To understand the history of climate change, researchers are digging underneath the ocean floor where organisms and plants have accumulated in sediment over millennia. Maureen Raymo studies this science of paleoclimatology using a vast collection of materials at Columbia University’s…
By Hari Sreenivasan, Sam Weber, Connie Kargbo, Theresa Lewis
Considering language from a biological perspective led researchers to the idea that new food processing technologies affected neolithic human beings' jaws – and allowed new language sounds to emerge.
By Steven Moran, Balthasar Bickel, The Conversation
A new book explains how simple inventions, like the New York City pizza oven, allow certain food producers to dominate their global supply chains.
By Nsikan Akpan, Jamie Leventhal
With his series of crayon works, Ohio artist Christian Faur is not only creating photorealistic portraits out of art supplies traditionally relegated to children, but he’s also making the crayons from scratch. Jackie Shafer of WOSU in Columbus has this…
By Jackie Shafer, WOSU
They wouldn’t survive the deserts of Tatooine or the frigid planet Hoth, but these newly described, tarantula-like spiders are named after the stormtroopers who marched through the “Star Wars” movies.
Despite increasingly dire assessments about the outlook for climate change, it can be difficult to remain mindful of our environment’s health on a daily basis. Jeffrey Brown traveled to the Bay Area to meet Rosten Woo, a Los Angeles-based artist…
By Nsikan Akpan, Julia Griffin, Jamie Leventhal
Math can solve your eternal questions of ordering pizza and explain why folding your pizza is always the strongest move.
By Miles O'Brien
Asbestos is no longer ubiquitous in building materials, and since it's proven to cause cancer, many Americans likely assumed the substance had been banned entirely. But not only is asbestos a naturally occurring mineral, it is also still used to…
By Deepa Burman, Hiren Muzumdar, The Conversation
As clocks march ahead of time Sunday morning and daylight saving time begins, there is a lot of anxiety around losing the hour of sleep and how to adjust to this change.
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