Mimes get us to ‘see’ things that aren’t there

Even when we don't mean to, we "see" the invisible, implied objects that mimes interact with, researchers have found.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 2, 2021 ~6 min

Vapor condenser copies beetle trick to harvest water

A new vapor condenser consumes no electricity and—like the darkling beetle—lowers its temperature to harvest condensed water.

Cory Nealon-Buffalo • futurity
April 2, 2021 ~7 min

Monkeys experience the visual world just like we do

Are humans the only species to experience the world consciously? A new study suggests the answer is no.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
April 1, 2021 ~5 min

Radio wave energy powers wearable devices

Researchers have figured out how to harvest energy from radio waves to power wearable devices. "We are trying to provide additional, consistent energy."

Megan Lakatos-Penn State • futurity
April 1, 2021 ~5 min

Uranus and Neptune have wonky magnetic fields: Why?

ETH Zurich • futurity
March 31, 2021 ~5 min

Without context, happy screams sound like fear

We're pretty good at discerning different emotions that underlie screams. Except for happy screams, which, without context, we may mistake for fear.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
March 31, 2021 ~7 min

Ancient crater lake bolsters idea of ice on early Mars

Glacial runoff appears to have fed an ancient crater lake on Mars, boosting the idea that the red planet had a cold and icy past.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
March 31, 2021 ~7 min

How your brain figures out what sentences mean

New research uses artificial intelligence to uncover the brain regions involved in understanding the meaning of sentences.

Kelsie Smith-Hayduk - U. Rochester • futurity
March 30, 2021 ~4 min

This cannibal shows how selfishness evolves

It's surprisingly easy to turn a common type of moth larvae into a bunch of cannibals. And doing that confirms an evolutionary prediction.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
March 30, 2021 ~9 min

Parrot mummies hint at ancient trade in Atacama Desert

Parrot mummies found in the Atacama Desert reveal that, between 1100 and 1450 CE, traders brought birds from over 300 miles away to oasis communities.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
March 30, 2021 ~8 min