An afternoon spent with the famous gorilla who knows sign language, and the scientist who taught her how to “talk”
I spent a weekend at the International Utility Locate Rodeo, where people compete to find hidden cables, water mains, and gas lines.
Intelligent weapons are too easily converted by software engineers into indiscriminate killing machines.
A new literary genre that focuses on the consequences of environmental issues is striking a chord with younger generations—and engaging them in thinking about the Earth’s sustainability.
Our telephone habits have changed, but so have the infrastructure and design of the handset.
Scholars may never understand the energy source's full economic cost, but that doesn't make its damage any less knowable.
Can the site’s dwindling ranks of volunteer editors protect its articles from the influence of money?
Hervé This, the father of molecular gastronomy, thinks the meals of the future should be constructed from chemical compounds.
How offices will change—for better and for worse
What recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems
Why the French seem like such aggressive drivers
Right now, no. But that could change soon.
A growing number of companies are developing assistive technologies to help disabled people walk—but these devices can distract from infrastructure changes that would make cities more disability-friendly.
Thanks to the state’s unprecedented drought, fire season has seemed especially dire this year. But federal records show that these trends are now fairly normal.
Scientists have long said that tiny robots would soon be able to conduct surgery and deliver drugs deep inside the body. Here’s why they’re still not a reality.
How much is your attention on the Internet really worth?
The company says it will allow new moms and dads to take as much time off as they’d like in a baby’s first year of life.
A huge amount of urban traffic comes from cars circling for available parking. Robot fleets could change all that.
NASA is building drones to mine remote lunar and Martian regions.
Scientists share the gross, scary, and often hilarious reality of doing experiments in the wild.