From genetics to social ties, scientists are discovering why some people—but not others—easily bounce back from trauma. NOVA Next contributor Karen Brown reports on why some people are better at bouncing back than others.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
- “For a long time, people thought that kids with autism didn’t feel pain at all.”
- “The Theory of Everything,” about the life of physicist Stephen Hawking, took away several Golden Globes last night. Learn about Hawking’s black hole theories .
- Cold weather doesn’t just put you in a bad mood. It can weaken your immune system , too.
- This four-finned robot swims like a cuttlefish and is a good alternative to propellers.
- This American Life aired a new episode about blindness, echolocation. Discover how bio-inspired tech could improve blind people’s echolocation strategies .
- Want to gain others’ trust? Wear the scent of lavender .
- The first ever survey of North American snowfall suggests that our snow is pretty dirty .
- A neurochemical trick used to erase memory may be able to turn off chronic pain .
- Coral sites deeper than 6.3 meters (or about 20 feet) are more resilient to the effects of climate change .
- Enjoyed “Big Bang Machine”? Check out another physics odyssey —the story behind the almost-discovery of the century.
- Male and female anole lizards appear to be locked in an evolutionary arms race .
- Humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans . Part of the problem is ocean acidification .
- 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded on Earth. So why doesn’t everyone believe climate change is happening?
- Megatsunami may not have wiped out Europe’s first great civilization— so what did ?