The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.
Their efforts will make it much easier to breed new varieties of the world’s most important crop.
The biggest animals should have the highest risks of developing tumors, but they don’t.
People know a famous community of killer whales as individuals, with their own names, families, and personalities—which has made their woes even harder to take.
After losing an unnecessary gene millions of years ago, marine mammals are now uniquely vulnerable to pesticides that have only existed for a century.
An indigenous Mexican corn gets its nitrogen from the air.
And male doctors do better when they have more female colleagues.
His nominee, Kelvin Droegemeier, is an accomplished meteorologist who studies storms and other extreme weather.
The museum is giving its ancient animals a modern makeover.
It also makes their butts fall off.
A stunning case of natural selection in action
An unusual detective story
Researchers have found 1,271 gene variants associated with years of formal education. That’s important, but not for the obvious reasons.
By killing the biggest animals, we’ve allowed smaller and more vulnerable species to remodel the terrain.
Deep waters have long been seen as potential refuges for endangered corals, but a new study suggests that they offer no sanctuary.
Some weaken their hosts’ immune systems by sacrificing themselves in kamikaze fashion, paving the way for successful infections later.
It can get aggressive.
Several new studies have rejuvenated a long-dismissed idea that links the common brain disease to the viral infections.
By eating seabirds, the rodents weaken the flow of nutrients into the oceans, endangering coral reefs and the fish that live there.
Several new discoveries suggest that our species didn’t arise from a single point in space. Instead, the entire continent was our cradle.
The closest living relative of the precolonial canines isn’t even a dog. It’s a contagious cancer.