It expands by 10,000 times in a fraction of a second, it’s 100,000 times softer than Jell-O, and it fends off sharks and Priuses alike.
Microbes can produce so much alcohol that people become drunk—and sustain liver damage—without touching any booze.
Though the continent has 3 billion fewer birds than it did in 1970, those losses are hard to glean because it’s the commonest species that have been hit hardest.
The people of pre-colonial Puerto Rico did not disappear entirely—a new study shows that the island’s residents still carry bits of their DNA.
Scientists taught rats to play hide-and-seek in order to study natural animal behavior—but it was also fun, for both the researchers and the animals.
I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you.
To understand how bar-headed geese cross the Himalayas, the astronaut Jessica Meir had to raise some herself.
Certain species of coral release their eggs and sperm with perfect synchronization. But a new study suggests their incredible timing is starting to slip.
By analyzing blood samples 120 times faster than a traditional microscope, Octopi can lighten the load of overworked lab technicians.
To understand the virus’s history, a team worked to reconstruct its genome from a time before anyone knew the virus existed.
Even the squishy can make great bounds.
A long-standing mystery about early cells has a solution—and it’s a rather magical one.
Emissions of mercury have declined, but levels in fish could still increase thanks to overfishing and a changing climate.
Five years ago, the doctor Kent Brantly was evacuated back to the U.S. after being infected with Ebola—against the wishes of the man who is now president.
The story of CTVT—a contagious cancer that spreads from dog to dog—gets weirder all the time.
When Kevin Langergraber heard a scream in the rain forest, he ran to see what was happening.
A new study suggests that evidence for microbes found on placentas was the result of lab contamination.
Through underground connections with its neighbors, it somehow stays alive. What does that say about the concept of a tree, or the future of forests?
Ten years ago, a neuroscientist said that within a decade he could simulate a human brain. Spoiler: It didn’t happen.
The ongoing outbreak is the second worst in history and has proved to be unusually difficult to contain.
Hearing people talk can terrify even top predators such as mountain lions, with consequences that ripple through entire ecosystems.