There’s no way to know for sure, but Margaret Ann Neve was one of them.
The surprising benefits of stultification
How Alan Eustace, a Google engineer on the edge of retirement, broke the world record for high-altitude jumping
The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.
Henderson Island is isolated and uninhabited—but its beaches are still covered in garbage.
A new study suggests that even slight amounts of global warming will devastate Australia and destroy its famous reef.
How early childhood became political
A molecular record of smells could give future generations a sense of the past.
Some right whales disappear for years, only to reemerge in strange places with a baby.
A mistranslation is spreading misinformation about the news from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
As I wrote a few weeks ago, advances in biotechnology could make this a pressing question in the near future—and…
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.
Two camps of theorists are bickering in public—with one saying the others’ ideas don’t even qualify as science.
A reader reflects on our ongoing series: There’s a circle I absolutely cannot square: I…
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.
… for now.
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.