His career as an eminent physicist was derailed by an obsession. Was he a genius or a crackpot?
Scientists are just beginning to understand how microscopic organisms that rise out of the ocean can help manage global temperatures.
Who knows where the last hour went.
A new study hints at how the brain flags different flavors as delicious or disgusting.
… and could help explain why humans have so many sleep disruptions later in life.
The closer your phone is to your face, the more it distorts your nose.
Roman dice were often visibly biased, but that might not have mattered to someone who believed in divine intervention.
The number of people who speak a language seems to affect how new words and structures spread.
This evolutionarily perplexing behavior could help repair damaged DNA.
Researchers are just beginning to shed light on the busy microbial communities that live on the seabed.
At a shiny new lab in Japan, an international team of scientists is trying to figure out what puts us under.
How does a country decide what risks are acceptable in everyday life?
The bushy-tailed rodents appear to remember where they put different types of food, at least for a few hours.
A chart maker’s drawings suggest even more coral has disappeared around the Florida Keys than previously thought.
A new mathematical model explores the complex reasons herd animals stay with a group or leave it.
Research suggests that water is sensed by the same taste cells that detect sourness.
People take more risks when downing caffeine-and-alcohol cocktails—but only if they know what they’re drinking.
Gas compressors in New Mexico seem to mess with some arthropods’ behavior.
Environmental differences that show up in fungi might give researchers a glimpse of climate shifts that have only just begun.
A molecular record of smells could give future generations a sense of the past.