More Cosmic Fine-Tuning Found
January 17, 2015
The Anthropic Principle refuses to go away. The mass of the light quark adds to finely tuned factors that make the universe life-supporting.
Animals Come Pre-Equipped With Machinery
January 14, 2015
Guidance systems, compasses, switchboards, motors, robotic machines: we're talking about systems inside animals—and you.
Fish Ancestry Turned On Its Head
January 13, 2015
A so-called "primitive" bony fish with traits of sharks confuses the usual story of fish ancestry.
Humans' Groovy Language Brain
January 12, 2015
More features are discovered that set humans apart from apes.
Music Is a Human Thing
January 8, 2015
Many animals make sounds; birds and whales can sing; but there's nothing to compare with the human brain's capacity for music.
Is Animal Play Just an Evolutionary Survival Mechanism?
January 6, 2015
Yes, your dog enjoys play, say biologists, and so do birds, dolphins and many other kinds of animals. How did "having fun" evolve?
Comparing Astronaut Christmas Greetings from 1968 and 2014
December 24, 2014
On Apollo 8 Christmas Eve 46 years ago, astronauts read from Genesis. You won't believe what today's astronauts had to say for holiday greetings.
December 22, 2014
Here are some mammals with capabilities that exceed the requirements of mere survival.
Birds Go Splat on Evolutionary Theories
December 19, 2014
A flock of surprising traits of birds has dropped a load on simplistic notions of evolution.
The Silent Underground Network
December 15, 2014
Under your feet in the woods is a vast communication network where information technology keeps the ecosystem functioning.
Did Man Invent God?
December 14, 2014
A new study claims that religions with "moralizing gods" arise primarily in affluent nations.
Bird Evolution Explodes
December 13, 2014
Did birds arrive in a 'big bang' of evolution, or is their explosive appearance yielding a scattered jetsam of Darwinian theories?
Comet Ocean Theory Debunked
December 11, 2014
Data from the Rosetta mission debunk the notion that comets brought Earth's ocean water. Now they're hoping asteroids could have.
Pathogens Don't Exist
December 10, 2014
It takes a partnership to have a disease, say two microbiologists who argue for ditching the word "pathogen."
Monday Morning Design Cheer
December 8, 2014
Start your week with nuggets of good news about all the things inventors are learning from animals, plants, and the human body.