Fifty years of research on children's toy preferences shows that kids generally prefer toys oriented toward their own gender.
The uptick in Arctic lightning could cause more wildfires, potentially triggering a feedback loop that releases massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
Researchers in Singapore invented a novel device that may help the island nation illuminate its growing underground infrastructure.
Snakes and mammals share common genetic building blocks necessary for producing venom.
The Field Medal was created to elevate promising mathematicians from underrepresented demographics. But has it followed through on that goal?
The conventional wisdom may be wrong. Consulting Google for information about medical symptoms might not be as counterproductive as commonly thought, new research suggests.
Humans are more likely to have "first contact" with an advanced alien civilization, according to a recent NASA-funded paper.
A new study explores how using positive labels to describe a majority group may negative impact perceptions of minority groups.
Ultrasound might be able to damage the novel coronavirus in the same way an opera singer's voice can shatter a wine glass.
Creating an afterlife—or a simulation of one—would take vast amounts of energy. Some scientists think the best way to capture that energy is by building megastructures around stars.
"Large-scale indiscriminate killing is a horror that is not just a feature of the modern and historic periods, but was also a significant process in pre-state societies," the researchers wrote.
Using machine-learning technology, the genealogy company My Heritage enables users to animate static images of their relatives.
Millions of doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine could be distributed as early as this week.
Scientists are using bioelectronic medicine to treat inflammatory diseases, an approach that capitalizes on the ancient "hardwiring" of the nervous system.
The study suggests scientists are underestimating the number of animal species that could generate the next novel coronavirus.
Scientists with the the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Legacy Imaging Surveys spent six years creating a detailed map of more than 1 billion galaxies.
Artist Seán Doran recently created more than eight hours of high-definition video using images captured by Japan's SELENE lunar orbiter.
A new paper explores how noise from human activities pollutes the oceans, and what we can do to fix it.
"Deepfakes" and "cheap fakes" are becoming strikingly convincing — even ones generated on freely available apps.
In the future, you might voluntarily share your social media data with your psychiatrist to inform a more accurate diagnosis.
Clinical trials at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research focus on stabilizing cognitive loss and alleviating the psychotic symptoms that change our loved ones.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently issued $8 million in follow-up funding to a team of neuroengineers developing brain-to-brain and brain-to-machine technology.
A new study casts doubt on previous research showing that emotional well-being plateaus at an income of $75,000 per year.
The main bioactive compound in catnip seems to protect cats from mosquitoes. It might protect humans, too.
NASA is scrapping its Apollo-era launcher platform to make room for new infrastructure that will support upcoming Artemis missions.
A new study explains how a chaotic region just outside a black hole's event horizon might provide a virtually endless supply of energy.
Dr. Eric Lander is a pioneer in genomics. What role will he play in the new administration?
How would the ability to genetically customize children change society? Sci-fi author Eugene Clark explores the future on our horizon in Volume I of the "Genetic Pressure" series.
Northwell Health is using insights from website traffic to forecast COVID-19 hospitalizations two weeks in the future.
The federal government and private insurers greatly increased Americans' telehealth access during the pandemic. Will these changes be permanent?
"The function of private media is to make money for the people who own the media. It is a business," Sanders said.
For several weeks after considering the ethics of eating meat, participants in an experiment changed their eating habits.
Ultraviolet LED lights could soon be used to help disinfect air and surfaces in buildings, planes, subways and other spaces.
A new study explores the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic drug ibogaine, which has been used in Africa for centuries.
Gun violence is a public health crisis that is notoriously difficult to study because of politics. Finally, a new research initiative has the green light to collect life-saving data.
"Our mission is to completely replace the use of animals as a food technology by 2035," said Patrick O. Brown at the 2020 Web Summit.
Psychedelic therapy will become legal in Oregon in 2023. That's thanks largely to a renaissance of psychedelic research that's changing attitudes on the substances' medical potential.
Puerto Rico's iconic telescope facilitated important scientific discoveries while inspiring young scientists and the public imagination.
The Google-owned company developed a system that can reliably predict the 3D shapes of proteins.
Vegans and vegetarians often have nutrient deficiencies and lower BMI, which can increase the risk of fractures.
A new method is able to create realistic models of the human heart, which could vastly improve how surgeons train for complex procedures.
It's never too late to learn a new language. Just don't count on speaking French like a Parisian.
Synchronous movement seems to help us form cohesive groups by shifting our thinking from "me" to "we."
It's "the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date," said Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
It's a precautionary measure stemming from fears that mutated coronavirus strains may reduce the efficacy of future vaccines.
Both social media companies plan to implement special protocols on Tuesday as election results begin rolling in.
Think you can solve it? One mathematician has already offered about $1,000 and a bottle of champagne to whoever cracks it first.
"Interacting" with nature through virtual reality applications had especially strong benefits, according to the study.
A series of recent studies found that people with healthy levels of vitamin D were less likely to contract COVID-19 and suffer severe complications from it.
Roger Penrose used mathematics to show black holes actually exist. Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel helped uncover what lies at the center of our galaxy.
A new interactive documentary "How Normal Am I?" helps reveal the shortcomings of facial recognition technology.
Most said they want to act on their desire someday. But do open relationships actually work?
The 20th century was marked by waves of pro-democracy revolutions. Now, the future of democracy looks uncertain.
New research conducted on mice suggests repeated heavy drinking causes synaptic dysfunctions that lead to anxiety.
The electric car manufacturer says updates to its battery design and manufacturing process will help lower production costs.
From cryonics to time travel, here are some of the (highly speculative) methods that might someday be used to bring people back to life.
People remember when governments lie to them and it lowers their satisfaction in government officials.
Welcome to the world's newest motorsport: manned multicopter races that exceed speeds of 100 mph.
"The results change the perception of who a Viking actually was," said project leader Professor Eske Willerslev.
The 'Charleston Loophole' has likely allowed thousands of guns to end up in the hands of people who would have failed a federal background check.
Stewart is supporting a new bill that aims to extend health care and disability benefits to veterans who served alongside burn pits.
Targeting a signaling pathway in mice helped them retain muscle and bone mass aboard the International Space Station, according to a new study.
The drive would provide enough thrust for a spacecraft to travel near the speed of light using only electricity, says physicist Jim Woodward.
This medieval-themed meme highlights a shady yet all too common rhetorical move people make in arguments.
In some countries, religiosity and pro-science attitudes are actually positively correlated, according to the results of a recent study.
Otto Aviation says the hourly cost of flying the new Celera 500L is about six times cheaper than conventional aircraft.
A new study shows that anxiety has been rapidly increasing among young adults in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018.
Google's Arts & Culture app just added a suite of prehistoric animals and NASA artifacts that are viewable for free with a smartphone.
Spending time in green spaces seems to yield many health benefits, most of which researchers are only beginning to understand.
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.