Were U.S. diplomats at the embassy in Cuba stricken by a mass delusion?
AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa
Sociologists know what conditions make it more likely a mass delusion will take hold and spread through a group – whether adherence to a fashion fad or belief in a doomsday cult.
Should you have trusted this man with so much of your personal data?
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Scholars and skeptics warned about Facebook long before its founder was even born. Technology companies keep asking for more and more data and proving they can't be trusted.
These fresh vegetables and fruits are the result of hundreds to thousands of years of plant breeding and selection.
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It has taken hundreds, if not thousands, of years to create the juicy, shiny produce that you take for granted at the supermarket. But now there is a faster way to domesticate wild fruits and veggies.
Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
Many Americans feel anxiety or dread when it comes to math. A lot of that anxiety starts in childhood.
If you don’t want to be facing down an angry dinosaur, pay attention to what happens on screen.
As fictional inventors make terrible choices on the big screen, real-world tech innovators can learn from their example how not to make the same kinds of ethical mistakes.
Under fire, but not without options.
AP Photo/Francois Mori
Without much delay, Facebook and Twitter could make significant changes to limit political manipulation and propaganda. Will they? And will users ask it of the social media giants?
Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral.
The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred's DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
By only working in their own backyards, what do psychology researchers miss about human behavior?
Ninety percent of psychology studies come from countries representing less than 15 percent of the world's population. Researchers are realizing that universalizing those findings might not make sense.
A test subject entering a brain password.
Wenyao Xu, et al.
Biometrics are more secure than passwords – but when they're compromised fingerprints and retina scans are hard to reset. Brain responses to specific stimuli are as secure and, crucially, resettable.
A fragment of an ancestral Pueblo jar dating to c. A.D. 1150.
Keith Kintigh, Arizona State University
Only a small fraction of the data from archaeological fieldwork is made accessible to the public or preserved for future research.
Wait – where am I?
Without their devices, regular GPS users take longer to negotiate a route, travel more slowly and make larger navigational errors.
A time-lapse image showing the plane flying across a gymnasium.
Steven Barrett, MIT
Ionic winds – charged particles flowing through the air – can move airplanes using only electricity; no propellers or jet engines needed. The scholar who led the project explains how it works.
Dr. Who used the this time machine, called the TARDIS, to travel through space and time on the BBC television show Dr. Who.
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Who wouldn't want to travel in time, glimpsing the dinosaurs or peeking at humans 2,000 years from now? Now physicists have designed a time machine that seems deceptively simple.
Users may want to know more than what’s in a basic report from a genetic testing company.
Data and privacy issues are tangled up in the DNA reports consumers get from big genetic testing companies – and the third-party sites they turn to in order to glean more from their raw DNA.