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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Top Stories: Empathetic Elephants, Healing Hearing, and Earth-Like Exoplanets
21 February 2014 3:30 pm
Scientists have always thought elephants were empathetic, but now they have more evidence. They've proven that Asian elephants get distressed when they see others in trouble, and they reach out to console them—just like humans do when we see someone suffering.
When you hear a friend’s voice, you immediately picture her, even if you can’t see her. From her tone, you can tell if she’s happy or sad. You can do all of this because your human brain has a “voice area.” Now, scientists have discovered that dog brains, too, have dedicated voice areas. Does your dog always seem to know what you're feeling? Now you know why!
Slated for launch in 2024, a new European Space Agency mission called PLATO will hunt for alien worlds deemed habitable. PLATO will search for exoplanets using what is known as the transit method, a technique already employed with great success by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
We use cells deep inside our ears called hair cells to detect sound. Once they're destroyed, they're gone forever—that's one of the reasons we lose hearing as we get older. But now, scientists think they may actually be able to regrow hair cells, potentially opening up a way to treat deafness in humans.
Remember those amazing papers released in January reporting that acid baths might be an amazingly simple key to generating stem cells? There may be a problem with them. Anonymous bloggers and some experts have spotted possible image manipulation in the papers. The lead researcher’s institution is investigating.