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The Real Reason We Put Sugar in Coffee

Caffeine, sugar, and water interact at the molecular level to affect the taste of hot beverages.  (waferboard/CC BY 2.0)
Caffeine, sugar, and water interact at the molecular level to affect the taste of hot beverages. (waferboard/CC BY 2.0)

A sweet tooth isn’t the only reason we put a little sugar in coffee or tea. Scientists say sugar has an important effect in reducing...

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    Our Lip-Reading Technology Promises to Make Hearing Aids More Human

    Hearing aids can be lifelines for people with hearing loss. But their limitations can mean that, in particularly noisy environments, users cannot exploit the best... Read more

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    People With High IQs Have More Efficient Brains

    When people with very high IQs are given moderately difficult task, their brains work more efficiently compared to people with slightly above-average IQs. To describe... Read more

  • Green lasers glowing within cells. (Matjaž Humar and Seok Hyun Yun, CC BY-ND 4.0)

    We Transformed Living Cells Into Tiny Lasers

    In the last few decades, lasers have become an important part of our lives, with applications ranging from laser pointers and CD players to medical... Read more

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    Fat Is Sixth Taste but It’s ‘Unpleasant’ Alone

    Fat should be considered the sixth taste and can be called oleogustus, report researchers. “Most of the fat we eat is in the form of... Read more

  • As science progresses, parents may be able to choose a child based not just on the sex, but on such criteria as a child’s likelihood of excelling in sports or mathematics. (Below: TatyanaGl/iScock; above: TCLY/iStock)

    Science Is Moving Toward Designer Babies, but the Ethics Must Be Sorted Out

    Ethical warning bells went off in April when Chinese researchers reported they had experimented with 85 defective human embryos to try to alter genes in... Read more

  • Musical training has shown to lead to improvements in a wide variety of different skills, including memory and spatial learning for example. (Thorsten Krienke/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Musical Training Can Accelerate Brain Development and Help With Literacy Skills

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  • Baby's brains show they understand patterns and expect the pattern to be followed. (Ekinsdesigns/iStock)

    Expectations Help Shape Babies’ Brains

    Infants can use expectations about the world to rapidly shape their developing brains, according to new research. A series of experiments with infants 5 to... Read more

  • Scientists say that distraction affects our actions differently than our perceptions.  (spflaum1/iStock)

    Distraction Skews Actions and Perception Differently

    What’s more distracting: something overt or something subtle? Experiments show that although obvious distractions dominate perception, less noticeable ones can have a greater effect on... Read more

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    How a Plant Knows Friend From Foe

    Soil is crowded with bacteria and fungi. Tens of thousands of different species can inhabit the same space. So how does a plant that grows... Read more

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    Triple Method Captures Nanocrystal Close-Ups

    Scientists have created a new way of capturing the 3D structures of nanocrystals, which researchers believe could potentially fight cancer, collect renewable energy, and mitigate... Read more

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    Why Nothing Else Sounds Like a Scream

    There is nothing quite like the sound of a scream to make the hair on the back of the neck stand up. But what is... Read more

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) on March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. On July 16, 2015, a piece of space junk forced the three International Space Station astronauts, including Kelly, to seek emergency shelter in their Soyuz spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    Space Station Astronauts Take Shelter From Space Junk

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A piece of space junk forced three space station astronauts to seek emergency shelter Thursday, July 16. For nearly an hour, the American... Read more

  • “Sleep deprivation appears to dislocate the body from the brain,” Matthew Walker says. “You can’t follow your heart.”  (VladimirFLoyd/iStock)

    Can’t Tell a Smile From a Scowl? Get More Sleep

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  • A Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft lands on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    Boeing Patented a Nuclear Fission-Fusion Jet Engine, Which Will Never Work

    You’ve heard of nuclear power plants, now get ready for nuclear powered planes —on paper at least.  Last month, Boeing patented a nuclear fission-fusion jet propulsion... Read more

  • "Anelasticity is present but negligible in many macroscale materials, but becomes prominent at the nanoscale," says Huajian Gao. "We show an anelastic effect in nanowires that is four orders of magnitude larger than what is observed in even the most anelastic bulk materials." (kynny/iStock)

    These Nanowires Take Time to Get Back in Shape

    Nanowires made of zinc oxide are highly anelastic—meaning they return to shape slowly after being bent, rather that snapping right back. The findings suggest that... Read more

  • "The widespread distribution of robotics in society will, like the internet, create deep social, cultural, economic, and of course legal tensions," says Ryan Calo. (Ben Husmann/CC BY 2.0)

    Do We Need New Laws for Rise of the Robots?

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