A detailed new map shows that people comprehend words by using regions across the brain, not just in one dedicated language center.
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A teen discovered that extracts from leaves of the San Francisco plant (Codiaeum variegatum) kill larvae of the mosquito that helps spread the Zika and dengue fever viruses.
Dolphins produce clicking noises that bounce off of prey, like sonar, showing where they are. Mucus in the animals’ nasal passages may make that ‘sonar’ work.
Bed bugs change their color preferences as they get older. Adults like red and black, which may help the dark bugs avoid predators.
A new technique can help engineers figure out where a bird or other object collided with a wind turbine or other whirling blade.
Scientists identify the brain region responsible for recognizing facial expressions in others. It helps us know whether others are happy or sad.
Thousands of severely paralyzed people could venture into cyberspace with the use of this new tongue-controlled computer mouse. It was developed by a teen.
Melting sea ice is forcing polar bears to swim long distances — up to nine days in one case. Such long treks may be more than the bears can handle.
Thousands of bones in Belize’s Midnight Terror Cave show that the Maya had a long tradition of human sacrifices. New data show that many had been children.
Two New York teens have designed an inexpensive subway grate to block floodwaters from getting into subway tunnels.
Scientists recorded peacocks with high-speed video cameras to learn the basic mechanics behind the shows they put on for peahens.
The germ killers we use and the drugs we take don’t just disappear. They can end up in the environment. There they can harm aquatic organisms, three teens showed.
Snakes are paler in the South and darker in the North. The darker species absorb heat more quickly, a teen showed.
Scientists find different ways of exploring places humans will never visit — and drawing maps to help us better understand such mysterious places.
Scientists have long been looking for ways to make rechargeable batteries that last forever. They now may be close. Their solution: gel-dipped nanowires.
Lizards seem to alternate between two sleep states, just as mammals and birds do. This finding could change our understanding of how sleep evolved.
Scientists have identified what makes a squid's sucker teeth so strong. The findings may one day prove useful in medicine.
A new study finds that a ‘cocktail’ of chemicals in the brain can directly cause mice to fall asleep or waken.
Top three prizes — adding up to $175,000 — are a small fraction of the approximately $4 million just handed out at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Sometimes doctors advise people to keep a leg elevated, but there’s no footstool to rest it on. A teen designed a brace with a built-in kickstand.
Two teens have invented a gadget that can help the blind identify the value of a banknote based on its color.
The eye’s retina is distinctly different in people with Alzheimer’s disease compared to those with no signs of the malady, two teens now report finding. It could lead to earlier diagnosis of the brain disease.
When vaccines and blood get too warm or cold, they can become useless. Two teens invented ways to keep their temperatures just right, no matter where they are.
When insects suffer wounds, they can mend their ‘skeleton’ with a patch on the inside. This makes the leg strong again, new data show.
Fossils show that baby titanosaurs looked like mom and dad. They may have been active and independent from a young age.
Last winter, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider detected hints of a particle beyond their wildest dreams. Soon they may learn if it’s real.
Tiny test tubes might one day replace sprawling data-storage centers, thanks to a new way to encode and retrieve information on strands of synthetic DNA.
Wearing earplugs at concerts and other loud events may prevent hearing loss and permanent ear damage, a new study suggests.
Many people don’t realize that sounds — even those of the music they love — can prove harmful when they get too loud.
Ribose, a sugar in RNA, may have formed in space and then rained down on a young Earth, a new study suggests.
A new technology uses high-frequency sound waves to create virtual objects you can feel. Its uses include better video games and safer driving.