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Evolution gave this ancient beast a weird face because it kept ramming into stuff

<i>Moschops capensis</i> was a weird looking animal. When it roamed the Earth some 260 million years ago its goofy stance and wide body would have caught …

We finally know how your tongue tells your brain what you're tasting

They used to keep you alive, but now they just give you a sweet tooth.<p>What makes candy taste sweet and coffee taste bitter, and not the other way around? In a study published this week in <i>Nature</i>, researchers identified the secret ingredient that keeps our tastes distinct.<p>We already knew two parts of …

Neuroscience

Your Eyes Aren't the Only Parts of Your Body That 'See'

Welcome to the world of nonvisual photoreception.<p><b>By Thomas Cronin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County</b><p>We humans are uncommonly visual creatures. …

First-Ever Mutant Ants Have Been Raised, And They Have a Messed Up Social Life

It was harder than you'd think.<p>Despite what you might've seen in 1950s monster movies, it's difficult to raise mutant ants. For years biologists have …

The terrifying way our universe will end — and when

Our universe is racing toward its destruction as we speak. The end is not going to be especially pleasant, but when that end will happen is still a point of contention amongst cosmologists. Following is a transcript of the video:<p><i>Everything has a beginning and an end — including our universe. But</i> …