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
  • Q&A: Ayasdi CEO Gurjeet Singh uses 'big math' to tame big data

    Gurjeet Singh is CEO and co-founder of a company that reflects an emerging trend in Silicon Valley — the intersection of computer science and mathematics to tackle real world problems.

    San Jose Mercury News
  • Nestlé to collaborate on pregnancy diet research

    Nestlé is to launch its largest ever research partnership, as the world's biggest food company attempts to improve the scientific basis behind its products. The Swiss group's collaboration with the EpiGen, ...

    Financial Times
  • Fish eye sheds light on colour vision

    A fish eye from a primitive time when Earth was but one single continent, has yielded evidence of colour vision dating back at least 300 million years, researchers said Tuesday.

    AFP Relax News
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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
  • 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
  • Take A Tour Of The Best Photos Of Earth From Space

    It doesn't get any more awesome than this.A new time-lapse video from the European Space Agency (above) lets you look back at six months of photos from the International Space Station in just six minutes. The time-lapse features 12,500 photos captured by ESA astronaut and social media celebrity…

    Huffington Post
  • Novozymes axes $36M expansion plan in Cary, heads to RTP for Monsanto partnership

    After months of uncertainty, Novozymes' expansion is back on – just in Research Triangle Park instead of Cary. Novozymes was approved for up to $400,000 in incentives when it announced in April that it would be bringing 100 jobs to Cary – but an undisclosed "complication" with its chosen site had…

    American City Business Journals
  • Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

    NEW YORK (AP) — The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree.

    Associated Press
  • Point to the Paleos: Settling Down on the Farm Made Our Bones Weak

    Science has not been kind to the Paleo diet. Anthropologists have found that the food eaten by our Paleolithic ancestors included much more variety than present-day adherents of the high-protein, high-fat regimen would have you believe. On the health side of things, one recent study found that…

    Takepart.com
  • Complex jobs might help maintain brain fitness in aging

    By Janice Neumann (Reuters) - Regardless of IQ, people who work at complex jobs have a slightly higher chance of being better thinkers as they age, a recent study suggests. “When we look at the association between complexity of work with people or data, we see that those in more complex jobs…

    Reuters
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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
  • Tsunami Science: Advances Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tragedy

    The Indian Ocean tsunami was one of the worst natural disasters in history. The outpouring of aid in response to the devastation in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and elsewhere was unprecedented. Today (Dec. 26), on the 10th anniversary of the deadly tsunami, greatly expanded networks of seismic…

    LiveScience.com
  • Book Talk: Patricia Cornwell on writing about darkness, loss

    By Nicholas P. Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the crime fiction realm, author Patricia Cornwell’s fame may be surpassed only by her brainchild and longtime heroine, forensics expert Kay Scarpetta. In “Flesh and Blood,” Cornwell’s 22nd Scarpetta novel since the series began in 1990, Scarpetta tracks…

    Reuters
  • The Stellar Origins of Your Toothpaste

    Astronomers already knew that most elements have a stellar origin, but multiple theories speculate on the birth of cosmic fluorine.The new study suggests that red giant stars may be the main creators of fluorine, and the element likely originated in the high pressure cores of these sun-like stars.…

    SPACE.com
  • Digging in: How Aceh's past tsunamis cast light on future seismic threats

    Investors in stock markets are cautioned that past performance is not a guide to future events. For scientists who study earthquakes and tsunamis, the opposite is true: Where the earth’s crusts are colliding, the only certainty is that the ground will shake again one day.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

    JOHN DAY, Ore. (AP) — Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in.

    Associated Press
  • 6 Times Holiday Decorations Turned into Disasters

    Each winter, many people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments and tinsel.

    LiveScience.com
  • Birthplace of Winter Holiday Traditions Seen from Space (Photo)

    That's the message a newly released photograph from the International Space Station (ISS) seems to suggest. The photo was captured by an astronaut aboard the ISS as the station orbited over Turkey. The ancient city of Babylon was located in Mesopotamia, just south of the Fertile Crescent, and so…

    LiveScience.com