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Are Dogs Probiotic?

Recent studies raise new questions about how much pets can help—and hurt—human health -- Read more on

Are Astronomers on the Verge of Finding an Exomoon?

It would be a huge discovery, but until they train the Hubble on a possible candidate, they won't know for sure—so stay tuned -- Read more on

Is It Art or Is It Science?

An exhibition at Princeton University is a bit of both -- Read more on

Nobelists, Students and Journalists Grapple with the Antiscience Movement

The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in an ancient German city takes on an extremely timely problem -- Read more on

Are You Afraid of Sharks? Don't be.

Instead, celebrate them as magnificent predators crucial to the health of oceans—before it's too late -- Read more on

The Internet of Living Things

Volunteers around the world and pocket-size genomic sequencers could an increasing role in protecting global health and ecosystems -- Read more on

Betty Shannon, Unsung Mathematical Genius

Her husband, Claude, helped create the computer revolution, but few knew that she was his closest collaborator -- Read more on

Helping Recipients of Food Assistance Use Their Benefits Wisely

Behavioral techniques can help stretch a month’s worth of help so it actually lasts a month -- Read more on

Putting the Public at Risk

The Trump Administration is undoing a legacy of science-based protections -- Read more on

When Older Drugs are Better Drugs

Pharmaceutical firms want doctors to use the newest medications on the market—but that’s not always the right choice -- Read more on

Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware

It’s not easy, but a newly proposed test might be able to detect consciousness in a machine -- Read more on

Mental Illness Is Far More Common Than We Knew

New research suggests that nearly everyone will develop a psychological disorder at some point in their lives—but for most, it’s temporary -- Read more on

What Would It Take to Get an Effective Alzheimer's Drug?

Clinical trial failures kick off a search for new approaches -- Read more on

Mental Illness Is Common, but Long-lasting Mental Illness is Rare

New research suggests that nearly everyone will develop a psychological disorder at some point in their lives—but for most, it’s temporary -- Read more on

Does Empathy and Warmth Make a Physician Seem More Competent?

New research suggests that in many cases the answer is yes -- Read more on

A Hard Look in the Climate Mirror

One scientist looks at her own carbon emissions—and makes some major lifestyle changes -- Read more on

Do We Need Renaissance People Any More?

Even in an age of ultra-specialization, says an astrophysicist in a new book, we absolutely do -- Read more on

Scientists Should Talk Directly to the Public

Our work helps answer some of society's greatest challenges, but it's usually conveyed with technical language in journals most citizens never see -- Read more on

Peering Beneath the Surface of Ancient Manuscripts

To save on parchment, monks would overwrite older documents to create new ones—but a new tool can reveal what lies beneath -- Read more on

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