Crickets Alone Will Not Save You, Futurist Foodies

Eating bugs is a great idea!” shout future-minded gourmets, the kinds of people who eat waxworm tacos willingly and feed bug cookies to their coworkers. But are insects like crickets and grasshoppers really the solution to our environmental and food-security woes? Well... maybe not. Not entirely, at least. … » 4/20/15 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

This 'Simple' Puzzle Once Stumped 96% of America's Top Math Students

Twenty years ago, this puzzle appeared on a test administered to top-tier math students from 16 countries around the world. Only 10% of test takers got it right. In the U.S., only 4% managed to provide a correct response. Can you find the “simple” solution that so many intelligent students missed? » 4/19/15 12:20pm Sunday 12:20pm

The Whys, Wherefores, and Wonders of Mathematics

Check out this delightful video of math teacher Paul Lockhart—author of Measurement, "a permanent solution to math phobia by introducing us to mathematics as an artful way of thinking and living"—waxing lyrical about the splendors of mathematics and mathematical thinking, and why "the mathematical question is always… » 4/17/15 3:40pm Friday 3:40pm

Dogs Exploit The Parent-Child Bonding Mechanism To Make You Love Them

Have you ever gazed into your dog's eyes and sensed a remarkably strong connection – almost as if that little fur ball were your child? The results of a newly published study could help explain why this is — and how dogs evolved from wild wolves into the domesticated companions we know (and love) today. » 4/16/15 2:00pm Thursday 2:00pm

World's Oldest Stone Tools Found, Predate Homo Genus By 500,000 Years


Researchers working in Kenya's archaeologically prolific Lake Turkana region claim to have uncovered a set of 3.3-million-year-old stone tools. That's 700,000 years older than the previous record, and predates evidence for the evolutionary origins of the genus Homo by half a million years.
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WHO Says Withholding Results From Clinical Trials Is Unethical

The World Health Organization (WHO) called for greater transparency in medical research this week, moving that results from clinical trials for medical products be disclosed in open, free-to-access publications within twelve months of studies' completion, whatever their findings. » 4/15/15 3:40pm Wednesday 3:40pm

You Can Solve This Puzzle By Counting On Your Fingers

I'm on the road this week. Save for a couple of brief layovers, I've been doing a lot of driving. In light of this, I was inspired to feature a puzzle that could be solved without pen and paper. It was while glancing at my hands (which were, at the time, wrapped around a steering wheel) that this classic brain teaser… » 4/12/15 11:00am 4/12/15 11:00am

This Image Is Why Everyone's So Excited About A NASA Mission To Europa

NASA wants to visit Jupiter's moon Europa. Why's that exciting? In a word: Water. As this visualization shows, the icy moon may look tiny next to our own planet, but it's got 2- to 3-times as much H2O as we have here on Earth. That "little" moon is packing quite the store of water — and with it, scientists think, a… » 4/08/15 12:00pm 4/08/15 12:00pm

Oliver Sacks On His Treatment And "General Feeling Of Disorder"


In the April 23rd issue of the New York Review of Books, Oliver Sacks – who, in January of this year, learned that his liver was overrun by metastatic cancer – writes with characteristic skill on the shifts in constitution that frequently accompany illness, treatment, and convalescence. » 4/08/15 10:45am 4/08/15 10:45am

Isaac Newton's Rainbow Gaze, As Imagined By Mana Morimoto

Fiber artist Mana Morimoto adds colorful embroidery to a diverse range of media, including sculptures and concert tickets. This augmented etching of Isaac Newton (hit the jump for the full image) is one of our favorites. See more of Morimoto's work on Tumblr and Cargo Collective, or purchase prints on Society 6. » 4/08/15 8:20am 4/08/15 8:20am

NASA Invests In Ultra-Lightweight Tech For Missions To Mars And Beyond

For future deep-space missions, NASA wants to reduce the mass of its spacecraft by 40 percent. To do it, they'll need ultra-lightweight (ULW) materials. Today, the Agency announced its selection of three proposals that will develop and manufacture these materials "for future aerospace vehicles and structures." » 4/07/15 4:00pm 4/07/15 4:00pm