Some people have unusual attractions to specific age groups.
Varshesh Joshi on Unsplash
Chronophilias – such as pedophilia – are age-based sexual attractions. Psychologists don't know much about why people have them or how best to help people not act on sexual interests in children.
A call to better track manufacturing, shipping and distribution.
Flaws in manufacturing processes can cause chip flaws like Spectre and Meltdown – and blockchain technology may offer a solution.
Could a secret ingredient make crumbling concrete a thing of the past?
Adding a bit of fungus to the initial ingredient list might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to fill in any bits of damage that occur, without the need for human intervention.
Science is one thread of culture – and entertainment, including graphic books, can reflect that.
'The Dialogues,' by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press 2017)
You might not think much about science topics as part of your everyday life. But science – like art, music, religion – is part of our culture, and scientists can help it reclaim its rightful place.
Cleanup crew search for radioactive debris.
U.S. Air Force
In what came to be known as the Thule incident, an American bomber crashed in Greenland, spreading radioactive wreckage across 3 square miles of a frozen fjord. Denmark was not happy.
Telecommunications wires stretch along a rural Kansas road.
Technology & Information Policy Institute, University of Texas
Many people in rural America don't have access to fast, affordable internet access. How might those communities connect to the global exchange of goods, services and ideas?
Moving a robot is like manipulating a molecule.
Researchers use an algorithm designed to help robots move to figure out what's possible when designing new molecules in a promising class of pharmaceuticals.
How fast can quantum computing get? Research shows there’s a limit.
A future that continues to have increasingly fast computing depends on quantum physics – but research is showing that there are limits to how fast quantum computers can go.
There’s lots to do when a car is driving itself.
Letting cars drive themselves could save some people huge amounts of time. What might they do when they would have been driving?
Super-black feathers on these guys are like looking into a dark cave.
Male Birds of Paradise have patches of super-black plumage that absorb 99.95 percent of light. New research identified their feathers' microscopic structures that make them look so very dark.
A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world.
AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl
Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.
Author Tom Iliffe leads scientists on a cave dive.
Scientific fieldwork that happens underground and underwater in spectacular but dangerous caves opens a window on a largely unknown world.
Trust in online systems varies around the world.
Around the world, people are both increasingly dependent on, and distrustful of, digital technology. New research suggests ways this conflict could unfold.
The inventor at rest, with a Tesla coil (thanks to a double exposure).
Dickenson V. Alley, Wellcome Collection
Scientist Nikola Tesla died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags life. The eccentric inventor had an amazing intellect and set the stage for many modern technologies.
It would be better if people weren’t afraid of self-driving cars.
If government and industry overhype autonomous vehicles, the public may expect too much, be disappointed and reject the new technology.
It may take time for a tiny step forward to show its worth.
Scientists are rewarded with funding and publications when they come up with innovative findings. But in the midst of a 'reproducibility crisis,' being new isn't the only thing to value about research.
It’s time to build trust.
Social media companies arose from libertarian, free-market origins but must embrace social benefits and democracy to survive.
Let your self-control gain momentum like a snowball rolling downhill.
Could your resolution resilience use a little scientific research to back it up? A new study suggests practice can help your self-control – but don't push it too far.
You can’t keep a good scientist down.
Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash
President Trump's first year was a rough one for scientists and others who value truth and expertise. Many rallied to the cause, while others used research to make the case for the value of science.
‘Man Combating Ignorance’ – what’s science’s role?
Century of Progress Records, 1927-1952, University of Illinois at Chicago Library
There's no shortage of problems facing humanity. Science's role in how to tackle them has long been debated – including memorably by two of the 20th century's greatest literary figures.
Using a store’s mobile app can affect in-store purchases.
As businesses' branded mobile apps become more common and popular, how are they affecting shoppers' buying habits?
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.
Rather than conflict, seek togetherness.
Older relatives often object to younger people using their smartphones and tablets during family gatherings. But digital devices can connect distant relatives year-round.
Big data makes it a bit easier to guess your next move.
Predicting human behavior is big business. But science may never be able to do so with perfect certainty.
Three of these smiling people undid U.S. consumer protections online.
Federal Communications Commission
As the U.S. weakens its protections for internet users, it risks falling behind the rest of the world, which is embracing the importance of regulation to preserve an open internet.