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Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

A protein found in the inner ear also exists in cells that help us perceive sour tastes, according to a new study.

The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

The Famine Ended 70 Years Ago, but Dutch Genes Still Bear Scars

A victim of starvation during the Dutch famine of 1944-45. Women pregnant during the period gave birth to babies who were affected by health problems throughout their lives.

Owls See the World Much Like We Do

Owls See the World Much Like We Do

Even though barn owls have simple brains, a new study suggests they can visually process objects in ways similar to that of animals with more sophisticated perception.

New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question

New Insights From Old DNA, Flowing Ants, Insecticides in Question

A computer-generated image of a single Neanderthal toe bone found in a Siberian cave in 2010.

Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’

The Caño Cristales in Colombia, home to Macarenia clavigera, which turns the river bright colors in the rainy season. It has become a tourist attraction, but oil reserves nearby have pitted the government against a petroleum company.

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

Dark Spots in Our Knowledge of Neptune

An image of Neptune taken by the Voyager spacecraft in August 1989, showing the storm, known as the Great Dark Spot, near the left side of the planet.

The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA

The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA

Creatures as diverse as the humpback whale and the ladybug all descend from the very first animal, which appeared hundreds of millions of years ago.

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

Pronghorn antelope along a fence northwest of Casper, Wyo. A study has found that wildlife move far less in regions where humans are present, ultimately threatening the viability of a species.

A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely

A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely

Clockwise from top, researchers Richard Roberts, Vladimir Ulianov and Maxim Kozlikin in a chamber of the Denisova cave in Siberia, where the fossil of a 90,000-year-old human hybrid was discovered.

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Every 202,500 Years, Earth Wanders in a New Direction

Earth’s gravitational interactions with other planets — particularly Venus, because it is very near — affect the shape of its orbit.

New Wearable Sensor Can Collect Data From Sweat

New Wearable Sensor Can Collect Data From Sweat

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France wiped sweat from his face during the Australian Open. Researchers say their new wearable sensor can measure perspiration for conditions like dehydration and fatigue.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

Graduation at City College in New York in 2016. A study in Iceland focusing on education suggests that parental genes may help determine how long children stay in school.

NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President

NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President

Vice President Mike Pence at the National Space Council’s first meeting in Chantilly, Va., in October.

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

A specimen of the Chimerarachne yingi, an ancient relative of spiders that had a long, whip-like tail that was probably used as a sensory organ.


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