What looks at first glance like an opening up of possibilities is actually an attack on the human imagination.
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.
The secret is in their stems.
A new analysis of Lucy’s bones suggests that she may have fallen to her death from a tall tree.
Economics hasn’t been able to explain irrational choices. Can neuroscience?
What to do if you’re a Hillary fan seated next to a Trump supporter at a wedding
Holograms are more than science fiction, but the real-life technology isn’t what people think it is. An Object Lesson.
Humans discovered two new planets this week—one, remade by their efforts; the other, for light years away.
A new paper on “Genesis missions” explains how interstellar probes could accelerate evolution on distant planets.
No one will ever find a closer exoplanet—now the race is on to see if there is life on its surface.
A new anatomical understanding of how movement controls the body’s stress response system
A new team improves on the old “Earth at night” technique.
The agency is forging ahead despite slashed budgets and outdated policies.
It’s always dehydrated, and it's not a great swimmer, but it can somehow cross oceans.
A look at the many conflicts over the precious, tasty mineral that humans need to survive
Bad holidays with a spouse can start to feel like a broken promise.
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.
Scientists are beginning to understand how Zika replicates and spreads within the womb, but they still don’t know how the virus manages to get there in the first place.
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