A lot of of chemistry and physics are behind how you perceive a sip of wine.
Researchers would like to find a way to relate the human perception of dryness to the chemical and physical properties of the wine.
Turkeys do a lot of standing and milling around, not a lot of flying.
Sit down to Thanksgiving dinner ready to amaze your companions with physiological facts about why different cuts of the turkey have different characteristics.
A Brazilian soldier puts out fires.
AP Photo/Leo Correa
Destruction of rainforests through wildfires or deforestation may harm human health. As these forests disappear, we may be losing precious medicinal plants that hold treatments for various diseases.
Trees that survived a forest fire stand amid smoldering smoke in the Vila Nova Samuel region of Brazil, Aug. 25, 2019.
AP Photo/Eraldo Peres
Brazilian evangelicals are politically conservative, but they still believe in climate change. Turning them into climate activists, however, will be a challenge for the environmentalist movement.
It’s harvest time.
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
American farmers have suffered the most as a result of China's retaliatory tariffs yet surveys show they still back the president and his trade war.
Strips of native prairie grasses planted on Larry and Margaret Stone’s Iowa farm protect soil, water and wildlife.
Iowa State University/Omar de Kok-Mercado
Investing in farming methods that improve lands and water, and in rural infrastructure and markets, could bring new prosperity to agricultural communities.
Clifford Berry stands by the Atanasoff-Berry Computer.
Courtesy of Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives
The first computer, named the ABC, was built at Iowa State University. But for a long time, few had heard of it.
It has undoubtedly been a game-changer for entrepreneurial finance, but researchers are discovering new inequalities and risks for investors.
More Americans are sticking to their wedding vows.
The US divorce rate has fallen steadily over the last 30 or 40 years. It's likely because young adults are taking more time to decide to marry.
In a power outage, some lights are on, but others are not.
Electric utilities have a right to make money on their government-granted monopolies, but customers also have a right to know what cyber-protections they would get if they paid more.
Sunset over an Iowa farm.
Since the Great Recession, most of the nation's rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people.
The Mueller report reveals that Trump and his campaign did all kinds of ethically questionable activities to smear Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, including asking Russia to hack Clinton’s email. According to Attorney General William Barr, nothing Trump did was illegal.
Amid all the Mueller report uncertainty, one thing is clear: Donald Trump did some wildly improper things to win the presidency. So did Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, JFK and George W. Bush.
A John Deere tractor makes its way through floodwaters in Fargo, North Dakota.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Recent extreme rains and weather in the Midwest are causing a multitude of problems in the topsoil that much of the nation's food supply relies on.
These five Towson University Honors students in Sienna, Italy, were among the more than 332,000 U.S. students studied abroad in 2016-17.
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Though studying abroad can be a rewarding experience, it also comes with certain risks. A study abroad expert provides 7 tips to help students stay safe while visiting in a foreign land.
Student debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion.
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Through "risk-sharing," colleges could be on the hook to help pay back student loans if too many students default. A scholar who studies the ethics of debt examines how risk-sharing could backfire.
Chicago’s Lake Michigan waterfront froze during the 2019 polar vortex.
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato
Natural gas supplies are growing, but so are other markets for it besides power generation.
Beauty can mean more opportunities – but can it also influence values?
Beautiful people tend to lead more charmed lives. Could their attractiveness also color their views on issues like abortion, premarital sex and gay marriage?
They said it, but is it true?
Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.
A television set turned on in the West Wing of the White House.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Calvin Coolidge, during one stretch of his presidency, was getting 15 hours of shut-eye each day, while William Howard Taft was known for nodding off during public events.
Many parts of Africa suffer from food insecurity. Here, women and children wait to be registered before a food distribution.
Predictions suggest that Africa will suffer dramatic losses of crops and productive land as the climate warms. Perhaps adopting GM crops designed to tolerate stress can save the continent from famine.