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Cool move: 300-ton Chinese stone carving likely transported on ice

The 7 million tourists who visit China's Forbidden City every year encounter a fascinating question: How did ancient Chinese workers manage to put in...

Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries

Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for...

Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S.

In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation...

Feeling pleasure at the misfortune of those you envy is biological

A new study by Princeton University researchers shows that people are actually biologically responsive to taking pleasure in the pain of others, a reaction...

Small bits of genetic material fight cancer’s spread

A class of molecules called microRNAs may offer cancer patients two ways to combat their disease. Researchers at Princeton University have found that microRNAs —...
Not quite Brainstorm, but getting closer

Brain may rely on computer-like mechanism to make sense of novel...

Our brains give us the remarkable ability to make sense of situations we’ve never encountered before—a familiar person in an unfamiliar place, for example,...

Beautiful brushstrokes are drawn from data

A good painter uses simple strokes of a brush to bring texture, contrast and depth to a blank canvas. In comparison, computer programs can...

Tropical forests ‘fix’ themselves

Tropical forests speed their own recovery, capturing nitrogen and carbon faster after being logged or cleared for agriculture. Researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical...

Medicaid Change Could Cut Unintended Pregnancies, Save $215 Million

A revised Medicaid sterilization policy that removes logistical barriers, including a mandatory 30-day waiting period, could potentially honor women’s reproductive decisions, reduce the number...

Climate change, violence escalation a match made in hell

Should climate change trigger the upsurge in heat and rainfall that scientists predict, people may face a threat just as perilous and volatile as...

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