Claims that Ai Hin was faking pregnancy to get better treatment have been debunked by leading panda expert
Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidence
The recent release of Susan Greenfields new book and the film Lucy, both of which are dependent on tired misconceptions or dubious theories about the brain, suggest one worrying conclusion: we are running out of myths about the brain. So here are some new ones, to keep things mysterious
These are the siphonophores, some 180 known species of gelatinous strings that can grow to 100 feet long, making them some of the longest critters on the planet. But instead of growing as a single body like virtually every other animal, siphonophores clone themselves thousands of times over into half a dozen different types of specialized cloned bodies, all strung together to work as a team---a very deadly team at that.
Researchers who study memory have had a thrilling couple of years. Some have erased memories in people with electroshock therapy, for example. Others have figured out, in mice, how to create false memories and even turn bad memories into good ones.
Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.
Hunting bats don't just listen out for male frogs' mating calls: they can also use echolocation to detect when the frogs inflate their throat sacs
A crèche of 30 dinosaur infants looked over by an older animal shows that even terrible lizards needed a night away from the kids
Families have identifiable collections of microbes that travel with them. It can take just 24 hours for the microbes to take over a new house
When rabbits were domesticated, around 100 regions of their genome changed to make them less fearful, but the variations are not fixed
Explaining how climate change is affecting today's weather will be tricky, but it might bring home to the public the everyday reality of global warming
Farmers' Almanac predicts a record cold, snowy winter, but meteorologists see other signs
Crowdfunding for high-tech cooler hits $11 million and counting, topping the previous Kickstarter record
Efforts represent latest salvo in broader competition with Amazon, which is also seeking to develop drones as delivery vehicles
The Ralph Lauren polo tech shirt allows players to track their heartbeat, respiration and movement
Researchers live in dread of the null result—when a study turns up nothing. But that's exactly the wrong way to view things
Scientists never understood what became of the Paleo-Eskimos who once peopled the north. Now they know—and there's new reason to miss them
For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its DNA. But it's still unclear what these mutations mean.
And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.
Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.
NOAA whittles down initial list of 66 species to be covered by Endangered Species Act
A National Zoo exhibition featuring the animal, long tied to Smithsonian history, opens Saturday
We need a strong scientific voice in policy and decision-making, but there is also a crucial role for the public.
Think of all the adults you know. Think of your parents and grandparents. Think of the teachers you had at school, your doctors and dentists, the people who collect your rubbish, and the actors you see on TV. All of these people probably have little mites crawling, eating, sleeping, and having sex on their faces.
A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.
No researcher could read all the papers in their field – but machines are making discoveries in their own right by mining the scientific literature
The first detection of neutrinos produced by fusion in the sun confirms that our star has been stable for millions of years
The patron animal of quantum theory poses for a unique portrait in which the camera and the sitter don't share a single photon – except by entanglement
Unusual fish with lungs have developed walking techniques and bodies like those of the ancestors of four-legged animals after being raised on land
Two satellites destined for the Galileo global positioning network may have to burn most of their fuel to get back into formation, or be replaced