Of course, scientists often disagree with each other. But they are proud to agree on what new evidence it would take to change their minds. The route to any discovery will be published and whoever follows the same route should…Read more

Before we begin our exploration, it may help to consider the other end of this equation and its evolution—toxicology, the ancient science of poisons and poisoning, and the modern science we rely on for protection today. We know that humans…Read more

Islands are full of oddities. But of all the crazy species that have evolved on islands, my favorite example of insular idiosyncrasy is straight out of Bedrock. Bedrock, Cobblestone County, that is, home of Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble. Knowledgeable…Read more

Aerogels were not of alien origin, I found out, but they nevertheless had a very strange back-story: they were invented in the 1930s by a man called Samuel Kistler, an American farmer turned chemist, who conjured them into existence solely…Read more

Even if you delete an e-mail the moment you read it on your computer or mobile phone, that doesn’t necessarily erase the content. There’s still a copy of it somewhere. Web mail is cloud-based, so in order to be able…Read more

A working hypothesis is that oxytocin released during mating activates those limbic sites rich in oxytocin receptors to confer some lasting and selective reinforcement value on the mate.  Or, to put it more poetically, you fall in love.  What is…Read more

A glacier such as the one above Valdez is like a giant milling machine moving across the landscape. The weight of the ice causes the glacier to move, very slowly, downhill with gravity, and as it does it scours the…Read more

Of all life’s solar-induced rhythms, this daily plunge into darkness is the most familiar. Yet how much do you know about the vision you’ve used every night of your life? As darkness descends, our pupils expand to triple their previous…Read more