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From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of...
Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of task

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of task

Many of us listen to music while we work, thinking that it will help us to concentrate on the task at hand. And...
We’d rather that bridges never wobbled—but here’s why they do

We’d rather that bridges never wobbled—but here’s why they do

Bridges are our way of bandaging holes in the earth that are too vast for our frail bodies to cross. They’re band-aids between...
A psychologist explains why those Facebook product ads are so darn compelling

A psychologist explains why those Facebook product ads are so darn compelling

You probably want to own a mattress you’ve seen advertised on Facebook. Or maybe it’s not a mattress you crave, maybe it’s that...
More evidence that the dinosaurs were super unlucky with regards to that whole asteroid thing

More evidence that the dinosaurs were super unlucky with regards to that whole asteroid...

66 million years ago, an asteroid about 6 miles wide flamed across the sky and slammed into a sloping continental shelf, just off...
Animated fossils are helping scientists rediscover extinct species

Animated fossils are helping scientists rediscover extinct species

Who can forget Steven Spielberg’s first Jurassic Park movie in 1993? How eagerly did we anticipate that bellowing T-Rex? Or gasp at the...
This fungus has over 23,000 sexes and no qualms about it

This fungus has over 23,000 sexes and no qualms about it

Fungi don’t abide by gender constructs. They live uninhibited (albeit unconscious) lives, mating freely with almost any other member of their species. In...
How do you breed a 2,624-pound pumpkin?

How do you breed a 2,624-pound pumpkin?

Science Other record-breaking produce could fit in a backpack, but pumpkins can be massive. ...
The ozone hole is at its smallest size since 1988, thanks to hot air and a massive international effort

The ozone hole is at its smallest size since 1988, thanks to hot air...

One of the layers of atmosphere that protects all life on our planet is the width of two pennies, and hangs out six...
We may have a new cousin in this orangutan species—but it’s in big trouble

We may have a new cousin in this orangutan species—but it’s in big trouble

Not every announcement of a newly discovered species feels like a huge deal. Thousands of new critters get their names in print every...
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Dandelion fluff makes a surprisingly effective parachute

Dandelion fluff makes a surprisingly effective parachute

Dandelions and their relatives are pretty seasoned voyagers. Their seeds can sometimes travel 100 miles on the wind, and even drift over the...
Jenna Johnson Teases Dancing With the Stars’ Finale Will Be Full of Surprises and the Holiday Spirit

Jenna Johnson Teases Dancing With the Stars’ Finale Will Be Full of Surprises and...

Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Jenna Johnson, now...
Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore

Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore

But what’s even more broadly consequential is that Mr. Moore denies the authority of the...
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