Archaeologists used to dig primarily at sites that were easy to find thanks to obvious visual clues. But technology – and listening to local people – plays a much bigger role now.
Dec. 4, 2020 • ~10 min
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Dogs process the sensory world very differently than humans, but love in a way that is entirely familiar.
Oct. 26, 2020 • ~6 min
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Researchers have found taste cells in mice that respond to as many as four different tastes. Humans are likely to have the same cells, the researchers say.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~6 min
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Hundreds of organizations are working around the world to restore damaged coral reefs. New research shows that rapid ocean warming threatens these efforts.
Aug. 7, 2020 • ~6 min
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Brains recognize a smell based on which cells fire, in what order – the same way you recognize a song based on its pattern of notes. How much can you change the 'tune' and still know the smell?
July 8, 2020 • ~8 min
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Your faithful friend's view of the world is different than yours, but maybe not in the way you imagine.
July 2, 2020 • ~6 min
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Many respiratory viruses cause us to temporarily lose our sense of smell. But SARS-CoV-2 isn't like those other viruses. Researchers are now exploring how it differs and whether patients recover.
June 4, 2020 • ~8 min
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Mmmmmmm. That smells delicious. Wait, how do you know that?
June 1, 2020 • ~5 min
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