Article, Science

Morals, Mammaries, and the Invention of the Stethoscope

Matt Soniak

In 1816, French physician Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec had a young woman on his exam table, and no idea what to do with her.

Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

Miss Cellania

Ada Lovelace has been called the world's first computer programmer. What she did was write the world’s first machine algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper.

Saving Shrimp Might Help Combat Disease and Turn a Profit

Matt Soniak

Macrobrachium vollenhovenii is a big name for a little creature, a freshwater prawn found throughout West Africa.

Study Shows Some Worker Ants Don’t Work At All

Matt Soniak

A research team has taken the famously industrious ant down a peg, showing that many ants don’t do their fair share of work—or any work at all.

Does Drinking Alcohol Kill Brain Cells?

Matt Soniak

No, but it does cause temporary damage that can become permanent with alcoholism.

Watch a Slow-Motion Video of Lightning in Action

Shaunacy Ferro

Well, "slow" is a relative term.

What is Chimerism?

Kate Horowitz

Chimerism is sibling rivalry at its most primal.

These Weird Sea Creatures Puke Their Guts Up in Self-Defense

Matt Soniak

If you think it’s impressive when a dog rolls over and plays dead or a lizard regenerates its lost tail, the sea squirt Polycarpa mytiligera has a trick that will really blow your mind.

Farming May Be Much Older Than We Thought

Shaunacy Ferro

Israeli researchers say a band of hunter-gatherers began experimenting with plant cultivation some 23,000 years ago.

NASA's Kepler Mission Finds Earth's Distant Cousin

Rebecca OConnell

We can think of Kepler-452b as an older, bigger cousin to Earth.