How easy is it to spot a lie?

“Who broke Grandma’s favorite vase?” As you listen to a chorus of “I don’t know” and “Not me,” how will you determine the culprit? Conventional wisdom says, divide and conquer, but what does scientific research show us...

Researchers pinpoint enzyme that triggers cell demise in ALS

Scientists from Harvard Medical School (HMS) have identified a key instigator of nerve cell damage in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive and incurable neurodegenerative disorder. Researchers say the findings of their study, published Aug....

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot

Ateam of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3-D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3-D-printed robot — nicknamed the “octobot” — could pave the way for a...

Using light to control genome editing

The genome-editing system known as CRISPR allows scientists to delete or replace any target gene in a living cell. MIT researchers have now added an extra layer of control over when and where this gene editing occurs, by making the system responsive to light. With the...

Chimpanzees Choose Cooperation Over Competition

When given a choice between cooperating or competing, chimpanzees choose to cooperate five times more frequently Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers have found. This, the researchers say, challenges the perceptions humans are unique in our ability to...

Norwegian prisons rehabilitate criminal offenders

The research project “The Social Costs of incarceration” is the largest study of imprisonment and return to a normal life that has ever been conducted in Europe. In the study, researchers looked at prison sentences linked to recidivism. In addition, the...

Cyber researchers create chip that checks for sabotage

With the outsourcing of microchip design and fabrication a worldwide, $350 billion business, bad actors along the supply chain have many opportunities to install malicious circuitry in chips. These “Trojan horses” look harmless but can allow attackers to sabotage...

African bird shows signs of evil stepdad behavior

An African desert-dwelling male bird favours his biological sons and alienates his stepsons, suggests research published today in Biological Letters. “Nepotism has likely played a vital role in the evolution of family life in this species,” said Martha...

NASA Symposium: Futuristic Space Exploration Concepts

Each year, NASA funds a handful of futuristic concepts to push forward the boundaries of space exploration. These early-stage proposals are selected with the hope of developing new ideas into realistic proofs-of-concept. From Aug. 23 to 25, the NASA Innovative...

Test for Damp Ground at Mars’ Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don’t hold much water, according to the latest findings from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. The new results from NASA’s Mars Odyssey mission rely on...

Parents, Listen up: Children Keep Still During Prayer

Preschool-aged children, and their parents, are more likely to view the physical actions of prayer (i.e., closing eyes, folding hands) to help with reflection and communicating with God. This is according to a new study by Rebekah Richert, a psychology professor at...

Research sheds new light on proton behavior

Con­sider: You’ve always thought that the only way to travel from northern New Jersey to New York City was over the Hudson River via the George Wash­ington Bridge. Then one day there’s a news flash: The Lin­coln Tunnel through the Hudson is actu­ally much more...

Why are we so afraid to leave children alone?

Leaving a child unattended is considered taboo in today’s intensive parenting atmosphere, despite evidence that American children are safer than ever. So why are parents denying their children the same freedom and independence that they themselves enjoyed as children?...

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