The Discovery Files
Fire & Ice
The effects wildfires have on cloud formation and the intense storms that can develop from them.
How hummingbirds hum.
New bandage could outsmart infections
A bandage to catch wound infections early enough to avoid drastic measures, such a amputation
Endangered species get help from an unexpected source - wolves!
Wolves reveal more about the spread of infectious diseases within social species
Economic value of insect pollinators in U.S. much higher than thought
Pollinators, such as bees, play an important role in agriculture, but are under threat
In your dreams! Researchers achieve two-way communication with dreaming people
Breakthrough may ultimately lead to innovative ways of learning and problem-solving
'Iron Man' bacteria could become economic and environmental heroes
Soil bacteria Geobacter stands up to toxic cobalt.
Not so fast! New model analyzes how viruses escape the immune system
New way to computationally look at viral escape helps identify possible targets for vaccines.
Desalination breakthrough could lead to cheaper water filtration
Scientists find an important key to making desalination more efficient
Tiny wireless device might help combat obesity
Device stimulates the endings of nerve responsible for regulating food intake
Stimulating research could be moving for people with spinal cord injuries
New treatment allows some people with spinal cord injury to regain hand and arm function
Smart hydrogel uses light to change shape and color
New engineering approach features camouflage that can be added to soft materials.
Study offers hope for coral reefs battling intense heat waves
Recovering from bleaching while still baking in hot waters is a game changer for corals
Researchers discover new way to deliver DNA-based therapies for diseases
New packaging lights up another way to deliver medicine and vaccines inside the body
Earable computing: A new research area in the making
Sure, your phone may be smart. But how about your earphones?
Wouldn't mind a cup of coffee. But is it worth all the effort?
Clear evidence that the brain's ventral striatum kicks in during decision-making.
Transferring data through your fingertip
A new technology would let your body act as the link between your card or smartphone and the reader.
A faster way to estimate uncertainty im AI-assisted decision-making could lead to safer outcomes
Researchers have developed a way for deep learning neural networks to crunch data.
How a common household cleaner could help fuel a transportation revolution
A new technique seamlessly converts ammonia to green hydrogen.
Earliest example of a rapid-fire tongue found in 'weird and wonderful' extinct amphibians
Fossils of bizarre, armored amphibians provide the oldest evidence of a slingshot-style tongue.
A wearable sensor to help ALS patients communicate
Researchers have designed a skin-like device to help ALS patients communicate.
Chronic jet lag impairs immune response, accelerates tumor growth
A new study sheds light on how circadian disruptions impact the body's ability to curb cancer growth
Those funky cheese smells allow microbes to 'talk' to and feed each other
The bug stops here! Fixing online hang-ups -- that frustrating spinning wheel that never stops
You've experienced them: Hang bugs -- when software gets stuck but doesn't crash.
What can a sponge teach us about engineering?
Bioinspired architecture could pave the way for stronger, lighter structures.
Mimicing locusts could improve collision avoidance
Why don't the millions of insects in a locust swarm collide with each other?
Did early modern humans and Neanderthals live in the same area concurrently?
Modern humans arrived in the westernmost part of Europe about 5000 years earlier than known.
Study suggests at least 11 fish species are capable of walking
A fish gets a walk-on part!
Can a weather system in East Asia help predict hurricane frequency in the U.S.?
Scientists may have found a new influence on how Atlantic hurricanes develop.
Turmeric -- the spice -- can help a puppy dog's eyes...and maybe ours too
Findings show that turmeric, a spice, shows promise in decreasing ocular inflammation in dogs.