Metaphors like the Great Chain of Being can lead people to misunderstand evolution and humanity’s place in the web of life.
A gigantic bacterium evolved differently than fundamental models of biology would have predicted. Simply put, these bacteria shouldn't exist.
Livestock now outweighs wild mammals and birds ten-fold.
Bathybius haeckelii was briefly thought to be the link between inorganic matter and organic life.
There might be a hard limit to our knowledge of the Universe.
Evolution repeatedly hit upon this solution simply because it works.
Like sneaking veggies into dessert, these board games teach STEM, strategy, and executive functions through the joys of play.
Human beings are descendants of these early tetrapods – at least those who made a new life on land.
There will always be "wolf-criers" whose claims wither under scrutiny. But aliens are certainly out there, if science dares to find them.
The laws of physics don't prefer matter over antimatter. So how can we be certain that distant stars & galaxies aren't made of antimatter?
The Vertebrate Genomes Project may spell good news for the kakapo and the vaquita.
The world is facing many crises, and we should look to natural interdependence and ancient wisdom as we explore science for solutions.
Probably not. Even though we're still investigating the origin of life, the evidence suggests that cells came much later.
According to Peter Ward's "Medea hypothesis," photosynthesizing organisms regularly doom most life on Earth by over-consuming carbon dioxide.
To be successful at bonsai cultivation, you must acquire the perseverance and unconditional kindness normally reserved for devout monks.
Its apples taste bad, but institutions all over the world want a descendant or clone of the tree, anyway.
Mammals have a history stretching back 325 million years. To study that ancient history is to know our own origins.
Back to the drawing board.
Some fish evolved legs and walked onto the land. Right?
Exceptionally high-quality videos allow scientists to formally introduce a remarkable new comb jelly.
We don't know what causes Miyake events, but these great surges of energy can help us understand the past — while posing a threat to our future.
Ignoring the legacy of William Shakespeare is difficult for any writer, let alone one as quintessentially English as "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien.
Just as human beings diversified so that people in Asia look different from people in Europe, so too did their microbiomes.
More than 1,000 years ago, Mesoamerican societies conducted one of history's most interesting experiments in commodity money.
"I grew up in New Jersey in the 1970s and that experience gave me everything I needed to become a skeptic."
1859's Carrington event gave us a preview of how catastrophic the Sun could be for humanity. But it could get even worse than we imagined.