Across time and place, our species’ life span is remarkably consistent.
When doctors can directly access patients' cerebral reward networks, someone has to decide just how good people should feel.
A century ago, a small but influential group of artists and researchers teamed up to discover and introduce strange new species to the public.
A road trip through the geological ruins of our planet's worst mass extinction.
Climate change explains only 20 percent of the movement.
A molecular record of smells could give future generations a sense of the past.
A mistranslation is spreading misinformation about the news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A new study explains why the controversial hiatus doesn’t amount to much.
The answer to a longstanding mystery suggests that proteins are far more malleable than previously thought.
The idea is a 19th-century myth that was started by scientists who never actually measured our ability to detect odors.
Researchers are using high-resolution satellite images to count the large birds on remote islands.
Should scientists give results to participants in research studies if they haven’t been validated in a clinical lab?
Astronomers combined telescope observations across the electromagnetic spectrum to produce a glittering new image of the Crab Nebula.
The ability to hold back its destructive side has allowed one bacterium to repeatedly colonize the bodies of animals.
The Vietnamese government believes it can stomp out the illegal industry within the next few years. If it succeeds, it will need to find new homes for hundreds of bears.
A group of scientists is pushing ahead with plans to build whole genomes—including human ones—from scratch.
It came from a giant Montana quarry, not Sigourney Weaver’s fridge.
It’s not clear what the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B is supposed to do—or if it’s worth its hefty price tag.
A father-son writing and illustration team tells the story of the Western thinkers that fell afoul of the church at the dawn of modernity.
Homo naledi was alive between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago, which complicates the story of human evolution.