Inspiring Discoveries


Buried Mayan Village Yields New Insights Into Ancient Agriculture

April 3, 2013, 5:11 am

An ancient Mayan village buried in volcanic ash for centuries has revealed unusually well-preserved houses, crops, and gardens.

A Higgs, the Higgs … is maths at the root of reality?

March 30, 2013, 9:56 am

Recently, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) finally announced the new particle discovered last summer is indeed a Higgs boson, a particle [...]

Defining Antimatter’s Magnetic Qualities

March 27, 2013, 6:40 pm

U.S. researchers have captured individual protons and antiprotons to measure their magnetic charge with unprecedented accuracy.

We Watch and Learn the Moves – Even When We’re Immobile

March 18, 2013, 8:41 pm

It may seem somewhat intuitive, but learning through observation is one of the most potent ways humans learn a new skill.

De-extinction is About as Sensible as De-death

March 18, 2013, 5:54 pm

On Friday, March 15 in Washington DC, National Geographic and TEDx hosted a day-long conference on species-revival science and ethics.

Great Idea, Thanks: Intellectual Property and Theft

March 15, 2013, 9:16 am

If ideas are currency in a knowledge-driven industry such as scientific research, why is intellectual property (IP) so often taken without consent?

Green Tea, Coffee Drinkers Have Fewer Strokes

March 14, 2013, 4:00 pm

For those who enjoy a cup of coffee or green tea, there’s good news: drinking them regularly may help reduce the risk of stroke.

How to Thrive in Battery Acid and Among Toxic Metals

March 12, 2013, 6:00 am

In the movie Alien, the title character is an extraterrestrial creature that can survive brutal heat and resist the effects of toxins.

Fossil Suggests Giant Ancient Camels Roamed Canada’s Arctic North

March 12, 2013, 3:05 am

Ancient camels up to 29% larger than their modern-day cousins may have roamed the High Arctic of Canada around 3.5 million years ago, according to a new study of a fossil [...]

Autonomous Machine Designed to Make Over-Ice Travel Safer by Using Radar to Search for Crevasses

March 11, 2013, 9:47 pm

A century after Western explorers first crossed the dangerous landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctic, researchers have deployed a self-guided robot that uses [...]

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