Civil war: Changing a stuck mind

Civil war: Changing a stuck mind

After six decades, the Palestine-Israel stalemate seems hopeless. But could that very hopelessness be blocking a solution? More »

Weather, climate, war

Weather, climate, war

Does climate affect war? A study shows increases in conflict during el Niño periods — but only during the warm, dry part of the cycle. More »

The secret life of cats

The secret life of cats

Humans and cats have enjoyed each other’s company for millennia, but scientists have discovered some troubling secrets of free-roaming More »

Honor thy mother

Honor thy mother

Mother is your first — and most important — relationship. What does science tell us about the effects of mothering? More »

English is optional dep’t

English is optional dep't

Must scientific literature be so darn murky? Do we really need clinkers like “biomedicine” and “astrolicism”? More »

Tsunami: The killer wave

Tsunami: The killer wave

Could an offshore earthquake start a deadly tsunami, as in Sumatra and Japan? Where do tsunamis get their power? How do warning systems More »

Prayer: How does it work?

Prayer: How does it work?

How do victims of domestic violence benefit from prayer? A series of interviews shows a range of mechanisms: from zoning out to More »

Science of spending

Science of spending

Can marketers coerce you to buy stuff you don’t need? How do sound, scent, touch and brand affect buying behavior? More »

Smile: A new view of happiness

Smile: A new view of happiness

Heard the rumor that people are happy — or not — depending on their genes and upbringing? “My bad,” says a 24-year study from More »

Brewing: Doing what comes naturally

Brewing: Doing what comes naturally

People have been controlling fermentation for at least 9,000 years. What did the ancients brew? How did fermenting change society? More »