Full story - May 21, 2019
a white bottle of Oxycontin sits on a shelf.
With overdoses becoming an increasing problem in the US, its more important than ever to understand how our brains react to drugs. Judith Grisel, a former drug addict turned neuroscientist, explains how our brains become addicted to drugs and shares her story.
Full story - May 06, 2019
A woman's hands hold a medical tube next to a small box.
As genetic information becomes more readily available because of companies like 23andMe, scientists are finding new ways to treat diseases through gene therapy.
Full story - April 15, 2019
History is full of examples of loonshots that have been dismissed by those in the mainstream.
Full story - April 09, 2019
A chimpanzee holds a grey blanket up in a tree.
New research has shown that behaviors previously thought to be unique to humans may not really be. Many human behaviors and abilities such as stylistic fashion and the use of fire are starting to be observed in the animal kingdom, leading scientists to question what we thought we knew about animal behavior.
Full story - April 01, 2019
A man holds a guitar in his arms. Behind him are four more guitars on stands.
Les Paul and Leo Fender, inventors of the solid-body electric guitar, didn't like what rock musicians did with their instrument, says one author.
Full story - March 15, 2019
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Obsessed with work, insensitive, socially detached, and neglectful of family and friends — these may not be the most endearing qualities in a person, but they are just a few of the common characteristics a researcher found when studying some of the world’s most famous and prolific inventors.
Full story - March 11, 2019
Magnified red microbes float among a yellow background
Take a look around — you might not be able to see them, but they are everywhere. We are surrounded by forests of bacteria and microbes. And it turns out, that might not be such a bad thing. But our obsession with cleanliness could be.
Full story - March 04, 2019
An overhead view of people sitting at a table. In front of each person is a microphone and a name badge.
As China and the US negotiate a trade deal, it's a strategy — not intellectual property theft — that is boosting China's innovation, argues an economics professor.
Full story - February 26, 2019
A man holds a cell phone in front of a computer screen.
A computer science professor at Georgetown University says people should be more thoughtful about how they use technology. Cal Newport says users should delete random apps and rebuild their digital lives from scratch 'with real intention.'
Full story - February 05, 2019
Students walk in front of a tall brick building on a university campus
Many college graduates struggle to find a job and why employers are increasingly requiring college degrees (or higher) from job applicants. One economist says cutting government funding for education could help fix the problem.