Culture

Super-slender buildings can make scary noises as they sway, but acoustical consultants say they have solutions.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Our coverage throughout another tough year has continued to explore how science influences daily life.
Chris Gorski, Editor
As grapes moved throughout Europe, people interbred domesticated vines with wild fruit.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Devices that nudge the rich and middle class to exercise don't offer same boost to those with lower incomes.
Brian Owens, Contributor
If the world can limit future greenhouse gas emissions, scientists are hopeful that adaptations can help a battered industry survive.
Benjamin Plackett, Contributor
A new study looked beneath blacked-out portions of letters to see if a relationship with a Swedish count was more than a friendship.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
A new paper examines how elephants work together to solve a task and when cooperation breaks down.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
People who watch hockey use context to follow the small, fast-moving puck.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A new study shows how putting candy far from the checkouts makes people buy less of it.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Researchers pinpoint small compounds responsible for coffee's astringency, chalkiness and mouthfeel.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New research recommends allowing pilots to choose their own routes on trans-Atlantic flights to reduce carbon emissions.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Torches cast a brilliant glow that was good for exploring, while lamps were better for lighting one small area.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor