Hollywood's version of science often asks us to believe that dinosaurs can be cloned from ancient DNA (they can't), or that the next ice age could develop in just a few days (it couldn't). It zeroes in
When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62. Transcript ARUN RATH,
A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned.
How much money would you give up to prevent a stranger’s pain? And how does this compare to what you’d pay to prevent your own pain? With colleagues at University College London I addressed this question
Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began. About Juan Enriquez Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes. About
Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began. About Spencer Wells' TED Talk Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.
How does a sunset work? We love to look at one, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her eighth-graders to really think about it, to wonder and question. So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes
A star passed by the black hole close enough that some of its mass fell into the black hole's gravitational grip, but far enough that the star managed to get away still intact with minor damage. A team
Becoming smarter doesn't take some expensive thing purchased from the internet. For those in the general demographic of "people that might donate to NPR," advertisements for brain training schemes are
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease are the perennial neuro-degenerative afflictions which remind an ageing population that the human brain is still the final frontier of modern medicine.
Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye? When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai, an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered
There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the Apple Watch. Who wants to use a touchscreen that tiny? Why would I want to send my heartbeat to my friends? Why should people who aren't titans of finance
Every year on Sept. 11, this happens ... When it gets dark, New York City turns on 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs to produce two powerful beams that shoot up, side by side, to remind us that once upon
Probability solves a great question of time travel. Well, probably. Mention time travel at a nerd party, and other guests will immediately respond with a grim conundrum: What happens if a time traveler
Some people choose not to accept those limits. Neil Harbisson was born without the ability to see color. Now, he can perceive more than 360 colors and even discern the infrared spectrum. Kevin Warwick,
Incredible footage just broadcast in the Italian media reveals that the celebrity wolves Slavc and Juliet have just had a litter of seven cubs. On 1 March 2012, a camera trap set by a hunter in a remote
It may soon be time to say "so long" to silicon solar panels. Solar panels are cheaper than ever before, thanks to government subsidies and a flooded market. But they’re not yet affordable enough to eclipse
The reason our brains have that wrinkly, walnut shape may be that the rapid growth of the brain's outer brain — the gray matter — is constrained by the white matter, a new study shows. Researchers found
A promising approach to treating people who hear voices, also known as ‘auditory hallucinations’, is to get the patient or therapist to interact with the speaker Somebody hears a voice, but nobody is It
This is how scientists determine if the world around us is an illusion For all we know, the three dimensional world we see around us is really an illusion — one that’s actually in 2D. It’s a slightly idea,
Ebola has a nasty reputation for the way it damages the body. It's rightfully earned. "At the end stage of the disease, you have small leaks in blood vessels," says Thomas Geisbert, an immunologist at