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The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'

From wormhole highways to robotic space companions, scientific experts weigh in on Christopher Nolan's newest sci-fi blockbuster.<p>Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and …

Headache condition linked to weight-loss surgery

By reshaping the gastrointestinal tract, bariatric surgery appears to set in motion a cascade of physiological changes -- most obviously weight loss. But a new study suggests that such surgery may also be linked, in rare cases, to a headache condition caused by a leak of cerebrospinal fluid from …

How Science Saved a Priceless Work of Art

Harvard University's Mark Rothko murals appeared to be damaged beyond repair. Until they invented a new kind of repair.<p><b>You hear Harvard University and think: Smart</b> people there. They ought to know how to preserve great art. So it was baffling and a little tragic when, in the 1960s and '70s, the …

This video game might be the future of ADHD and Alzheimer's treatment

As I get better, the game instantly gets harder<p>The result was NeuroRacer, in which players steer a car along a curvy highway while responding to pop-up signs. Last year Gazzaley made the cover of <i>Nature</i> with a study testing senior citizens' performance on the game. At first, the seniors were …

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

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.<p>So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of …