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Baby Sea Turtles Tracked with Hair-Extension Glue [Video]

Hatchling sea turtles face daunting odds in surviving to adulthood, and only a few find a way. Just where they go to find food and hide from predators has remained a mystery until earlier this year, when Kate Mansfield, a biologist at the University of Central Florida, came up with a novel way to stick [...]..

September 2, 2014 — Philip Yam

Sleepy Teens: High School Should Start Later in the Morning

High school begins across the U.S. this week and next. And it begins too early! Too early in the day, that is. Ask any groggy teenager waiting for a bus or yawning in "home room" and he or she will tell you that it's just too darn early in the morning to learn chemistry equations [...]..

August 26, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

Earthquakes in Napa, Iceland and...Ohio? [video]

Photos are everywhere today of wine bottles, and in some cases wine barrels, broken on the floors of Napa Valley, the famous wine region in California–dashed to the ground by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck there early Sunday...

August 25, 2014 — Mark Fischetti
How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

How Do Our Brains Remember? [Video]

Each of us has a unique experience on this earth. A major reason for that is the buildup of our memories over time, which forms the ongoing narrative that we know as our life.

August 20, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

How #Selfie Culture is Changing Our Lives

We've all done it: We're at an event, we take a bunch of photos with our phones, we take a selfie and maybe one with a friend, we post all the images online, and we're done.

August 19, 2014 — Mark Fischetti

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