Scientists can now track butterfly migration in real time with the help of volunteers.
Citizen scientists across North America have contributed over 1 million observations to this online platform, generating data useful for researchers.
Making sense of bird behavior was a lifelong passion for Margaret Morse Nice.
This 20th century ornithologist earned the respect of her contemporaries for her animal behavior research that went against the grain of traditional science.
An artist’s conception of two black holes entwined in a gravitational tango.
There is a massive black hole in the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Measurements of star orbits near this black hole suggest that there may be a second companion black hole nearby.
Every kid should have their own cell phone. Or should they?
If you're thinking about a smartphone, talk with your parents.
Baboons make sounds, but how does it relate to human speech?
Researchers say it's time to finally discard a decades-old theory about the origins of human language – and revise the date when human ancestors likely were able to make certain speech noises.
Robots already assemble and weld products in factories. Can they make the components parts themselves, too?
A manufacturing engineer describes the concept for a technology that could lead to more efficient production – and perhaps a tool to revive US manufacturing.
Cities around the world appear to be harboring increasing numbers of rats, including this one: the inflatable ‘Scabby the Rat.’
Cities often embark upon drastic and expensive eradication campaigns designed to rapidly rid the city of pests like rats. But are the surviving rats stronger or weaker than before?
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.
Bourbaki Congress of 1938.
Largely unknown today, Bourbaki was the last mathematician to master nearly all aspects of the field. There’s just one problem: Bourbaki never existed.
Moths flutter toward light at night, but why?
Moths and insects cluster around lights at night. Why?
Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones.
You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
Access to the shoreline is great, but what about places not on the coast?
Béju (Happy City, Street Plan, University of Virginia)
Research into public health benefits of integrating nature into cities has focused on green spaces. New studies suggest water features are just as useful and can piggyback on other infrastructure goals.
Both the hardware and software of commercial drones can be changed easily.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Modified commercial drones are getting more powerful and can easily be turned into weapons. A researcher argues for ways to prevent their development.
Will quantum computers ever reliably best classical computers?
Google claims quantum supremacy – IBM says not so fast. One researcher explains why he doesn't see quantum computers outpacing classical computers any time soon ... and maybe not ever.
Math provides clues as to why your happy friends are as happy as they seem.
Does it seem like your friends have better lives than you do? Mathematics, in the form of the "majority illusion," can help explain why.
It’s these brain cells that really make humans unique.
We have more neurons in our cortices than any other species, courtesy of an early technology – and along with them came our long, slow lives, with plenty of chances to gather around the dinner table.
Measuring in at 10,159 miles (16,350 kilometers) in width (as of April 3, 2017) Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth.
Little bits of Jupiter's Great Red Spot seem to be flaking off. Is it a sign of the demise of this enigmatic red cloud, or just a consequence of atmospheric chaos we can't see from above?
These foods are all dependent on microorganisms for their distinctive flavor.
Bread. Yeast. Wine. Cheese. All these delicious foods are courtesy of various forms of domesticated fungi. So how, exactly, did humans tame wild fungi into the cooperative species that make our food?
Lots of common foods tend to be full of gluten.
Self-proclaimed gluten sensitivity is on the rise, and so is the stereotype that it goes along with being a politically correct progressive. But is gluten actually a good proxy for social values?
Can the activity in brain circuits predict who is vulnerable to excessive drinking?
One in six US adults binge drinks, consuming about seven drinks per binge. A new study can predict which mice are hardwired to binge drink. Is it possible to do the same for humans?
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.
Blood has special traits unique to every person.
Every person's blood is identified by type. Why does this matter?
Those smiles probably aren’t thanks to tryptophan.
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Tryptophan, found in food, is an important ingredient in the neurotransmitter serotonin. But is that enough to support it as a possible mood booster? The research is decidedly mixed.
This is a medical illustration of an drug-resistant fungus,
Mention fungi and most people think of eating mushrooms or yeasts in bread or beer. But fungi are now on the CDC's list of public health threats as the number of deadly infections they cause rise.
A fossilized bee in amber.
How do we know that bees were around when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth? The main evidence comes from fossils – the mineralized remains of long-dead organisms.