The internet is awash with viral videos of bizarre, floating things that “baffle scientists." Not these scientists.
A simulation shows how the incentives of modern academia naturally select for weaker and less reliable results.
Entries from old ship logs suggest that every 19th-century whaling expedition was an ecological rampage.
And they’re extinct in the wild.
How and when wild wolves transformed into domestic pets has always been mysterious—until now.
In yet another setback for the field, researchers have failed to replicate two studies showing that basic techniques can reduce racial achievement gaps and improve voter turnout.
The MEGA-plate allows scientists to watch bacteria adapting to antibiotics before their eyes.
Protecting the cuddly bear is expensive, but worth it.
The newly discovered rocks suggest that life arose very quickly after the Earth was formed.
They have bacteria in their cells, and smaller bacteria in those bacteria—and that’s not even the weirdest bit.
Our microbiomes winnowed when we swapped hunting and gathering for cities—and a few months in a zoo will do the same to a monkey.
A new analysis of Lucy’s bones suggests that she may have fallen to her death from a tall tree.
It’s always dehydrated, and it's not a great swimmer, but it can somehow cross oceans.
The parasite has devastated the whitefish population and is now threatening the trout.
A battle between an insect and a microbe led to one of the fastest evolutionary changes ever observed.
CRISPR, the powerful new gene-editing technique, has helped to solve a fishy mystery about how our fingers and toes evolved.
And what it could mean for the search for life on other worlds
Luke Dittrich discusses his account of “Patient H.M.”—and responds to his critics.
How scientists used nuclear explosions to date the longest-lived vertebrates in existence.
The insects use their stingers to tangle spider silk, just as people use felting needles on wool threads.