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Slightly altering one’s appearance—even with glasses—can indeed hinder facial recognition by others. Erika Beras reports.

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Subjects suffering insomnia got more wrong answers in a face-matching task--but they were paradoxically more confident of their responses. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Theory has it yawning helps cool the brain--and it turns out animals with bigger brains do indeed tend to yawn longer. Christopher Intagliata reports.

With a shorter season of sea ice, polar bears have less access to marine mammals. But switching to a terrestrial diet deprives them of the fatty seal meals they need to thrive.