The Human Genome Project put together 92% of our DNA blueprint. Here's what it took to complete the rest.
The ethical debate over zoos is going to grow louder. There might be a solution that involves robots.
Fossilized footprints found at an excavation site in southwest New Mexico prove humans colonized the continent much earlier than previously thought.
Both views are equally spectacular, but unequally informative. Every so often, a creative amateur project highlights our professional achievements. This mosaic shows the region between the constellations of Cygnus and […]
The pieces don't represent an army, they stand in for the Western social order.
Maps can do more than show us places. They also can help determined people find others long lost, whether birth mothers or fugitive killers.
We're used to scientists telling us about the math and physics behind astronomical events. But what does studying space make us feel?
The peasant turned czarist advisor has come to be known and feared as the devil incarnate, but was he really as demonic as we have been led to believe?
One million year old mammoth DNA more than doubles the previous record and suggests that even older genomes could be found.
A school lesson leads to more precise measurements of the extinct megalodon shark, one of the largest fish ever.
It’s the early 20th century, and you are the captain of a ship. A barquentine specifically—three masts and a coal-burning steam engine in her belly. She’s a sturdy and capable […]
Australian researchers figure out a new way to apply extreme pressure and squeeze out diamonds.
Most of us will never run a 4 minute mile. But on a bicycle, almost anyone can do it. As human beings, we often take for granted how our bodies work. […]
The sudden prevalence of an artery in the forearm is evidence that we're still very much a work in progress.
Research shows that sparrows and other animals use plants to heal themselves.
Legendary cartoonist John Groth's pictorial map captures LA's film factories in their Golden Age.
Deep underwater, temperatures are close to freezing and the pressure is 1,000 times higher than at sea level.
We all know somebody who avoids meat. These schools of thought suggest those people are onto something.
The loss of elephants accelerates climate change.