Science

  • How Children Get the Christmas Spirit

    What leads to the generosity so important to Christmas? Alison Gopnik on new brain-wave research about the way children think.

    The Wall Street Journal
  • Gut Feeling? Probiotics May Ease Anxiety and Depression

    The plethora of microbes living in the human gut not only affect people's physical health, they may also influence mental health, according to a growing body of research. In humans, there is some very early evidence of a link between gut bacteria and mental health. A new study from England found…

    LiveScience.com
  • Russia wants to collect the DNA of every creature

    Institutions have already been amassing huge DNA collections to catalog the world's creatures, but Moscow State University might just top them all. It's planning to build "Noah's Ark," a repository ...

    Engadget
  • 24 Of The Best Astrophotos Of 2014

    Don't get us wrong. Space-based telescopes like Hubble and Spitzer brought us absolutely stunning images of deep space this year. But some of the most out-of-this-world images of space taken in 2014 came from star-obsessed photographers right here on Earth.Your friends at HuffPost Science asked you…

    Huffington Post
  • Elder-care challenges prompt tech executives to create startups, apps

    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For years, Google Inc's commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet search giant in 2012 and start a company to help patients combat chronic…

    Reuters
  • The ‘Bilingual Advantage’ May Not Actually Be a Thing

    The solo-linguists among us can stop feeling bad about themselves.

    Yahoo Health
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    Mom Returns Home After 7 Years Behind Bars

    Part 5: Last week, Hannah Overton was released on bail and reunited with her family.

    ABC News Videos
  • Navy Helicopter Drone Completes First Round of Testing

    Imagine trying to land a remote-controlled helicopter on top of a motorboat that's speeding across a lake. Navy pilots recently had to contend with just such a scenario as they tested the U.S. military's newest drone, the MQ-8C Fire Scout. From a computer-filled control station aboard the USS Jason…

    LiveScience.com
  • Poultry producers brace for bird flu fallout

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Commercial poultry producers say they're concerned the outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu virus found in Washington and Oregon will hurt exports by prompting some nations to impose trade barriers.

    Associated Press
  • SpaceX to attempt landing rocket on ocean barge

    As if launching a rocket into space wasn't hard enough, Elon Musk, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX, will attempt to land one on the bullseye of a barge floating in the ocean, an effort to ...

    San Jose Mercury News
  • Mystery of Ancient Chinese Civilization's Disappearance Explained

    An earthquake nearly 3,000 years ago may be the culprit in the mysterious disappearance of one of China's ancient civilizations, new research suggests. That, in turn, may have spurred the ancient Chinese culture to move closer to the new river flow, study co-author Niannian Fan, a river sciences…

    LiveScience.com
  • Former world soccer star George Weah wins seat in Liberia's Senate

    MONROVIA (Reuters) - Former world soccer player of the year George Weah has won a seat in Liberia's Senate to represent the capital, defeating the son of the president and boosting his political fortunes ahead of a presidential election in 2017. Weah won the Montserrado County seat that includes…

    Reuters
  • The Year's 29 Most Spectacular Space Photos

    The year 2014 was a stellar one for spaceflight, what with ESA's Rosetta mission putting a robotic lander on a distant comet and NASA successfully testing its Orion spacecraft.But 2014 was also a great year for space photography, as you can see from these remarkable 29 images (scroll down) picked…

    Huffington Post
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    Court Overrules Mom's Conviction for Murder of Foster Son

    Part 4: The state's highest criminal court put the blame on Hannah Overton's trial attorneys.

    ABC News Videos
  • Insurers dogged by claims of slanted Sandy reports

    When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, flood insurance companies working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency dispatched an army of structural engineers to do some detective work. Their assignment: ...

    Associated Press
  • See Uranus and Moon in Night Sky Sunday

    Look to the sky Sunday (Dec. 28) to see the moon in a close encounter with the planet Uranus. Uranus is theoretically visible with the unaided eye, but realistically most of us need binoculars to see it. Look just above and to the left of the Moon to spot Uranus, which should have an odd blue-green…

    SPACE.com
  • Bone Density Drop in Modern Humans Linked to Less Physical Activity

    The relatively lightly built skeletons of modern humans developed late in evolutionary history, and may have been the result of a shift away from a nomadic lifestyle to a more settled one, according to a new study. Still, modern humans have a relatively lightly built skeleton compared with those of…

    LiveScience.com
  • Death Can't Stop Professor from Getting 'Last Word'

    Caltech professor Don Anderson was the first person to unmask Earth's mysterious, multi-layered mantle, transforming science's conception of the planet from a boring, three-tiered baseball — crust, mantle and core — to a gobstobber worthy of Willy Wonka's candy factory. Anderson's love of science,…

    LiveScience.com
  • Orbital Sciences Sticks a Russian Engine in Its New Rocket -- Is This a Win for SpaceX?

    The beleaguered space tech company replaces one troublesome Russian rocket engine with... another?

    Motley Fool