The environmental benefits of the coronavirus pandemic are only temporary, warns the head of the UN Environment Programme.
Video meetings on the popular platform don't seem to offer end-to-end encryption as advertised.
Facing a shortage of medical resources, doctors in the U.S. may have to make difficult moral decisions over how to allocate care.
Lawrence "Larry" Brilliant, an American epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, warned about the inevitability of a global pandemic in a now-famous 2006 TED Talk.
The Alzheimer's Association says its new analysis and surveys "should sound an alarm regarding the future of dementia care in America."
Methane is 80 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
From understanding human aggression to epigenetics, Stanford University offers all 25 lessons of this fascinating course for free on YouTube.
A recent study on monkeys found that stimulating a certain part of the forebrain wakes monkeys from anesthesia.
The CDC estimates that more than 210,000 people in the U.S. have been hospitalized by the flu this season.
The White House is reportedly considering an executive order that would open up public access to scientific research.
Your answer might depend on whom the quote is attributed to, according to the results of a recent study.
A new study suggests that the type of alarm clock you use might affect the severity of sleep inertia you experience.
Got $55 million lying around? If so, you might be able to score a spot aboard the International Space Station starting 2024.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) created an online dashboard map that provides up-to-date data on reported cases and deaths worldwide.
Australia's beloved and bizarre egg-laying mammal could start vanishing in coming years if current trends continue.
Scientists used CT scanning and 3D-printing technology to re-create the voice of Nesyamun, an ancient Egyptian priest.
The TRUTHS mission aims to collect extremely precise data on how much radiation Earth absorbs and reflects.
The 17-year-old climate activist gets a lot of criticism online. Which of those critiques hold water?
From talking about Schrödinger's cat to nuking the South Pole, this decades-old interview shows why Kaku was born to be a science educator.
A new study shows that altering the ISS and TOR pathways in roundworms can extend lifespan by 500 percent.
An ongoing experiment aboard the International Space Station aims to find out more about the fundamentals of combustion.
A photo showing two Alabama police officers bragging about a "homeless quilt" made from confiscated panhandling signs raises questions about the constitutionality of panhandling.
For the third time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting U.S. president.
It's a victory for homeless advocates on the West Coast, who say criminalizing homelessness is cruel and ineffective.
A growing body of research suggests that the "clinical pessimism" over treating psychopathy is unwarranted.
The Jerezo crater — where Mars 2020 is set to land — could be a good place to find signs of past life on Mars.
A recent study challenges the conventional thinking that says only young people can dream up successful new businesses.
The academic performance of American schoolchildren hasn't budged in two decades, despite billions of dollars in increased funding.
The encyclopedia offers more "reliable" information than Wikipedia, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The semiautonomous could help to protect officers, but some are concerned about how exactly police plan to use it.
The bill would effectively legalize marijuana at the federal level, while allowing states to draft their own laws.
A new paper suggests that the mysterious X17 subatomic particle is indicative of a fifth force of nature.
Entomologist William Romoser of Ohio University says NASA images depict insect- and reptile-like creatures on Mars.
The campaign promise could only become law if the Labour Party wins the general election in December.
The vaccine is 97.5% effective in protecting against the Zaire species of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization.
Can neural networks help scientists discover laws about more complex phenomena, like quantum mechanics?
A new paper claims that scientists might be wildly mistaken about the density — and therefore, the shape — of our universe.
Focusing on the present moment has some strange effects on how people estimate stretches of time.
Misinformation in political ads bring "significant ramifications that today's democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said.
Ads from political figures are exempt from fact-checking, according to Facebook's recently updated policies.
To prevent torturous experiments on organoids, some are calling for clearer definitions of consciousness.
The results have startling implications about the evolution of psychopathy in humans.
"We seem to be racing toward a new configuration of government and industry without having fully thought through all of the implications," Steve Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, told MIT Technology Review.
From LED-equipped visors to transparent masks, these inventions aim to thwart facial recognition cameras.
But the U.S. remains an "innovation powerhouse," according to the annual report from the World Economic Forum.
From literature to physics, the annual Nobel Prizes aim to highlight the most groundbreaking achievements in every field.
What image of femininity is subtly imposed on us in the war against toxic masculinity?
"At this point our data is more valuable than oil," Yang said. "If anyone benefits from our data it should be us."
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.