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Why Do Our Brains Have Folds?

Most of us have long accepted that our brains look like overgrown, shriveled walnuts. But why do our brains have those telltale wrinkles?

Beachgoers Beware? 5 Pathogens That Lurk In Sand

Beach sand can harbor a number of bacteria, parasites and fungi that are linked with diseases.

Water May Not Be the Only Sign of Alien Life

A new study suggests also looking for «bioessential» elements when searching for alien life.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment


What Is Transgender?

The term transgender describes people whose gender identity differs from the sex to which they were assigned at birth.

The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution

The Galápagos Islands archipelago is home to a complex ecosystem that inspired renowned naturalist Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution.

Mars Will Soon 'Reverse Its Course' in the Sky

Mars continues to approach Earth as the Red Planet grows steadily brighter, but on June 28, it will halt its normal eastward motion among the stars and turn back toward the west — a strange change in its nightly wandering that befuddled ancient stargazers

Here's What Killed 13 Bald Eagles ... and Their Raccoon Dinner

Wildlife experts have partially solved a murder mystery regarding the deaths of 13 bald eagles, but they still don't know who did it.

How Parents and Doctors Can Support Transgender Children

There's a lot of misinformation out there for parents about doctors and gender non-conforming and transgender children. Here's the truth.

Mars Had a Seriously Crazy Volcanic Past, New Study of 'UFO' Rocks Reveals

Bizarre rock formation known as Medusae Fossae weren't created by UFOs crash-landing, but rather by massive volcanism on the Red Planet.

The 'Perfect' Human Body Is Not What You Think

What makes a so-called perfect body?

Is This Leonardo Da Vinci's Oldest Surviving Work? It's Doubtful.

It's a small piece — merely a square tile depicting a curly-haired Archangel Gabriel — but it may be the oldest surviving artwork by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci.

Here's What Killed 13 Bald Eagles, Some of Them Teenagers

Wildlife experts have partially solved a murder mystery regarding the deaths of 13 bald eagles, but they still don't know who did it.

Physicists Just Found the Last Missing Protons and Neutrons In the Universe

he universe's missing baryons have been found, and they're floating between the stars in the form of superhot oxygen.

This Royal Chinese Tomb Contains an Ape Previously Unknown to Science

About 2,300 years ago, the grandmother of China's first emperor received an elaborate burial outfitted with a macabre menagerie of buried animals — notably, the remains of an ancient, extinct gibbon that was previously unknown to science.

Antarctica Is Getting Taller, and Here’s Why

The ground under Antarctica's ice is on the move, rising more rapidly than ever recorded.

Could Herpes Viruses Play a Role in Alzheimer's? New Study Backs Theory

Alzheimer's brains had up to twice as much of two common strains of herpes viruses than non-Alzheimer's brains.

Scientists Piped Music Into Women's Wombs to See If Fetuses Like Freddie Mercury

Music is the perfect mental stimulation for babies... even before they're born.

A Dead Great White Shark on Santa Cruz Beach Leads to a Criminal Investigation

A dead great white shark is now the subject of a criminal investigation in California.

Photos: Great White Shark Mysteriously Washes Up on a California Beach

California's Department of Fish and Wildlife has opened up a law-enforcement investigation after this dead great white shark washed up on a Santa Cruz beach.

Koko, the Gorilla Who Used Sign Language, Is Dead at 46

Koko, the western lowland gorilla who signed her way into people's hearts, died in her sleep.

This Is NASA's New Plan to Detect and Destroy Asteroids Before They Hit Earth

NASA has updated its plans to deflect potentially hazardous Earth-bound asteroids — and none of them involve Bruce Willis.

Breads Made of Powdered Crickets May Be Loaded with Bacterial Spores

That's a setback for what is otherwise a highly nutritious bread.

How Does the Summer Solstice Affect Animals?

Even if humans have trouble telling time in the «land of the midnight sun,» many animals can adjust their schedules to the summer solstice.

Obama's Ears Inspired the Name of this 550-Million-Year-Old Critter

The ears of former U.S. President Barack Obama are so distinct, they inspired the scientific name of a newly identified 550-million-year-old critter: Obamus coronatus.

Vitamin D May Not Protect Against These Dangerous Pregnancy Complications

Proper nutrition during pregnancy is important for mother and baby, but there's been a debate about exactly how much vitamin D pregnant women need.

T. Rex Lived a Life Devoid of Kisses and Tongue Wagging, New Deflating Study Reveals

T. rex would have been terrible at licking stamps, lollipops or popsicles.

T. Rex's Tongue Wasn't Built for Long-Distance Licking

T. rex would have been terrible at licking stamps, lollipops or popsicles.

A Weird Lump on a Woman's Face Turned Out to Be a Worm Crawling Under Her Skin

When a woman in Russia noticed a small lump under her left eye, she snapped a selfie. Then, the lump moved.

Separated Migrant Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma

How can the absence of hugs and comforting from their parents affect children?

Should the US Have a Military Presence in Space?

President Donald Trump's call this week that to create a sixth branch of the U.S. military — which he called the «Space Force» — has reopened a wider debate on the military's role in space.

These Bizarre Sea Monsters Once Ruled the Ocean

The Cambrian explosion, when simple life forms rapidly evolved to more complex creatures, produced some beautiful, bizarre, and mysterious animals

Idaho Was Once Swarming with Ancient Buzz-Saw-Faced Sharks

his bizarre shark was 25 feet long and had teeth that looked like a buzz saw.

There's No Way World Cup Soccer Fans Caused an Earthquake in Mexico, Seismic Expert Says

The soccer earthquake that wasn't.

Ötzi the Iceman Had Just Sharpened His Tools Days Before His Murder

Days before his violent murder in the Italian Alps about 5,300 years ago, Ötzi the iceman re-sharpened his tools, likely with his right hand, according to a new analysis of the cut marks on his belongings.

The 10 Weirdest Medical Cases in the Animal Kingdom

A deer with two heads found near the Mississippi River and a mountain lion with teeth and hair growing from its forehead are just two such oddball cases in the animal kingdom.

Mystery 'Dogman' Beast Shot in Montana Was Just a Gray Wolf, DNA Shows

When the beast was found, its features led to some pretty wild speculation about whether it was a dire wolf, a dog-wolf hybrid or perhaps a dog-human hybrid (seriously, people?).

Photos: Ancient Shrimp-Like Critter Was Tiny But Fierce

About 508 million years ago, a fierce water beastie with paddles and a shrimp-like tail sped through the water, hunting for prey.

SpongeBob NoPants? Bizarre 'Nude' Sea Creature May Be a Sponge Relative After All

A «nude» sponge-like animal that lived 500,000 years ago is offering compelling new clues about early animal evolution.
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