The Science of MmmHow food and drink tickle the brain’s pleasure centers.
How Do Bowhead Whales Live Longer Than 200 Years?Researchers just mapped their genome for the first time to find out.
The Truth About “Mysterious” Mass Bird DeathsWhy they will continue to happen.
Just Hit the Damn DeerExpert advice about how to drive safely among North America’s most dangerous animals.
What Makes Children Stop Believing in Santa Claus?Parents say one thing. Physics says another.
Merry and BrightChristmas decorations are visible from space.
Out ColdWhat really happens to your body temperature when you drink.
Taser of the WildElectric eels shock prey just like Tasers stun human victims.
It Is Not Possible to Get the Flu From a Flu ShotThis video explains why.
BirdmenCockfighters spread the chicken across the globe.
A Time to SnoozeThe real reason you’re so sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal.
Your Dog Is a MessOne way canines are genetically wired to be sloppier than cats.
Moses and the American ConstitutionIf Texas wants biblical characters and states’ rights in textbooks, publishers are happy to deliver.
Metaphorically SpeakingOur most sophisticated thinking relies on bodily experience.
Dispatch From the Oscars of ScienceHow many Hollywood stars does it take to make mathematicians glamorous?
Secret SauceUmami is what makes savory foods so delicious.
Why Do We Like Bitter Foods?There are receptors for bitter compounds all over your body.
English Is the Language of ScienceThat’s lousy luck for scientists in most of the world.
Surprise!The most important skill in science or self-improvement is noticing the unexpected.
It’s a BirdCinereous mourner chicks seem to mimic toxic caterpillars both in appearance and behavior.
A Toast to the Safe Drinking Water ActIts radical idea—tap water should be safe to drink—has been a huge, underappreciated success.
Red States Are Getting a New Shade of RedderThe people who deny climate change are most likely to suffer from it.
The Strange Rise of Carnivorous PlantsTracing the first fossil of an insect-killing plant.
Busy Boys and Little LadiesHow fake brain science has supported gender segregation in schools.
James Watson Throws a FitThe disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize.
Species Worth SavingWhy we should be thankful for the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Polarizing FoodsWhy do people love or loathe certain tastes?
The Secrets of the “Secret Science” BillWhat House Republicans really mean when they call for reform of the EPA.
What Happens in Your Mouth When You Kiss?The microbe ecosystem of making out.
A Real DealTo appreciate the U.S.-China climate agreement, there’s only one number you need to pay attention to.