Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 29, 2013 5:20PM ET
Discovered: An autism myth based on a myth, debunked; a link between frackin and an earthquake; the key to more effective math classes; desert "fairy circles" explained.
Mar 28, 2013 6:18PM ET
Discovered: Get used to Bieber and Kardashian; a human/Neanderthal love child; DNA tests could predict cancer risks; the intuition of rats.
Mar 27, 2013 6:55PM ET
Discovered: We may come from microscopic worms after all; men and women tell stories differently; having fewer children tied to living longer; we feel in 3D.
Mar 26, 2013 5:44PM ET
Discovered: Bull sharks can have two heads; women don't want to run for political office; Africa used to have penguins; gangs don't use the Internet.
Mar 25, 2013 4:36PM ET
Discovered: gay parents get viewed negatively; people support politicians who are vague about gun control; prostitute-seeking men are not, in fact, very common; excess choices increase risky decisions.
Mar 22, 2013 6:51PM ET
Discovered: Men and women heal differently; doubling up on algebra improves learning; ears are flawed; revising financial statements indicates poor governance.
Mar 21, 2013 6:42PM ET
Discovered: Massive volcanoes caused widespread extinction 200 million years ago; men don't want to cheat with the wives of their friends; obese people share an altered gene; we remember things using social patterns.
Mar 20, 2013 6:32PM ET
Discovered: the emotional content of books is declining; men dominate in the post-recession economy; olive oil wards off Alzheimer's; sleep helps us retain 'competing' memories.
Mar 19, 2013 6:15PM ET
Discovered: Soda is deadly; you're bad at sports gambling; nice people do better in school; teamwork can be traced back to chimpanzees.
Mar 18, 2013 7:34PM ET
Discovered: Humans know how dogs are feeling; health professionals are abusing propofol; massive bird nests function as socialist societies; male lions ambush their prey.
Mar 15, 2013 6:12PM ET
Discovered: Bee venom can be used to neutralize HIV; gambling sites seduce people with free trials; dating in middle school is tied to truancy; a 'dirty blizzard' compounded Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Mar 14, 2013 7:10PM ET
Discovered: ancient bird species had four wings; milk is good for college students; texting errors can indicate a stroke; breast milk contains stem cells.
Mar 13, 2013 8:09PM ET
Discovered: Punishment works; traditional Chinese medicine works, too; people think the future is closer to them than the past; you really, really shouldn't text and drive.
Mar 12, 2013 6:56PM ET
Discovered: Babies are very calculating; political turmoil affects HIV treatment; another Earth is out there, probably; gender stereotypes affect the advancement of women in science.
Mar 11, 2013 7:14PM ET
Discovered: Your Facebook likes can indicate your sexuality; frustration can make you seek out violent video games; HIV, if controlled, presents no increased risk of death; ancient humans suffered from heart disease, just like us.
Mar 8, 2013 6:58PM ET
Discovered: Alcohol helps accelerate the brains of heavy drinkers; Self-image affects self-expression; Antarctic lake hid evidence of never-before-seen life forms; Ancient humans liked to hike.
Mar 7, 2013 6:01PM ET
Discovered: Human brain cells increase mice's brain power; Google searches can reveal bad drug interactions; you never need to go outside again; bees love caffeine.
Mar 6, 2013 6:39PM ET
Discovered: Fashion accessory trends date back 75,000 years; how we zone out at parties; the oldest human ancestor turned 338,000 years old; the Higgs Boson — or nearly so.
Mar 1, 2013 5:59PM ET
Discovered: Video games can help dyslexic kids read; pregnancy increases foot size; around 100 million sharks are killed annually; mammalian sperm swims upstream.
Feb 27, 2013 8:43PM ET
Discovered: Doing less chores has increased women's waistlines; watch how these capuchin monkeys crack nuts; using genetics to pinpoint the date of The Iliad; first images of a black hole's spin.
Feb 25, 2013 6:41PM ET
Discovered: A famous diet can improve heart health by as much as 30 percent; maybe organic tomatoes are better for you after all; signs of an ancient underwater continent; Spider-Man's hypothetical web could stop a hypothetical train, according to physics.
Feb 22, 2013 6:26PM ET
Discovered: Emotional engagement with fiction boosts real-world empathy; a new MRI video of a fetal brain; Siberia's permafrost is thawing too quickly; a microchip that restores vision.
Feb 21, 2013 6:43PM ET
Discovered: A new reason for declining childhood obesity rates; this massive goldfish shouldn't have been swimming in Lake Tahoe; flies give alcohol to their babies; bees sense electric flowers.
Feb 20, 2013 7:00PM ET
Discovered: Dolphins use unique whistles to call for each other; smoking gives mice Alzheimer's; 80 percent of all farm fertilizer goes toward meat production; golden moles are size queens.
Feb 19, 2013 6:37PM ET
Discovered: Curiosity will have to dig deeper to find signs of Martian life; how our unstable universe could be replaced; new scorpion found near Tucson; our ape ancestors got drunk, too.
Feb 18, 2013 6:31PM ET
Discovered: How a California law lead to a whale fossil discovery; over half of moviegoers want to puke while watching 3D films; dogs sniff out other dogs in crowds; tracking climate change through Rock Hyrax urine.
Feb 14, 2013 6:27PM ET
Discovered: Fake weed gave lots of people kidney damage last year; the FDA approves artificial sight for the blind; engineering tires from flowers; flushed anti-anxiety meds are making fish jittery.
Feb 13, 2013 6:21PM ET
Discovered: Guppies strive to be the most attractive member of their friend group; the world's most popular painkiller greatly raises heart attack risk; sea slugs have "disposable" penises; skulls reveal violence inflicted upon Stone Age women.
Feb 12, 2013 6:24PM ET
Discovered: Conservatives prefer Kleenex® to tissues; relationship stress makes you susceptible to illness; gene therapy cures diabetes in dogs; warm weather can cloud the mind.
Feb 11, 2013 6:54PM ET
Discovered: Last year was the worst shark attack year since 2000; underage drinkers are partial to Bud Light and Smirnoff; dogs understand us more than we thought; help name Pluto's new moons.