The popular gene-editing technique can deliver a step-by-step account of how a single-cell embryo becomes a trillion-cell animal.
A rock structure, built deep underground, is one of the earliest hominin constructions ever found.
“If a man produced sperm that big, it would stretch diagonally across a basketball court.”
While fish are disappearing from the oceans, squid, octopus, and cuttlefish populations have been rising since the 1960s. Why?
In the 1920s, breeders turned yellow canaries red. Now, scientists have finally found the gene responsible.
A new report estimates that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will kill one person every three seconds, unless the world’s governments take drastic steps now.
Half a billion dollars are being pledged to study the microbes in humans, crops, soils, oceans, and more.
In which the red knot is the canary, and the planet is the coalmine.
A huge study found 74 gene variants that are associated with years of formal schooling—but that doesn’t mean there are “education genes.”
While watching every episode of David Attenborough’s classic wildlife series for this mammoth tribute post, I also compiled a list…
A long love letter to the creator of the world’s greatest nature documentaries, on the eve of his 90th birthday.
A new study shows that we burn many more daily calories than other apes.
Last week, I wrote a piece about nanopore sequencing, a revolutionary technique that could one day allow anyone to sequence…
To find out, scientists collected poop from thousands of people—but they ended up with more questions than answers.
A biotech company is building devices that will allow people to decipher genes in remote jungles, at sea, or even in space—and they say they’re just getting started.
By amassing a huge library of leaf images, scientists are training computers to diagnose the diseases that threaten our food supply.
Is it because half our brain is staying up to keep watch?
Huge monitor lizards have invaded the state, and the rest of the U.S. is one unlucky boatload away.
For at least 40 million years before that pesky asteroid, the dinosaurs were losing species faster than they could replace them.
A new study shows that trees of different species can exchange large amounts of carbon via the fungal internet that connects their roots.