 552 species in 2021, including a couple of dinosaurs.
One in three people consistently struggle through the autumn and winter months with a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Here are some tips for dealing with it.
Scientists have determined that years of ivory poaching to fund Mozambique's civil war altered the genetics of the country's elephants. But it only affected the females. A new study tells why.
Research shows no two brains are put together quite the same way. And we can find out the patterns in under two minutes.
Footprints unearthed at White Sands National Park in New Mexico were made some 23,000 years ago. That's much earlier than scientists have previously placed humans in the Americas.
CRISPR is the genius behind innovations that seemed impossible a decade ago. Could you grow tomatoes with the kick of hot sauce or ferment wine that doesn't cause a hangover? That's just two of the things scientists are looking into.
Does it bug you when people around you fidget? If it does, you have something called misokinesia and you are not alone because one-third of those studied felt the same way.
Even if you've never seen a saguaro in person, when you think "cactus," you're probably thinking "saguaro."
Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz determined that only about 1.5 to 7 percent of the modern human genome is unique to humans. The rest we share with our relatives the Neanderthals and the Denisovans.