Bookin’ science: Best of the batch.

If (gasp!) the subject is too big for a Whyfile, hit the books. Here, we review four great science books, on evolution, environment, fighting nature, and discovering motherly love.

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ancient map of astrological signs

Must scientific literature be so darn murky? Do we really need clinkers like “biomedicine” and “astrolicism”? What if they just wrote English for a change? Join us for an entertaining tour of the dark side of the scientific enterprise! More »

Scraps of ancient textiles found

Scraps of ancient textiles found
Flax, the basis for linen, was spun and dyed, and lost in the mud. More than 30,000 years later, microscopic flax fibers provide the first cord in archeological history. More »

The sounds of sax

New study shows that controlling throat shape helps pro players hit the high notes that elude amateurs. More »

Toddler’s “vocabulary explosion,” explained

A toddler suddenly begins to learn 10 words a day. Does this reflect some innate genius for language, or could it have a less dramatic explanation? New research de-glamorizes the vocab explosion. More »

Lovable Loot: Vaunted Vase Heads “Home”

Art, like fossils, can be stolen. What’s at the story on looting art, antiques, and fossils? Does it make sense for big museums to keep artifacts, or should it all go back to source countries? More »

Old Is Beautiful. Ancient Script Found!

Who invented writing in the New World? New find in Guatemala may give credit to the Mayans, even though this is probably not the first Mayan writing. More »

Art Crimes

How do modern art-sleuths fight art fraud and theft with high technology? What’s up with the Shroud of Turin? How does radiation help? More »

Writing Invented: When, Why and How?

Who invented writing? And for what purpose? A tale of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China and the Maya. What happens when pictograms are not enough… More »