Meet the Japanese Moms Running a Citizens' Lab to Track Nuclear Radiation

After the 2011 tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there were widespread fears about radiation leaking into the environment. Now a group of volunteers—who are mostly mothers—is tackling the issue head-on.
Bobbie van der List

Police Use Genealogy Website to Crack 45-Year-Old Cold Murder Case

Linda Ann O'Keefe's family thought they would never find her killer. Decades later, police have arrested a suspect based on DNA match on a public genealogy site.
Zing Tsjeng
Getting Out of Bed

Why People Can't Stop Talking About Their Extremely Boring Dreams

"You were in my dream last night."
Kimberly Lawson

This Tiny Patch Could Give You a Month's Birth Control in Seconds

Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have invented a microneedle patch that only needs to be briefly pressed against the skin to deliver a contraceptive drug.
Zing Tsjeng

How a Star Is Born, According to Astronomers

With the release of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's 'A Star is Born' we talked to astronomers about how actual stars form in the cosmos.
Leila Ettachfini

For the First Time in 55 Years, a Woman Wins the Nobel Prize in Physics

Dr. Donna Strickland, a self-described "laser jock," is the third woman to ever win a Nobel Prize in physics, following in the footsteps of Marie Curie.
Sirin Kale

How NASA Stopped 13 Women from Being the First Women in Space

The "Mercury 13" planned to be the first female astronauts to attempt spaceflight, undergoing rigorous training in a private program — until NASA found out about them.
Bedatri Datta Choudhury
Social Media

Narcissists Love Liking Other Narcissists' Selfies on Instagram

New research from Sejong University in South Korea suggests that narcissistic people love selfies—even when they're not in them.
Sirin Kale
science of sex

Why Do Couples Speak to Each Other in Baby Speak?

The reason your boyfriend keeps calling you snugglepuffs? Blame his mom.
Sirin Kale

How Tripping on Ayahuasca Could Help People with Eating Disorders

Could a powerfully hallucinogenic tea hold the key to treating eating disorders? A new study interviews ED sufferers who have experimented with the herbal drug from the Amazon.
Erin Hiatt

The Forgotten Female Codebreaker Who Helped America Defeat the Nazis

Elizebeth Smith Friedman broke Nazi Enigma machines and busted South American spy rings before being written out of history by powerful men. A new biography aims to change all that.
Sirin Kale

The Teen Who Developed a Breast Cancer-Detecting Bra

When worn once a week for 60 minutes, 18-year-old Julian Ríos's Eva Bra can detect everything from a cyst to a tumor.
José Luis Martínez Limón