Roman dice were often visibly biased, but that might not have mattered to someone who believed in divine intervention.
The number of people who speak a language seems to affect how new words and structures spread.
This evolutionarily perplexing behavior could help repair damaged DNA.
Researchers are just beginning to shed light on the busy microbial communities that live on the seabed.
At a shiny new lab in Japan, an international team of scientists is trying to figure out what puts us under.
How does a country decide what risks are acceptable in everyday life?
The bushy-tailed rodents appear to remember where they put different types of food, at least for a few hours.
A chart maker’s drawings suggest even more coral has disappeared around the Florida Keys than previously thought.
A new mathematical model explores the complex reasons herd animals stay with a group or leave it.
Research suggests that water is sensed by the same taste cells that detect sourness.
People take more risks when downing caffeine-and-alcohol cocktails—but only if they know what they’re drinking.
Gas compressors in New Mexico seem to mess with some arthropods’ behavior.
Environmental differences that show up in fungi might give researchers a glimpse of climate shifts that have only just begun.
A molecular record of smells could give future generations a sense of the past.
The answer to a longstanding mystery suggests that proteins are far more malleable than previously thought.
To survive in one of the planet’s most energy-limited environments, a hardy group of microbes appears to live at a glacial pace.
Inhaling black carbon could boost some disease-causing bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics.
Removing trees killed by fires might not be as damaging to forests as previously thought.
Moderation seems to be a better approach than greed—for foragers, at least.
Researchers are discovering just how easily both blind and sighted people can be trained to echolocate.