New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.
Sometimes we get so excited about new results that we just have to share them. It may be explaining a new piece of science or revisiting an older result of special significance. Science is all about celebrating discovery and understanding.
Imagine stepping into an elevator and bumping into your greatest hero. What would you say? Commentator Adam Frank had this happen with one of the 20th century's greatest astronomers, a seer of sorts.
Is the idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is more logical and the right more intuitive a scientific fact or a cultural fiction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert for answers.
Recent findings challenge the idea that people are more likely to buy into research that features pretty pictures of the brain. Commentator Tania Lombrozo says our responses to neuroimages may just reflect our conflicting instincts about reductionism and the limits of science.
Being bilingual opens up new worlds to speakers. It also appears to hold off the onset of dementia. Commentator Barbara King says that for these reasons, and more, she wishes her language faculty was more robust.
The hunt for dark matter started in the 1930s and shows no signs of ending any time soon. But physicist Marcelo Gleiser says our inability to pin down this key component to reality only makes it more alluring.
We are awash in the unseen, a fact revealed to us by science. But there is more to discover. The hunt for dark matter is still on, says astrophysicist Adam Frank, despite news of another failed attempt to detect the mysterious stuff.
Patricia Wright arrived in the Amazon armed only with intense curiosity about secretive owl monkeys. She emerged from the jungle on a new life trajectory. Since that singular experience, she has gone on to become well known for her work with Lemurs in Madagascar. Commentator Barbara J. King interviews Wright about her new memoir.
Science is radical and conservative at the same time, almost as if it exists in a quantum state. Commentator and astrophysicist Adam Frank says this is the tension at play today as his community struggles with whether to keep faith in the laws that determine the one universe we see or jump ship for the promise of the multiverse.
You'll get wet if you are out in the rain; that's a given. Will running through the rain get you wetter, or will it save you from a few drops? MinutePhysics illustrates the answer in this entertaining video.
Pointing, when you think about it, is a remarkable communicative act and understanding pointing is no mean feat. So it's somewhat remarkable, says commentator Alva Noë, that elephants seem to be able to understand humans when we make meaningful gestures.
Science may seem advanced, may even be advanced, but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of questions left to ask and answer. A new book catalogs 20 of the biggest questions outstanding. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser looks the list over and ponders some of the subjects keeping scientists awake at night.
Science, at its most fundamental level, is about telling the story of all that is around us. In this installment, astrophysicist Adam Frank tells the story of the stellar wind and the bubble that Voyager has just exited on its journey into interstellar space.
Revered naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough recently startled scientists by declaring that humans are no longer evolving. Commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a clear response: Attenborough is wrong.
A new study that relies on brain-imaging of cerebral blood flows suggests that human speech and complex tool-making skills emerged together almost two million years ago. Commentator Barbara J. King digs through the evidence and offers her own take on this age-old question.