Ig Nobel Prizes: Why onions make you cry and Enya is bad in the operating room
Let's face it: The Nobel Prizes aren't for everyone. That's why we celebrate the Ig Nobel Prizes, which were handed out Thursday night at Harvard's Sanders Theater.
Ig Nobel awards honor weird, funny discoveries (Update)
(AP)—An experiment that proved people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive and another that showed lost dung beetles can use the Milky Way to find their way home were among the winners at this year's ...
Embryonic stem cells produced in living adult organisms
A team from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) has become the first to make adult cells from a living organism retreat in their evolutionary development to recover the characteristics of embryonic ...
New center to better understand human intelligence, build smarter machines
Siri and Watson may seem brainy in certain situations, but to build truly smart, world-changing machines, researchers must understand how human intelligence emerges from brain activity.
Research duo confirm that yes, people do blush in the dark
A radiating beauty on Mars
(Phys.org) —Exceptional structures deposited and shaped by water and winds adorn these interlocking craters and sculpt radiating patterns in the sands of Mars.
QR code access to Nobel Prizes in Chemistry
Mobile devices equipped with a QR (quick response) code scanning app, which gives consumers instant access to information on the Web, now can give the same access to 110 years of information about the most ...
Breaking the code of royal purple
Royal purple, the color of robes swathing the emperors of Rome, ancient kings and high priests, and prized for its richness of hue and a brightness that wouldn't fade, has long carried its own molecular mystery.
UN set to predict drowning of coastal cities by 2100 (Update)
A leaden cloak of responsibility lies on the shoulders of UN scientists as they put the final touches to the first volume of a massive report that will give the world the most detailed picture yet of climate ...
NASA Ames readies spacecraft to study moon's atmosphere
The moon will soon become a very busy place, as robotic prospectors descend to search for valuables.
The developmental on-switch
German researchers have demonstrated for the first time why the molecular cocktail responsible for generating stem cells works. Sox2 and Oct4 are proteins whose effect on cells resembles that of an eraser: ...
Researchers transform fluorescent proteins into a scaffold for manipulating genes
(Phys.org) —Jonathan Tang had a problem. A graduate student studying neural circuitry in the retina, he wanted to do more than identify fluorescent cells that send signals to the brain. He sought to understand ...
Fast detector for a wide wavelength range
Free-electron lasers are extremely versatile research tools because their intense, super short light flashes permit a closer look at new materials and even biological molecules; thus, allowing effects to ...
Binding together repelling atoms
Basic chemistry tells us that a bond between atoms can form if it is energetically more favorable for the atoms to stick together than staying apart. This fundamentally requires an attractive force between ...