SnowWorld

A Museum of Virtual Media

The brain doesn't much care whether an experience is real.

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Tiny Conspiracies

The secret, social lives of bacteria

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Virtual Universe

Centuries of astronomy, plus video-game technology, offer a stunning new perspective on our place in space.

Female Grant's gazelles, Serengeti Plain

A Horny Proposition

Why do some female bovids have horns, whereas others don’t?

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Pompadours in the Palms

A rare bird’s elaborate mating habits help a tropical tree disperse its seeds.

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Aging, Cancer and Stress

Elizabeth Blackburn's work on telomeres led to new research and discoveries

White Winged Vampire Bat

The Curious, Bloody Lives of Vampire Bats

Vampire bats display adaptations to their diet

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Slippery Business

Scientists race to understand the reproductive biology of freshwater eels.

To Kill a Cormorant

Are double-crested cormorants overrunning their niche—or recovering from centuries of suppression?

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Bodies in Sync

Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins.

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