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Fireweed: The Pink Pioneer

Like a phoenix from the ashes, fireweed is the first thing to sprout, helping reestablish areas decimated by fire and deforestation.

Giant Hogweed's Sap Can Give You Sunburn

The towering, invasive giant hogweed has been discovered in Virginia, and residents are understandably concerned.

Are Men or Women Better Navigators?

Researchers at the University of California finally have a scientific answer to this ages-old battle.

Epically Tough Baobab Trees Dying Off in Africa

Nine of the 13 oldest baobab trees researchers examined over the past 12 years have died. What's killing off these majestic trees?

Europe's Oldest Tree Is Still Growing

Germinated in medieval times, the pine named Italus now holds the record as Europe's oldest tree.

Do Rainy Days Really Get You Down?

Dark, cloudy skies and the drumbeat of raindrops on our windows tend to make people feel sad and forlorn, or at least that's what we have come to assume.

Panspermia: Did Alien Seeds Cause Life to Explode on Earth?

A group of scientists are suggesting that panspermia may be responsible for the Cambrian Explosion millions of years ago – the time when most major animal groups appear in the fossil record.

No More Sweet Tooth? Science Turns Off Sugar Cravings in Mice

Could manipulating the human brain's desire for sweet foods lead to new weight control methods and better treatments for eating disorders?

NASA Twins Study Being Replicated on Everest

A NASA study of astronaut Scott Kelly showed that spending time in space altered the expression of some of his genes. But does being on a mountain cause similar effects?

Mysterious New DNA Structure Found in Living Human Cells

In addition to the double-stranded spiral, a four-stranded tangle, known as an i-motif, has been shown to exist throughout our genetic material.

10 Child Prodigies

Some kids have a lot of talent in music, art or math. Then there are those who are gifted beyond belief.

The Benefits of Talking About Yourself in the Third Person

What do Donald Trump, Bob Dole and LeBron James have in common? A tendency to talk about themselves in the third person. But is it just egotism or is there a hidden benefit to saying your name rather than "I"?

Medieval Coffin Yields Fascinating Skeleton

A woman who gave birth posthumously also had a hole in her skull from a procedure to treat a pregnancy-related complication.

Colombia, Not Finland, May Be the Happiest Country in the World

The Scandinavian countries tend to come out on top in the World Happiness Report. But the report doesn't actually ask participants if they're happy. When that question is included, the country rankings are quite different.

Chimerism: You Can Be Your Own Twin

Tetragametic chimerism occurs when a single organism has two genetically distinct types of DNA.

Understand? Your Brain Signals Will Tell

And that might make it kind of tricky to pretend you're paying attention.

Scientists Working on a Periodic Table for Ecology

An ecological periodic table could help scientists predict what will happen as climate change forces ecosystems to evolve. But is such a thing possible?

Science Moves Closer to Explaining the 'Angry Drunk'

Why do some people become more aggressive, even violent, after they've had a few drinks?

Neanderthals Were Actually Prehistoric Picassos

New research shows that homo sapiens weren't the first folks to decorate their caves with artwork. Neanderthals actually did it thousands of years earlier.

Meet Cheddar Man: Your New Stone Age Crush

Cheddar Man was a dark-skinned, blue-eyed Stone Age Brit. You don't see those every day.

Twin Monkeys First-Ever Cloned Like Dolly the Sheep

Scientists in China successfully cloned the first-ever primates using the same method that created the world's most famous sheep — a method called somatic cell nuclear transfer.

Saharan Dust: The Good, the Bad and the Gritty

Dust traveling over the Atlantic from North Africa feeds both phytoplankton that makes the oxygen we breath and the bacteria that could kill us.

Good Excuse, or Is There Actually a Cheating Gene?

The real story about the roots of infidelity and monogamy is far more complicated than whether you have the "cheating gene."

Can You Hear Something That Doesn’t Make a Sound?

In the absence of sound waves in the air, your brain will try to fill in the silence.

Scientists Find Antarctic Microbes That Live on Air Alone

Scientists have found microbes in Antarctica that somehow survive just on gases in the atmosphere. This could have some exciting possibilities for determining how alien life on other planets could stay alive.


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