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60-Second Science

60-Second Science

Leading science journalists provide a daily commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a ...
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Docs Should Wash Stethoscopes Between Patients Too

03/05/14
Tests for bacteria found that stethoscopes picked up more microbes from patients than did most parts of the doc's hands. Sophie Bushwick ...

Celebrity Auction Prices Depend on Contact and Character

03/04/14
The magical thinking concept of contagion, the transfer of essence through objects, comes into play at celebrity auctions, where items that ...

Molecular Analysis Resurrects Old Artworks

03/03/14
Analysis of great art at the molecular level can show restorers the original colors of the painting when the artist finished the last ...

Jazz Improvisers Appear to Use Language Brain Areas

02/27/14
Brain scans of musicians as they improvised in a musical dialogue with another player showed that the improvisers used regions involved in ...

1,000-Year-Old Teeth Reveal Diet and Disease

02/26/14
The plaque on millennium-old teeth from a German cemetery contain the residue of pork, cabbage and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. ...

Lassie and Timmy Hear Vocals in Same Brain Area

02/25/14
Functional MRI brain scans show that man and man's best friend use analogous brain regions to process vocalizations of both their own and ...

Liposuctioned Fat Reveals Valuable Stem Cells

06/14/13
Stem cells in the fat of adults were discovered serendipitously and appear to have similar potential to their embryonic kin. Karen Hopkin ...

Moves Trump Speed for Cheetahs

06/13/13
Cheetahs rarely reach top speed when hunting, but rather rely on rapid acceleration and agility to catch their prey. Sophie Bushwick reports

Altitude May Influence Language Sounds

06/12/13
The lower air pressure at high altitudes may be a factor in why ejective consonants are more popular in languages spoken higher up. Sophie ...

Help Scientists Stalk Cicadas

06/12/13
Various citizen-science projects let you contribute to our understanding of the periodical cicada swarm. Karen Hopkin reports

Why Did the Chicken Lose Its Penis?

06/06/13
Only three percent of bird species have males with obvious organs of intromission, and now we know the genetics behind that situation. ...