The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.
Backed by major funders, a group of scientists has created a platform to help the world’s disease detectives. Will it work?
In less than 130,000 years, humans have sawed off the most evolutionarily distinct branches from our family tree.
And those who spend the most time babysitting end up with more babies of their own.
The gentle giants have ended up in golf courses, forests, and backyards.
A chemical analysis of excavated bones shows that Mesoamericans had a long history of keeping the fiercest predators around in captivity.
A new study adds to the evidence that routine moments of “disdain, distance, and disrespect” have health consequences.
After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence.
There’s an easy way to find an ancient human in a bag of bones.
Dung beetles sexually transmit nematodes, and that’s a good thing—for them, and their young.
Long-banned pollutants called PCBs could wipe out many orca groups within the next century.
The self-cleaning structures in the animal’s mouth could inspire new designs for human-made filters.
Scientists have finally confirmed that a weird ribbed oval called Dickinsonia is an animal.
Despite their wacky brains, these intelligent animals seem to respond to the drug in a very similar way to humans.
DNA from dung and tusks helped expose the three major groups behind most of Africa’s ivory smuggling.
A study in mice hints at a new approach for thwarting neurodegenerative diseases—but many questions remain.
Fifteen years after the Human Genome Project, scientists are still mostly studying genes that have already been well studied.
The discovery of modern microbes in a deeply buried fossil has complicated an already tangled dispute in paleontology.
Red lines on a 73,000-year-old rock predate other ancient drawings by at least 30,000 years.
One prominent study said 55 percent, its critics say 4 percent, and they both used the same data.
Bighorn sheep and moose learn to migrate from one another. When they die, that generational know-how is not easily replaced.