Caltech engineers create a stable ring of plasma in the air, a feat thought impossible.
Despite accusations of racial stereotyping, most Dutch cities and towns keep the traditional blackface version of 'Zwarte Piet'.
Wow. Such comments. Much deep pondering. Witty banter and great points abounded this week. Did you make the cut?
This research is helping scientists overcome a fundamental machine learning problem.
A new study links multiple sex partners and smoking to head and neck, or oropharyngeal, cancer.
An MIT study finds that even toddlers can learn the value of hard work and perseverance.
An AI watchdog supported by Elon Musk releases a horrifying new film warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons in the near future.
A new Credit Suisse report shows 27% growth since 2008 in the world’s wealth, with a disproportionately large share going to the already wealthy.
Since at least the dawn of our species, we've been making and remaking god(s) in our own image. The strange transformations of religion—and faith, the strange impulse that animates it.
As the effects of climate change threaten to render coastal regions around the world uninhabitable, one company is developing a stylish – and very expensive – solution.
Which is worse? Alcohol or marijuana?
Is consciousness everywhere? Is it a basic feature of the Universe, at the very heart of the tiniest subatomic particles? Such an idea – panpsychism as it is known – might sound like New Age mysticism, but some...
Have you ever wondered why modern-day mammals have adaptations for nighttime activity? A new study suggests dinosaurs might be the reason.
For teens, finding help alone can prove all but impossible. But is mental health skewed towards the white, young, and affluent? The need for a simple method to help these teens is clear, and urgent.
Elon Musk's Tesla Motors unveiled its first-ever electric semi truck.
Social observers are particularly attuned to braggadocio. What do you think of a person who claims to be a better driver, performer or lover than average? Is this person better described as confident or cocky;...
Find the right genes and we’ll have a way to prolong life and good health, perhaps indefinitely.
Several investigations have looked into the Taos hum. One scientist believes he has the most likely culprit.
From illegal stimulants to formaldehyde, toxins are freely sold in supermarkets everywhere. Where is the FDA?
North Korea has a long history of making bellicose threats that defy global norms. So does that mean the country's leaders are irrational, and will act irrationally?