Stephen Johnson is a St. Louis-based writer whose work has been published by outlets including PBS Digital Studios, HuffPost, MSN, U.S. News & World Report, Eleven Magazine and The Missourian.
A thief left her phone at the scene. The victim took over her social media, sparking a wild internet-sleuthing saga
When you unintentionally step on a dog's tail, does it know that it was an accident?
A 2020 study has revived a longstanding controversy over Christopher Columbus' claims of marauding cannibals in the Caribbean.
Our brains did not evolve to shop on Amazon.
Prosthetic arms can cost amputees $80,000. A startup called Unlimited Tomorrow is aiming to change that by making customized 3D-printed bionic arms for just $8,000.
For nearly two centuries, courts have relied on the subjective "reasonable person standard" to solve legal disputes. Now, science can help.
Cancer cells seem to have a harder time growing among pair-bonded mice, according to a new study that explored the "widowhood effect."
Fintech companies are using elements of video games to make personal finance more fun. But does it work, and what are the risks?
The non-contact technique could someday be used to lift much heavier objects — maybe even humans.
Virtual reality continues to blur the line between the physical and the digital, and it will change our lives forever.
The same parts of the brain that help us navigate complex social interactions can also drive us to make wildly bad investments.
For decades, researchers have proposed that climate change and human-caused environmental destruction led to demographic collapse on Easter Island. That's probably false, according to new research.
When facing a predator, single cells sometimes unite to defend themselves, paving the way for more complex multicellular life forms to evolve.
A new study mapped areas of the U.S. that are most likely to suffer natural disasters.
The Younger Dryas impact hypothesis argues that a comet strike caused major changes to climate and human cultures on Earth about 13,000 years ago.
The Taupo volcano was responsible for one of the most violent eruptions on record.
A brief passage from a recent UN report describes what could be the first-known case of an autonomous weapon, powered by artificial intelligence, killing in the battlefield.
Buildings don't have to be permanent — modular construction can make them modifiable and relocatable.
Too few babies — not overpopulation — is likely to be a major problem this century.
Anger and silence are the two worst reactions.
As droughts threaten water supplies across the planet, some municipalities aim to utilize an untapped resource: sewage water.