How Octopuses Use Their Suction Cups to Taste Through Touch

How Octopuses Use Their Suction Cups to Taste Through Touch

The result of that curiosity is a paper published Thursday in Cell in which Bellono’s lab reveals yet another very cool thing about these invertebrates: a unique type of receptor in the tissue of their suction cups that can taste surfaces by touching them.

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Dr. Colleen Handel, Research Wildlife Biologist and founder of the Landbird Ecology Program at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center, was the first to discover and connect prior curiosity and observations to these emerging deformities.

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

Children’s Book Review: Wake Up, Woods

The best children’s nature books are not only a pleasure to read, but also ignite curiosity and encourage kids to get out and explore the world around them.Wake Up, Woods is produced by the Indiana Native Plant Society, but this is not just a book for the Hoosier State.

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

But the very nature of David Makes Man both invents a doorway into something new and rebels against a genre of TV-making that has historically cast out the stories of black teen boys.

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

Is Mars' Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

In a case of cosmic good fortune, the Mars Express orbiter happened to be performing spot tracking observations of the Gale crater right around the time Curiosity detected the methane spike.

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

If you have to leave one place, remember this: There’s always another party, just like WIRED has more space photos, right here .My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in Japan What do Amazon's star ratings really mean.

Inside Facebook's New Robotics Lab, Where AI and Machines Friend One Another

Inside Facebook's New Robotics Lab, Where AI and Machines Friend One Another

But while tech giants like Google and Amazon and Facebook have pushed major advances in the development of AI in purely digital contexts—getting computers to recognize objects in images, for example, by having humans label those objects first—robots have remained fairly dumb as researchers have focused on getting the things to move without falling on their faces.

How to Teach Kids to Be Independent Thinkers

How to Teach Kids to Be Independent Thinkers

When teachers answer these questions, it prompts kids to think more deeply about the implications of what they’re learning.

Heaven's Vault Is a Rare Videogame About the Art of Translation

Heaven's Vault Is a Rare Videogame About the Art of Translation

Heaven's Vault is an elegant, simple system wrapped in a truly beautiful game. Heaven's Vault is about the thrill and uncertainty of lost knowledge—about connecting to the past and to other people. Heaven's Vault is one of the most enthralling narrative-driven adventure games I've played in a long time.