Why Adults Struggle to Pick up New Languages
Jul 26, 2014 · 29 

By Kelly Dickerson   Many adults struggle to learn a second language, but not for lack of effort — the problem may actually be that they’re trying too hard, a new study suggests. Scientists have long suspected that adults’ superior cognitive function might actually be a drawback in picking up a new language, giving kids the upper hand. In …

Got Cavities? Ancient Teeth Reveal Bacteria’s Evolution
Jul 26, 2014

By Stephanie Pappas   Ouch! The bacterium that causes toothaches has become more diverse over the course of human history, a new study finds. Streptococcus mutans is a nasty little bacterium that lurks in the mouth, frequently causing tooth decay and cavities. Now, a new analysis of the bacteria’s DNA extracted from human teeth dating back to the Bronze Age reveals the …

Smarter than a first-grader? Crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks
Jul 26, 2014

By Science Daily   In Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the bird drops pebbles into it — one …

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?
Jul 25, 2014 · 8 

By Ella Davies   A bumper crop of spikey black caterpillars have appeared on the nation’s nettles this summer. Clad in velvet coats peppered with white dots, the creatures have been sunning themselves and munching through the weeds in remarkable numbers prompting a flurry of enquiries and reports to the charity Butterfly Conservation. They might …

Human platelets successfully generated using next-generation bioreactor
Jul 25, 2014 · 1 

By Science Daily   Scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work is a major biomedical advancement that will help address blood transfusion needs worldwide. The study is published July 21, 2014 in Blood. “The ability to generate an alternative …

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds
Jul 25, 2014 · 55 

By Shadee Ashtari   Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science. Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in …

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets
Jul 24, 2014 · 2 

By NASA Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun — and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away from Earth and were …

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her
Jul 24, 2014

By Why Evolution Is True There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious …

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her
Jul 24, 2014

By Why Evolution Is True There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious …

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her
Jul 24, 2014 · 69 

By Why Evolution Is True There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious …

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her
Jul 24, 2014

By Why Evolution Is True There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious …

Afghani mullah rapes ten-year-old girl; family wants to kill her
Jul 24, 2014

By Why Evolution Is True There is no explicit statement in the Qur’an (I don’t know about the hadith) urging or sanctioning “honor killings,” but it’s now become a feature of Islamic culture, and has been justified on religious grounds (in Jordan, attempts to strengthen laws against honor killing were opposed and turned back by Muslim leaders for religious …