Bridging the Rift: Oculus' Answer to Virtual Reality08/14/14
Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.
Sylvia Earle’s ‘Mission Blue’
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle bears witness to troubling changes in our oceans in the documentary Mission Blue.
Food Failures: Concocting Condiments
Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.
App Chat: Being Social Without Leaving a Trace
A growing number of apps allow users to post ephemeral or anonymous messages—and they're catching on quickly with millennials.
Decoding Secret Communication Between Plants
A new study in Science says that certain parasitic plants spy on their hosts through RNA exchanges.
Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?
In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change may be directly underfoot—in healthy soil.
Close-Up With a Comet
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is the first probe to orbit a comet.
Algorithm Turns Everyday Objects Into Microphones
Sound waves trigger tiny vibrations in objects. By studying the vibrations, researchers can recreate the sounds that caused them.
Can Science Build A Better Piano?
Scientists have created a 3D acoustical scan of the piano's resonance—and say it could help refine the art of piano-making.
Close Your Eyes And Listen To The Night Sky
If the bright “supermoon” drowns out the Perseid meteor shower this year, why not listen for meteors instead?
A neurobiologist reveals sci-fi thriller Lucy’s neuroscience bloopers.
Can An Experimental Therapy be Used to Treat Ebola?
A look at the experimental therapy used to treat two Americans who were infected with Ebola.
Giving Viruses a License to Kill...Cancer
Scientists transform common viruses like measles and herpes into potential cancer treatments.
Behind the Scenes at the City Morgue
Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek’s memoir Working Stiff goes behind the scenes at the New York City morgue.
Listening In on Elephant ‘Mating Pandemonium’
In a “mating pandemonium” event, a group of elephants roar after a pair of elephants mate.
Will Big Data Answer Big Questions on Health?
Google's latest big idea is called "Baseline Study"—an effort to catalog the DNA of thousands of healthy people, along with their blood, urine, saliva, breath, and tears.
Can’t Stop Worrying? Blame It on Your Habenula
The habenula is a pea-sized part of the brain that tracks our expectations of negative events.
Tapping Into Musical Memory
A new documentary, Alive Inside, exposes the connections between music and memory.
Can Animals Go Mad?
From depressed dogs to anxious gorillas, author Laurel Braitman explores mental illness in animals.
How Ultramarathons Affect the Heart, Blood, and Brain
Exercise scientists Tamara Hew-Butler and Greg Whyte talk about how the body changes after dozens of hours in motion.
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