Science

This device can detect contaminated water without touching it

This handheld technology just won first place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Los Vegas.

Does punishing people actually work?

A group of scientists tried to figure out why people cooperate with each other, and the results were pretty surprising.

Physicists have overturned a 100-year-old assumption on how your brain works

New research could lead to better understanding of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Here's what happens to your brain when you see someone's face for the first time

We scan some faces differently than others. A new Hebrew University study shows us how, and why.

Science just discovered exactly what meditative breathing does to your brain

We all know stress does a number on your well-being. A new study shows that conscious breathing really does change how your brain works.

A new way to lose weight without worrying about the scale

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely developed a new kind of scale that uses science, not numbers, to help you lose weight.

Harvard scientist reveals a plan to listen for aliens Wednesday afternoon

After discovering a mysterious object hurtling through space, the world's largest telescope is tuning in at 3 p.m. EST. And the world will be listening.

The No. 1 motivating factor in deciding which causes to support

Why do we give to certain causes and not others? A new study examines what influences our donation decisions.

The real reason you wait in line to see Santa

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the evolutionary reason that big lines attract people.

Why you should think twice before bringing holiday stress to work

This time of year, it's so easy to project your stress onto colleagues. A new study shows just how damaging that is – and how to stop.

Is the future of sustainable electricity ... in turkey droppings?

A new study shows that poultry excrement could be used as a viable biofuel.

The surprising key to changing your life

A neuroscientists explains that making better daily decisions doesn't work so well. Here's what does.

Scientists may have figured out how to make stuff invisible

A team of scientists just had a Harry Potter-style breakthrough.

The dramatic search for one of the world’s most elusive creatures: sand kittens

These zoologists have spent years looking for the mysterious feline that lives in deserts from Morocco to Israel.

Physicist reveals science secrets of 'Star Wars' in new book

Georgetown professor explores the science behind the Jedi Force, lightsabers and the Death Star.