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When a butterfly's disguise fails, its backup plan is poison

Viceroy butterflies mimic a queen butterfly's awful-taste, but only when they aren't around

Inactive ingredients in your meds might not be so inactive after all

Research shows that over-the-counter and prescription capsules and pills can contain a broad range of ingredients, some of which can cause allergy or sensitivity in some people.

Sperm quality is falling in men (and dogs) & it could be linked to our homes

New research suggests the declines in both species are due to persistent pollutants

'Skeleton Keys' — a new book explores the secret life of bones

Writer Brian Switek looks at the sometimes macabre but always fascinating secrets of our skeletons

Super-powerful solar storms hit Earth in the past — and could recur in the future

A massive solar storm today could create electrical chaos in our modern technological society
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How to improve education: move the classroom outdoors

Exposing children to nature while they learn can benefit their learning, development, and sense of environmental stewardship.

Waterproof stick-on sensor sucks in sweat, can reveal dehydration & more

The waterproof, wearable sensor can track sweat rate, pH, electrolytes, chloride, lactate, and even glucose

Do wind turbine farms have an effect on climate?

Turbines don’t increase the temperature, but they redistribute heat that is already in the air

Actors' brains have different activity patterns when they're in character

The more you become someone else, the less there is of you'

Countdown to the Moon landing — how Apollo 9 tested the lunar lander in Earth orbit

We continue our series on the missions that led up to landing on the moon.

'Skeleton Keys' — a new book explores the secret life of bones

Writer Brian Switek looks at the sometimes macabre but always fascinating secrets of our skeletons

When a butterfly's disguise fails, its backup plan is poison

Viceroy butterflies mimic a queen butterfly's awful-taste, but only when they aren't around

Super-powerful solar storms hit Earth in the past — and could recur in the future

A massive solar storm today could create electrical chaos in our modern technological society

March 16, 2019 — Inside actors' brains, inactive ingredients aren't, Super solar storms and more...

Butterfly’s toxic backup, secrets life of bone and wind turbines and climate

Do wind turbine farms have an effect on climate?

Turbines don’t increase the temperature, but they redistribute heat that is already in the air

When a butterfly's disguise fails, its backup plan is poison

Viceroy butterflies mimic a queen butterfly's awful-taste, but only when they aren't around

Super-powerful solar storms hit Earth in the past — and could recur in the future

A massive solar storm today could create electrical chaos in our modern technological society

Inactive ingredients in your meds might not be so inactive after all

Research shows that over-the-counter and prescription capsules and pills can contain a broad range of ingredients, some of which can cause allergy or sensitivity in some people

Actors' brains have different activity patterns when they're in character

'The more you become someone else, the less there is of you'

How to improve education: move the classroom outdoors

Exposing children to nature while they learn can benefit their learning, development, and sense of environmental stewardship.
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How to improve education: move the classroom outdoors

Exposing children to nature while they learn can benefit their learning, development, and sense of environmental stewardship.

Illiterate adults can rewire their brains by learning to read

Illiterate adults can rewire their brains by learning to read

Actors' brains have different activity patterns when they're in character

'The more you become someone else, the less there is of you'

Inactive ingredients in your meds might not be so inactive after all

Research shows that over-the-counter and prescription capsules and pills can contain a broad range of ingredients, some of which can cause allergy or sensitivity in some people

'No evidence at all' that power posing will get you a job

New research shoots down a widely popularised social psychology finding.