​Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind?

Well... maybe. In this intriguing video piece, NPR's Alix Spiegel discusses the work of Columbia psychologist Alia Crum, whose research suggests that food labels have a placebo effect on the way our bodies respond to food and experience hunger. But to what extent do these results mean that we can think ourselves thin? » 4/16/14 9:30am Wednesday 9:30am

Professional Violinists Can't Tell a Stradivarius From a Modern Violin

The violins of 18th Century craftsman Antonio Stradivari are legendary. The most perfect violins ever made. They're so perfect, in fact, that renowned violin soloists not only can't tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern violin, they actually tend to prefer the latter. Wait, what? Crap. » 4/09/14 2:50pm 4/09/14 2:50pm

What's That Strange Light Emanating From The Martian Surface?

Remember that awesome image of the Kimberley Waypoint we showed you yesterday? Well, some astute observers noticed an artificial light glowing on the surface. And that's certainly what it looks like — but there's a very reasonable explanation. » 4/08/14 3:30pm 4/08/14 3:30pm

Look at These Bison Running! Obviously a Volcanic Eruption Is Nigh!

So this video got posted on YouTube, with the title "Alert! Yellowstone Bison Running for their Lives!" That turned into a whole meme about how the animals of Yellowstone "know" there's a megavolcanic eruption coming. Incoming pseudoscience alert: No, there isn't. » 4/03/14 4:00pm 4/03/14 4:00pm

Scientists Fail To Find A Link Between Saturated Fat And Heart Disease

For years we've been told to reduce our consumption of saturated fats as a sure-fire way to prevent heart disease. But a recent analysis of 45 studies and 27 trials involving over 600,000 participants is forcing a rethink of this long held — and apparently erroneous — assumption. » 3/18/14 8:00am 3/18/14 8:00am