What are your in-groups and out-groups?
Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.
People who share potential misinformation on Twitter (in purple) rarely get to see corrections or fact-checking (in orange).
Shao et al.
Information on social media can be misleading because of biases in three places – the brain, society and algorithms. Scholars are developing ways to identify and display the effects of these biases.
Which cognitive processes explain long-term effects of childhood adversity?
Ricky Kharawala on Unsplash
Childhood adversity is linked to social and mental health problems later in life. New research suggests brains that aren't as good at recognizing rewards and responding to change may be to blame.
The iconic shooting game in its original stand-up arcade form.
A reflection of its own time, the iconic arcade game planted the seeds of today's video game culture.
Mission specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
35 years ago Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. But rather than focus on her own extraordinary achievements, her passion became boosting the number of girls pursuing STEM. Another pioneering astronaut remembers her friend and colleague.
The Northern Hemisphere gets its biggest dose of daylight.
Takmeng Wong and the CERES Science Team at NASA Langley Research Center
The tilt of Earth's axis as it orbits the sun results in the seasonal changes.
By Fakhrul Najmi
The concept of three-parent babies defies what we learned in health class. But how and when is the third parent involved? At what stage? Jennifer Barfield gives us an update on the birds and the bees.
Red fox under cover of darkness in London.
Jamie Hall. For use only with this article.
It's becoming harder and harder for animals to find human-free spaces on the planet. New research suggests that to try to avoid people, mammals are shifting activity from the day to the nighttime.
Europe’s digital-data regulations are having ripple effects around the world.
Privacy rules enacted in Europe are affecting companies – and their customers and users – all around the world.
A different kind of international dialogue.
Kyle Glenn on Unsplash
A flavor of diplomacy that focuses on science cuts through political differences and finds new ways for nations to work together.
Violence in communities may have an additional unseen victim: young peoples’ developing brains.
Experiencing and witnessing violence in their communities can lead to emotional, social and cognitive problems for kids. A new study shows it affects how their developing brains grow, as well.
It can be complicated to teach a computer to detect harassment and threats.
It could seem attractive to try to teach computers to detect harassment, threats and abusive language. But it's much more difficult than it might appear.
You’re ready to blow your top – but how much is due to your internal hunger and how much to external annoyances?
Missing a meal can certainly push you toward a bad mood. But new research identifies in what kind of situations hunger is most likely to tip toward hanger.
Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand partially collapsed after a 2011 earthquake.
AP Photo/Mark Baker
Can artificial intelligence accurately simulate people's religious tendencies in the face of disaster and tragedy?
Computer-generated dinosaurs walk the Earth.
Universal Pictures Studios
The first time computer-generated characters interacted with humans on a movie screen was 25 years ago, in 'Jurassic Park.' Since then, technology has improved, giving directors more choices.
What algorithm turned these lights red?
New research has uncovered a previously unknown weakness in smart city systems: devices that trust each other. That could lead to some pretty terrible traffic, among other problems.
One one thousand, two one thousand….
When you see a bolt of lightning, do you immediately start counting to see how far off a storm is? An atmospheric scientist parses the practice.
Balancing personal privacy with detailed insights.
Researchers analyze social media data to gain useful insights into modern society and culture. But it's important to protect users' privacy. How can both ends meet?
If you’re convinced Nessie’s real, would science unconvince you?
AP Photo/Norm Goldstein
If you're committed to a belief, it's hard to let go. Psychology and philosophy provide different ways to think about how skeptics respond to counterevidence.
Money doesn’t grow in flasks – scientists have to find funds outside the lab.
Money always seems tight for university scientists. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see how they think about funding sources and profit motives for basic and applied research.
Where did our written numbers come from?
Linguistic clues show how people around the world first developed mathematical thought.
Rafael Correa, top en Twitter.
CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS
Cuando los líderes de las democracias débiles usan las redes sociales para conectarse con sus electores, las personas se sienten escuchadas. Pero Twitter no les dará a los ciudadanos lo que necesitan.
Sea ice off of East Antarctica’s Princess Astrid Coast.
Geospatial data offers a powerful new way to see the world. But these high-tech images can be misleading or incomplete.
How does searching affect voting?
Social media sites aren't the only online systems that can secretly influence people's votes. Search engines can too and may be even more successful – and undetectable.
Is it always the same?
Your blood is red;
it's never blue.
Because of hemoglobin;
and the view through tissue.