A first-of-its-kind experiment validates a powerful way for rich countries to cost-effectively reduce carbon emissions.
Norm Pace has spent his life as an explorer, charting dangerous caves and ushering in the golden age of microbiology.
With a few tweaks, the fungus behind bread and beer could become a simple, low-cost cholera detector.
Three astrophysicists calculate that even huge asteroids and exploding stars probably wouldn’t wipe out all life.
They join an elite group of animals that includes great apes, but not monkeys or 3-year-old human children.
It’s a step toward turning microbes into living hard drives.
Kevin Esvelt argues that the tremendous power of CRISPR can only be contained if scientists are open about their research.
Population declines tell a much scarier story.
When an animal’s body consists almost entirely of leg, its biology gets really weird.
The Trump administration wants to prospect the Atlantic for oil and gas using loud explosive blasts that will seriously harm whales, fish, and other marine life.
The latest outbreak was swiftly contained by a fast, decisive response, acting as a model for containing infectious diseases in remote places.
It’s about the capacity to print a human genome.
Genetic tests have ushered in a new era of root-seeking and community-building, says social scientist Alondra Nelson.
The pioneer biochemist feels a responsibility to weigh in on ethical debates about gene editing.
A new study points to a surprising reason for the varied shape of bird eggs—and shows that most eggs aren’t actually egg-shaped.
For the cabbage white, sex involves sperm packages of ungodly size, genitals that double as a souped-up stomach, and an unexpected set of chewing jaws.
Their bodies pile up by the hundreds, nourishing the Serengeti—and contributing to the circle of life.
With help from bacteria, these shellfish can thrive on volcanoes made of asphalt.
Three Stanford scientists have proposed a provocative new way of thinking about genetic variants, and how they affect people’s bodies and health.
Humans aren't the only mammals who kill each other. So how do we stack up to lions, tigers, and bears?