An intriguing new study has provoked the right-wing blogosphere, but this line of research presents more questions than answers.
Norm Pace has spent his life as an explorer, charting dangerous caves and ushering in the golden age of microbiology.
Plastic production is rapidly accelerating, according to an ambitious new paper—but only 9 percent of it gets recycled.
Bringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis, and personalized treatment—but for some, gene testing has only resulted in unanswered questions.
A layer cake of bat poop and sand reveals the history of tsunamis in the Indian Ocean.
With a few tweaks, the fungus behind bread and beer could become a simple, low-cost cholera detector.
A cluster of space rocks orbiting the planet may have come from within the planet itself.
Astronomers have detected a mystery transmission at a frequency they haven’t observed before.
A Catalan winery is preparing for the industry’s future by reviving its past.
While looking for exoplanets, astronomers discovered the tiniest star ever found, just slightly bigger than Saturn.
Dozens of people answered an astrophysicist’s call to decrypt a transmission from an imaginary civilization 50 light-years away.
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.
The Juno spacecraft has returned stunning images of Jupiter’s best-known feature.
It’s a step toward turning microbes into living hard drives.
Most of the Earth’s surface is ocean. Life began there. But marine life accounts for only 15 percent of the world’s species.
A new book about the astronomer describes the struggles she faced while trying to answer one question: Are we alone in the universe?
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 conversation with two immunologists about the “little digressions” that shape their research and careers
A marine biologist might have a clue to who—or what—was responsible for one of America’s most infamous war mysteries.
An evolutionary biologist studies how flocks of birds, slime molds, networks of neurons, and other biological collectives jointly process information.