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Sperm whales appear to learn the sounds they use to socialize. That suggests they have some form of culture.
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Alcohol and binge drinking can harm teens. New research shows teen drinking may leave a lasting legacy.
Scientists find that strong teen friendships — and a tendency to follow the crowd — may lead to better health in their 20s.
Bronze Age communities from southern England to Scotland appear to mummified their dead. Tests show this occurred between roughly 3,000 and 4,000 years ago.
New research links fresh air in classrooms to test scores. Elementary-school students in stuffy classrooms, it found, may perform worse on standardized tests.
Mars hosts surface salt deposits. They appear to come from seasonal water flows on the Red Planet, a new study concludes.
Fossils found in an underground cave in South Africa may be from a previously unknown species of the human genus, Homo.
Dogs love to roll around in the grass. But if there is weed killer around, it could end up on — and in — our furry pals.
Scientists using ground-penetrating radar discovered a massive stone monument, now buried, at a prehistoric village near Stonehenge.
Scientists had thought that hummingbird tongues work through capillary action. A new study, though, concludes they work like little pumps.
A study of first- and second- graders found that kids whose parents fear math learn less math at school ¬— but only when parents help with homework.
The 8.3-magnitude Chilean earthquake offered an unexpected chance to test a new way of predicting tsunami damage.
A new study finds that young men who had experienced lots of stress early in life carried a lasting legacy — changes in the size and shape of their brains.
A chemical meant to kill moths affects the behavior of some spiders. It alters the spiders’ ability to capture prey — including those moths.
Former President Jimmy Carter has a potentially lethal type of skin cancer that has already spread to his liver and brain. Recent improvements in medicine may help him fight it.
Hormone-interfering chemicals make mice less social and may also alter their weight, a study finds. That affected the animals’ confidence — and behavior.
Many factors can prevent one study from matching another in all regards, including its findings. Those factors may have nothing to do with mischief.
The school bell dings too early for U.S. tweens and teens, a survey finds. Most kids start class well before the recommended 8:30 a.m.
Scientists have found the tenth planet with two suns. Such planets might be more common than single-sun planets, like our own, a new survey suggests.
A new study finds vapers who don’t smoke are likely to start — even when they initially had no intention of ever taking up a cigarette.
Researchers are working to untangle the highly complex relationship between our biology and our identity. In some individuals, a conflict can emerge, leading to a transgender identity.
People grappling with gender identity issues (and their families) face difficult choices. As society increasingly accepts transgender youth, more research is needed to understand how better to support them.
Physicist Stephen Hawking says light sliding along the outside of a black hole holds the key to understanding what’s inside.
A new study shows how some parasitic plants evolved the ability to sense a potential host — and then send out root-like structures to feed on them.
It’s a myth that boa constrictors kill by suffocation. A new study shows the snakes actually squeeze off blood flow, stopping the hearts of their prey.
A new study suggests stress can affect our behavior — and willpower — by making tasty foods look more irresistible.
Opinions about climate change — whether it exists, what’s causing it and how dangerous it is — vary greatly around the world.
Materials found in dust, including common fats, may trigger human fat cells to grow. This might promote weight gain, some scientists worry.
Ancestral humans and their extinct relatives had much more DNA than do people today, a new study finds. It mapped genetic differences over time among 125 different human groups.