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Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

Study Links Sleeplessness and False Confessions

An interrogation room in a police precinct in Harlem. Close to 20 percent of interrogations occur during normal sleep hours, midnight to 8 a.m., a new study notes.

Moving, Without Feet to Do So

Moving, Without Feet to Do So

Cilia are hairlike structures that project from cells. They can move in coordinated, rhythmic waves that propel organisms through water.

Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

A bee’s sting won’t hurt an elephant’s tough hide, but bees can swarm and wound more sensitive places like the trunk, eyes and mouth.

A Suitcase-Size Satellite’s Big Image of Frozen Earth Below

A Suitcase-Size Satellite’s Big Image of Frozen Earth Below

An image made by the Iceye-X1 satellite showing the Noatak National Preserve in northwest Alaska.

With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low

With 86% Drop, California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Hits Record Low

The population of western monarch butterflies in California dropped to a record low last year, according to a nonprofit conservation group.

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

The view from the summit of "Mount Thoreau" looking south toward the Palisades and the Northern boundary of Kings Canyon National Park.

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Two Urchins, Similar but Not

Many different species do similar things. The pencil sea urchin and green sea urchin, for example, are both grazers in the coastal waters of the Galapagos Islands.

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure

Is the pleasure of enjoying a Leonardo da Vinci painting really any different than the pleasure we get from eating chocolate?

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

A colored transmission electron micrograph of a human serous cell’s nucleus, with its nucleolus in purple. The nucleolus functions as the sort of brain of the nucleus, making rRNA, a basic ingredient for making proteins.

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

Unlocking Secrets of Sour Flavors With Something Found in Your Ears

A protein found in the inner ear also exists in cells that help us perceive sour tastes, according to a new study.

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

Dr. Eske Willerslev, director of the Center for GeoGenetics at the University of Copenhagen, earlier this month.

Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.

Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.

An arctic fox near Helagsfjället mountain in Sweden. Foxes in the area were severely inbred until three males from a Norwegian captive breeding population turned up.

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

A crow picking up a discarded cigarette at Puy du Fou, a theme park in France that has enlisted six birds as tiny, winged maintenance workers.

This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It

This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It

An artist's impression of 2004 EW95, a relic of the primordial solar system, which scientists believe originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter but now floats beyond Neptune.

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

Scientists say a recording of disturbing sounds made by American diplomats in Cuba actually may be of a very loud cricket species.

The Known: Cancer Is Really, Really Old. The Unknown: How Common It Was.

The Known: Cancer Is Really, Really Old. The Unknown: How Common It Was.

Evidence of a cancerous tumor was found on a bone fossil dating back 1.7 million years.


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