Buildings don't have to be permanent — modular construction can make them modifiable and relocatable.
As droughts threaten water supplies across the planet, some municipalities aim to utilize an untapped resource: sewage water.
Science journals may be lowering their standards to publish studies with eye-grabbing — but probably incorrect — results.
U.S. officials suspect a foreign adversary is targeting American personnel with some form of "directed-energy" weapon.
Since 1957, the world's space agencies have been polluting the space above us with countless pieces of junk, threatening our technological infrastructure and ability to venture deeper into space.
A new study explores how investors' behavior is affected by participating in online communities, like Reddit's WallStreetBets.
A new study used functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure brain activity as inexperienced and experienced soccer players took penalty kicks.
A team of scientists managed to install onto a smartphone a spectrometer that's capable of identifying specific molecules — with cheap parts you can buy online.
A small percentage of people who consume psychedelics experience strange lingering effects, sometimes years after they took the drug.
Scientists have long puzzled over how Mars, a cold and dry planet, was once warm enough to support liquid water.
Cannabidiol (CBD) seems to reduce the unpleasantness of pain, a finding that surprised the researchers behind a new, first-of-its-kind study.
The answer seems to be a series of evolutionary trade-offs that help protect organs in women, according to a recent study.
A recent study used fMRI to compare the brains of psychopathic criminals with a group of 100 well-functioning individuals, finding striking similarities.
A recent study of Iceland's Krafla volcanic caldera suggests hidden magma pools may be lurking under many of the world's volcanic systems.
The 'Monkeydactyl' was a flying reptile that evolved highly specialized adaptations in the Mesozoic Era.
A recent study analyzed the skulls of early Homo species to learn more about the evolution of primate brains.
The lush biodiversity of South America's rainforests is rooted in one of the most cataclysmic events that ever struck Earth.
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?
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.