The European Parliament has backed a review of daylight saving time, a move that could stop clocks switching back and forward between winter and summer. EU lawmakers called for the European Commission
Putting predictions to the test. Prediction is one of the pleasures of life. Conversation would wither without it. “It won’t last. She’ll dump him in a month.” If you’re wrong, no one will call you on
The arrival of man-made earthquakes. In the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen’s seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation
A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that
Making peace with Exploding Head Syndrome and the need for explanations Fyodor Dostoevsky kept a record of his seizures in a notebook. There were 102. Today some people with epilepsy do the same on Pinboards.
This is the story you’ll often hear about how humans discovered cheese: one hot day 9,000 years ago, a nomad was on his travels, and brought along some milk in an animal stomach—a sort of proto-thermos—to
Book Talk With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals. In popular culture, they're often portrayed like members of a heavy-metal band: fur clad, shaggy haired, ape-like.
Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years. In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human the
Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its to
By Tamar Haspel Tamar Haspel Email Bio Follow Organic or conventional? It’s a choice many grocery shoppers are faced with, over and over. The price difference is easy to see; it’s right there on the product.
If you have ever gazed at a crystal of salt or a sparkling diamond and wondered to yourself how its internal structure might be revealed using light generated by a particle accelerator, then wonder no
The new germ theory: Infections play a role in many, many diseases—in ways we're just beginning to understand. In 1882, Robert Koch discovered that a bacterium was behind the world's leading cause of tuberculosis
If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976. That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links
Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom? For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Championships.
Primatologist Jane Goodall, turning 80 this week, tells Henry Nicholls the inside story on how she transformed our understanding of chimpanzees, what it means to be human, and the controversy and condescension