1,500-Year-Old Trash Piles Hint at a Byzantine City’s Collapse
The Byzantine-era settlement of Elusa might have been crippled by the effects of climate change decades before the Islamic conquests of the seventh century.
Hurricane Maria Devastated Puerto Rico’s Forests at an Unprecedented Rate
The tropical storm snapped and uprooted trees long thought to be the hardiest—and some of the most important for keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.
First Monkey Born Via Sperm Extracted From Transplanted Testicular Tissue
The new technique could help restore fertility in men who underwent damaging cancer treatments in childhood.
Lack of Diversity in Genetic Research Could be Costing Us Our Health
Large-scale genetic studies still draw mostly on data from people of European descent—and that’s bad for everyone.
Can Artificial Intelligence Help Save the Natural World?
AI-powered tools are giving conservationists new ways to combat the daunting, ongoing, human-caused problem of mass extinction. It won’t be easy.
On the Asteroid Bennu, Surprising Activity and Rugged Terrain
OSIRIS-REx’s mission to the asteroid has come across some surprising findings that might affect its ability to collect samples to bring back to Earth.
Bacteria Get Funky in Space. Scientists Are Fighting With Metal.
Bacteria, both good and bad, go wherever humans do. Understanding their quirks in outer space is key to preserving astronauts’ health.
Sharing the Womb with A Male Twin Might Change the Trajectory of a Woman’s Life
Having a male, rather than female, twin can impact a woman’s education, income, and family size—even if the two aren't raised together.
Some Waterfalls Might Form Spontaneously. Here’s How.
By modeling the flow of a gravel-filled river, researchers have shown that some waterfalls might be able to form on their own.
Could Google Street View Help Track Gentrification?
A new computer algorithm identifies exterior changes to buildings, helping researchers monitor rapidly changing neighborhoods in urban centers.
A Solar Storm Rocked the Earth 2,700 Years Ago—and Left Traces in Greenland’s Ice
Radioactive chemicals, preserved for thousands of years, reveal that a powerful solar storm swept over our planet around 660 BCE.
Do Genes Dictate How Mice Cope With Trauma?
Scientists have uncovered a gene that affects how mice encode fear-based memories—which could inform the study of psychiatric disorders like PTSD in humans.
For Hyenas, Climbing the Social Ladder is Easier with Friends
In these female-dominated clans, the name of the throne-toppling game might just be camaraderie.
Humans are Driving Chimpanzee Culture Out of Existence
Sophisticated chimpanzee behaviors like fishing, nut cracking, and bathing are fading in the presence of humans.
What Prompted the Mass Sacrifice of Hundreds of Children and Llamas in Ancient Peru?
Archaeologists think the ritual, which felled 137 children and 200 llamas, might have been motivated by recent natural disaster.
The Algorithm Will See You Now: How AI is Helping Doctors Diagnose and Treat Patients
Artificial intelligence researchers are building tools to quickly and accurately turn data into diagnoses. But practical limitations and ethical concerns mean humans should remain in charge.
After Conquering Space, Water Bears Could Save the Global Vaccine and Blood Supply
Special proteins that help tardigrades survive extreme conditions might be the key to extending the shelf life of life-saving pharmaceuticals.
FDA Approves First Major New Depression Treatment in Decades
Experts' opinions on the new drug, designed for people suffering from the most extreme forms of treatment-resistant depression and administered in the form of a nasal spray, are split.
A Second Patient Has Entered Long-Term Remission from HIV
Twelve years after the first man was declared to be rid of HIV, a second patient has achieved a similar milestone, sparking hope that a cure may someday be possible.
This Squid’s Glowing Microbes Can Reprogram Its Eyes From Afar
A squid’s eye view of its own microbes shows the intimate link between a nocturnal sea-dweller and its cache of bioluminescent bacteria.
Ground-Penetrating Radar Reveals Military Structures Buried Beneath Alcatraz Penitentiary
Using non-invasive techniques, archaeologists have confirmed the presence of a coastal fortification beneath what was once the prison’s recreation yard.
Battle Scars on Pluto and Charon Reveal the Solar System’s Origins
Craters on Pluto and Charon hint at a surprisingly small number of tiny objects in the Kuiper Belt—which could rework theories on how the planets formed.
Protein Clumping Drives ALS and Dementia. This New Method Could Prevent It.
Scientists developed a method of “baiting” a protein that would otherwise ball up into toxic clumps and damage brain function.
Thanks to Nanoparticle Injections, These Mice Can See in Infrared. Are We Next?
With metal nanoparticles, infrared can be converted into visible light in the eyes of mice. If it can be applied in humans, this tech could eventually help treat colorblindness or lead to built-in night vision.
Your Next Snowboard Could Come From a Plastic Bottle
A new “upcycling” process could turn plastic bottles into higher-quality materials like snowboards and car parts.
How Are We Preparing Students for Earth's Climate Future?
Using video excerpts from NOVA Decoding the Weather Machine and climate change data from organizations like NASA, NOAA, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Choosing Earth's Climate Future helps students understand how choices made today will affect the extent of global climate change.
Let a Snake-Inspired Robot Be Your Hero Today
Snake robots might come in handy for surgery, search-and-rescue missions, and even space exploration—but they’re nothing without the slithering serpents that inspire their design.
How Ocean Waves Can Help Keep Tabs on This Italian Supervolcano
Sounds of the sea aren’t just for conch shells: They can help volcanologists map what’s beneath active volcanoes like Italy’s Campi Flegrei.
When Keeping Flies at Bay, Zebras Can Thank Their Lucky Stripes
To solve the mystery of zebra stripes, these researchers looked to a horse of a different color.
Can Animals Survive on Minimal Sleep? For Fruit Flies, the Answer May Be Yes.
Chronic sleep deprivation doesn’t seem to shorten the lives of fruit flies. But that doesn’t mean the same is true for other species.
Deadly Indonesia Earthquake Reached Rare ‘Supershear’ Speed
The exceptional speed of a 2018 earthquake may explain its catastrophic effects.
Does AI Hold the Key to a New and Improved “Green Revolution” in Agriculture?
Producing enough healthy food to feed the world—on a changing planet—is going to be a steep challenge. These researchers are giving farmers AI-driven techniques and tools to find solutions.
How Does Microwaving Grapes Create Plumes of Plasma?
No kitchen appliances were harmed in the writing of this article.
Got a Penis? You Might Have Mom’s Placenta to Thank
Hormones from the testes aren’t all it takes to trigger the growth of a penis: This growing appendage may need a helping hand from chemicals in the placenta.
Forget GPS—This Robot Navigates Like an Ant
The six-legged AntBot uses clues from the sun to scuttle straight home on the most efficient path.
Three Rocket Trends That Failed to Launch
Before email, there was rocket mail. Kind of.
So Long, Snowman: Ultima Thule is Flatter Than We Thought
A new set of images beamed back from the New Horizons spacecraft reveals the unusual “pancake”-like shape of this Kuiper Belt Object.
X-Ray “Gun” Identifies A Shipwreck’s 800-Year-Old Knockoff Ceramics
Chemical analysis of qingbai wares aboard a Java Sea shipwreck identifies, with shocking precision, the origin of these ancient treasures.
Scientists Unveil An Eco-Friendly Way to Disinfect Water Using Light
A Chinese research team has developed a way to use light to purify water in half an hour without leaving behind metal pollutants.
More Than 40 Mummies Found In Newly Discovered Egyptian Burial Site
The mummies, which date between 323 B.C.E. and 30 B.C.E., mark the first of many Egyptian archaeological announcements in 2019.
Deaf Children Begin Processing Information Differently in Infancy
Being deaf from birth changes how a child interacts with the world in many ways. Even in their first year, deaf and hearing infants seem to process visual information differently.
A Bird’s Eye View of Quantum Entanglement
Scientists have long wondered how birds “read” Earth’s magnetic field to navigate. Some think entangled particles in birds’ eyes play a role.
In a First, China Launches Weather Observation Rockets from a Robotic Ship at Sea
Launching research rockets from crewless marine vehicles could mean improved access to atmospheric data over the oceans.
Could Vodka, Chips, and Dairy-Free Milk Products Safeguard Peru’s Agricultural Diversity?
Peru has a wealth of agricultural riches long maintained by farmers—among the world's poorest—in the high-altitude Andes. Efforts to value their stewardship are underway.
Think You Know the Polar Vortex? Think Again.
The relationship between climate change and the so-called “polar vortex” is complex. Let’s break it down.
Seeing “Evolution in Real Time”: Mice Blend in to Survive
By watching a population of deer mice shift in the span of a single generation, scientists have captured evolution in action, connecting genes to survival in the wild.
How People with Disabilities Are Using AI to Improve Their Lives
Advances in artificial intelligence have spurred the development of smart devices to help people overcome physical and cognitive challenges. And, this may just be the beginning.
Introducing: NOVA Science Studio
To diversify the voices we hear in science communication, NOVA has created a program where access meets opportunity for underrepresented youth.
Archaeologists Find New Way to Determine Sex of Cremated Individuals
Archaeologists figured out how to determine sex from ancient, cremated bones. It may help forensic scientists identify modern wildfire victims.
Not A Morning Person? There Might Be 350 Reasons Buried in Your Genome.
If you’re more of a night owl, you might be more likely to suffer from mental health issues.
Fish Use Physics to Avoid Running into Each Other
Groups of birds and fish may harness fluid dynamics to keep just the right distance from each other. Understanding how could help engineers build better robots.
A Record Number of Americans Understand That Global Warming Is Happening
The findings show that national comprehension of climate change as an urgent problem is very much on the rise.
Eavesdropping on Volcanoes’ Silent Symphonies Can Help Forecast Eruptions
Low-frequency sounds produced by active volcanoes can reveal their changing internal architecture in the lead-up to explosion.
Could Alzheimer’s Begin With Bacteria That Cause Gum Disease?
New research indicates that some cases of Alzheimer’s disease may involve infection by Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterial species that’s best known for causing gum disease in the mouth.
Six Stupendous Reasons to Appreciate the Heck Out of Squirrels
Take a deep dive into the world of these surprisingly brainy, aerodynamic, nut-crazed critters.
To Secure the Future of Food, Look to the Ancestors of Eggplant
At the World Vegetable Center, experts are looking to the wild relatives of domesticated crops—like eggplant—to save the human diet from climate change.
Did Facebook HQ Start the #10YearChallenge?
The viral “#10YearChallenge” might seem like a harmless meme, but rumors are spreading that its intent might not be so benevolent.
As Climate Change Reshapes the Antarctic, These Animals Might Fall First
A new study paints a sobering picture of how the animals that inhabit the Antarctic will be affected by changing temperatures, sea ice levels, food availability, and more.
Dispatches from Antarctica: Forever Changed by the Ice
Coming back from Earth’s southernmost continent is just as disorienting as going there.
This Rare Beetle Bucks Family Tradition—By Sucking the Life Out of Ants
Their closest relatives hide in burrows to ambush their prey. But Ozaena beetles have taken a different tack: infiltrating ant nests.
How Long Can A Bus-Sized Whale Shark Go Without Food?
By analyzing small samples of whale shark blood and tissue, researchers can track their diets years back in time.
AI Technology is Disrupting the Traditional Classroom. Here’s a Progress Report.
Artificial intelligence has the potential to personalize learning at scale. The challenge: making sure it benefits everyone.
Dispatches from Antarctica: Camp Bonney
The NOVA team explores one of the most perplexing formations in the Antarctica Dry Valleys: Blood Falls.
The Longest-Ever Government Shutdown is Affecting Public Health
One of the results brewing out of the public eye is a public health stalemate, particularly for women and minorities.
Behold, the Death of a Star—and the Birth of an Extra-Galactic Cow
New evidence suggests that a mysterious supernova known as “The Cow” may offer a rare glimpse into the creation of a black hole or neutron star.
In the World of Parrots, Nerdy Guys Get the Girls
After watching males succeed at a series of puzzling tasks, female birds traded their simple-minded beaus for more cognitively competent partners.
Could Nanofarms Really Transform Agriculture?
Big indoor farms are attracting big investments. But transforming agriculture might depend on putting nanofarms everywhere—maybe even in your home.
Dispatches from Antarctica: Penguin Day
The NOVA team's attempt to film a penguin colony didn't quite go according to plan.
Does A Universal Genetic Recipe for Monogamy Exist?
By fine-tuning the expression of a similar set of genes, mammals, birds, frogs, and fish may have all capitalized on a common toolkit in the transition to monogamy.
It's Not Just Us: Corals Also Thrive Best in Diverse Company
Birds of a feather may flock together, but when it comes to corals, sometimes it helps to mix things up.
You Shot a Rubber Band off Your Thumb. Why Didn’t Your Thumb Get Hit?
The answer, it turns out, involves some pretty serious physics.
Just in Time for the New Year, Ultima Thule Shows A Kiss Between Two Rocky Red Lobes
Ultima Thule looks to be two reddish spheres stuck together. This configuration may capture an interaction critical to the formation of planets.
New Year, New Horizons: NASA Celebrates Most Distant Space Encounter in History
With Ultima Thule in the rearview mirror, NASA celebrates its most far-flung flyby to date.
New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby Updates
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about to fly by Ultima Thule, an object in the Kuiper Belt. NOVA reports live from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD.
The Women of NASA's New Horizons Team Are Breaking Boundaries—in More Ways Than One
NASA is setting precedent for gender representation. Other dimensions of diversity, however, continue to be difficult to achieve.
New Horizons is Approaching Ultima Thule. Here’s What You Need to Know.
In preparation for the New Year’s Day flyby, catch up on the spacecraft’s 13-year journey through our solar system—and what might be up ahead.
In 2020, the Latest Mars Rover Will Land on Jezero Crater
Martian samples from the Jerezo creater could help refine our estimates of the ages of geologic features on planetary surfaces.
Females May Soon Dominate This Turtle Population. Here’s Why That Spells Trouble.
Temperature determines the sex of green turtle hatchlings. Changing climates may soon skew sex ratios dramatically, putting populations in danger.
These Dinosaurs Kept Cool With Krazy-Straw-Shaped Noses
Armored ankylosaurs like Panoplosaurus and Euoplocephalus had living air conditioners built into their noses, protecting their tiny brains from overheating.
Scientists Engineer Houseplants to Soak Up Cancer-Causing Chemicals
With an assist from genetic engineering, a common vine could someday serve as a crucial component of an indoor air filter.
Sugar Can Keep Good Microbes From Colonizing Your Gut
Simple sugars like fructose and glucose aren't just nutrients. They can also halt the production of proteins that foster the growth of beneficial gut microbes.
This Wasp Can Recognize Faces. Others Aren’t So Lucky.
Some types of paper wasps can tell individuals apart by facial features alone. Is the ability built in, or can it be learned?
Chatty Bacteria Might Be Most Vulnerable to Viruses
In a first, scientists have found that viruses that prey on microbes can understand the lingo of bacterial conversations—and may use the intel to time their attacks.
Dispatches from Antarctica: Mt. Erebus, the Most Polar Extreme
Beneath the frozen Antarctic ice, Earth’s plate tectonic machinery roars. Mt. Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world, is a window into this internal machinery.
New Fossils Reveal the Predatory Lifestyle of Australia’s ‘Top Marsupial Carnivore’
The first complete skeleton reconstruction of Thylacoleo carnifex, the “marsupial lion,” illuminates how this bizarre carnivore moved and ate.
By 2030, Earth’s Climate Could Look Like It Did 3 Million Years Ago
A planet-wide cooling trend that began nearly 50 million years ago is reversing due to climate change, scientists report.
Parents Might Pass the Effects of Prozac on to Future Generations
Treating zebrafish embryos with the active ingredient in Prozac can compromise the stress responses of generations to come.
These Mice Weathered Space. Here’s What Happened to Their Immune Systems.
A month of space flight might compromise the ability of mice to make disease-fighting antibodies—even after their return to Earth.
Google Says It Built A “Superhuman” Game-Playing AI. Is It Truly Intelligent?
Yes, Google’s self-teaching artificial intelligence software, AlphaZero, will probably trounce you at chess. But there’s far more to human smarts than a speedy checkmate.
Is There Such A Thing as Probiotics for Paintings?
Scientists are studying microbes that might be destroying—or saving—priceless works of art.
Incarcerated People Remain Vulnerable to the Worst Ravages of a Warming World
Harsh conditions inside U.S. prisons and jails have led to growing concerns about the unsustainability and climate vulnerability of mass incarceration.
What Rodent Sperm Can Teach Us About Biodiversity
When it comes to understanding the diversity of South American rodents, sperm might have a lot to say—if you’re willing to listen.
Scientists Condemn Researcher's Use of CRISPR to Produce HIV-Resistant Babies
If confirmed, this would be the first reported example of gene editing that has resulted in a live birth.
This 33-Million-Year-Old Whale Sucked Up Food Like A Giant Vacuum
After discarding their teeth, the ancestors of today’s filter-feeding whales may have fed by suction before evolving baleen.
Not Your Mom’s Genes: Mitochondrial DNA Can Come from Dad
A new study provides compelling evidence that children can inherit mitochondrial DNA from both their parents.
A Single Spine From This Cactus Can Lift a Half-Pound Slab of Pork
The spines of the jumping cholla cactus slide in with ease, but they’re grueling to extract. You can thank their barbs.
Cat Tongues Are Covered in Hundreds of Body-Cooling, Moisture-Wicking Quill Pens
Contrary to popular belief, a cat’s tongue is nothing like sandpaper.
Wombats Poop in Cubes. Scientists Are Figuring Out How.
These stocky, waddling marsupials have baffled researchers for years with their block-shaped turds—but a team of mechanical engineers is now sniffing out the science behind nature’s most deviant defecators.
Dispatches from Antarctica: Pupping Season for Weddell Seals
The NOVA team in Antarctica visits Big Razorback Island, where a colony of playful seals give them an unforgettable experience.
Could the Deadliest Wildfire in U.S. History Become the New Norm?
“We now have mass-fatality wildfires—specifically civilian fatalities."
Scientists Track “Social Jet Lag” Sleeping Habits With Twitter Data
A two-year analysis of nearly a quarter of a million Twitter users reveals how Americans’ social lives are taking a toll on their sleep schedules.
How Zika and Dengue Exploit the Mother-Child Relationship
Due to the similarities between these closely-related viruses, mothers who have experienced Zika infections may have babies with a higher risk of suffering severe dengue, and vice versa.
Dispatches from Antarctica: A New Reality
Unpredictable weather and old-school internet create out of the ordinary conditions for living and research.
Inside the Mind of a Red Sox Fan
Sports like baseball help researchers to investigate the us-against-them mentality that characterizes many of our social and political groups.
Is the F.D.A.-Approved Dsuvia As Dangerous As It Seems?
The drug, called Dsuvia, is 10 times stronger than fentanyl and will be limited to medical use in hospitals and other supervised sites.
Amazon Turtles Recovering, Thanks to Local Volunteers
Forty years of community engagement has brought the freshwater turtles of Brazil back from the brink—but lack of funding may imperil conservation.
Moths Muffle Bat Sonar with Sound-Absorbing Wings
To shield themselves from bat echolocation, moths don an acoustic cloak of invisibility—using the sound-absorbing scales on their wings.
Dispatches from Antarctica: A Windy, Alien Terrain
As the C-17 plane door opened, NOVA’s science editor looked upon what looked like a painting of a faraway planet.
It's Fall, Which Means It's Time for Gonorrhea
The flu isn't alone: All infectious diseases might be seasonal, according to a new report.
The Forecast on Energy-Efficient Cooling Just Got a Bit Sunnier
Scientists are pioneering technology that may someday cool buildings without electricity, while harvesting solar energy at the same time.
A Progesterone-Pumping Device Helps Frogs Regenerate Lost Limbs
Twenty-four hours of the hormone progesterone can kickstart over nine months of limb regeneration in amphibian amputees.
The Planet’s Getting Warmer. Can Plants Take the Heat?
Brief exposures to high temperatures compromise rice plants’ ability to relay genetic information.
This 100-Million-Year-Old Lizard Was the Size of A Paper Clip
It may not have lived large, but in death, this never-before-seen Cretaceous reptile survived many millennia immortalized in amber.
To Fight the Flu, Researchers Turn to Llamas
Researchers have engineered antibodies derived from these woolly wonders to wallop multiple strains of flu virus.
Dispatches from Antarctica: Part 2
Members of the NOVA team are headed to Antarctica to report on science research at the bottom of the Earth. Here's their second dispatch.
These Butt-Blasting Beetles Love to Cuddle
These bugs, which are known for spraying their noxious beetle juice when attacked, huddle in clusters that seem to break the rules of biology.
Reconstructed Rib Cage Offers Clues to How Neanderthals Breathed and Moved
Researchers used modern technology to virtually reconstruct a 60,000-year-old Neanderthal rib cage, potentially shedding light on how these hominids interacted with their environment.
Dogs Can Diagnose Malaria By Sniffing Socks
Pooches sniffing out parasitic perfumes may help put an end to this deadly, mosquito-borne disease.
What's Behind the Disgust Response?
Among neuroscientists, disgust is seen as a motivational system that evolved to help us avoid dangers such as pathogens or toxins.
Dispatches from Antarctica: Part 1
Members of the NOVA team are headed to Antarctica to report on science research at the bottom of the Earth. Here's their first dispatch.
Ship Noises Mute the Songs of Humpback Whales
Drowned out by the din of passing ships, humpback whales attempting to breed off the coast of Japan are cutting their conversations short.
After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s Internet Problems Go from Bad to Worse
A year after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, telecommunications infrastructure problems in Puerto Rico persist.
What Screen Addictions and Drug Addictions Have in Common
New research shows that age-old concerns about the detrimental effects of screen time hold true.
When Looking for Love, Darwin’s Finches Choose Mates Just Like Their Parents
Bringing home fellas that look just like dad might be a red flag to some. But for Galápagos finches, a pairing like this might just do papa proud.
Research Breathes New Life into the Possibility of Mars Habitability
As a human, you'd suffocate on Mars. But is there enough oxygen on the Red Planet to support some other forms of multicellular life?
NOVA's Going to Antarctica, and We Need Your Help!
NOVA is traveling to Antarctica to meet penguins and we want your penguin questions!
New Genetic Tools Unveil the Secret Life of Disease-Spreading Kissing Bugs
Researchers are using DNA from kissing bug guts to track the complex spread of Chagas disease.
Was this 150-Million-Year-Old Fossil the First Flesh-Eating Bony Fish?
A newly discovered fossil sparks debate over the presence of fresh fish flesh in its diet.
When Addiction Starts at the Dentist
Opioid prescriptions can lead to addiction; research shows there are safer options that work better.
Restoring Hope: Fighting the Opioid Crisis in Buffalo
In Western New York, public health officials have organized a task force that’s giving people who suffer from opiate use disorder a new beginning.
Mysterious Plane Crashes
In this slide show, review a number of aircraft accidents whose definitive causes remain a matter of debate.
Las Bahias Bioluminiscentes son una Luz para la Resiliencia de Puerto Rico
This Observatory Protects Us From Asteroids Far, Far Away
Arecibo Observatory is Earth's first line of defense against asteroids. It's still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
Bioluminescent Bays Shine Light on Puerto Rico's Resilience
By investigating the response of bioluminescent bays to Hurricane Maria, scientists are finding light in dark places.
Hurricane Florence Will Likely Bring a Deluge of Rainfall to the Carolinas
Hurricane Florence—a once-Category 4 storm with winds up to 130 miles per hour—had a trajectory atypical for a storm of its nature.
Designing for a Better Death
Scientists are helping designers avoid upsetting interactions the deceased's digital remnants and the grieving.
Inside the Mind of a Left-Hander
Left-handedness is much more than a trivial paw preference: It may be a useful lens through which to examine brain development.
Commentary: Relief From Pain
Teaching people about the complexity of fishes can inspire appropriate welfare reforms in terms of how we catch and kill them.
Fish Have Feelings, Too
Fish have emotions, social needs, and intelligence. Meet scientists exploring the inner lives of our aquatic friends.
Time Dilation and Intergalactic Travel
Scientists Find Enzyme That Could Help Create Universal Blood Type
In a new study, researchers report that they used newly discovered gut bacteria enzymes to convert type A blood to type O at a rate faster than ever before. Omnipresent blood shortages could soon be no more.
Study Finds Billions of Dollars in Home Value Lost to Rising Sea Levels
New data shows that with rising sea levels and increased flooding, home values in the coastal tri-state area—encompassing Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey—have decreased by $6.5 billion since 2005.
Tracking Opioids Beneath the Streets
Sewage-sampling robots are delivering near real-time data about a community’s drug usage.
A Fuming Glacier National Park Faces Long-Term Consequences
Embers from the Howe Ridge Fire could affect the landscape even after its last plume of smoke is distinguished.
The Nightmare of Sleep Paralysis
Neuroscientists are discovering that there may be more to sleep paralysis than we once thought.
FDA Approves First-Ever RNAi Drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever drug based on RNA interference, or RNAi. The drug targets a rare genetic disease, which impairs heart and nerve function.
Researchers Comb Through Millions of Genetic Variants to Find Disease Risk
A new study shows it's possible to predict whether a person is at a high risk of developing a disease based on millions of changes across their genome.
A Putrid, Green Bloom of Goo is Infiltrating Florida
In Florida, a state of emergency has been declared over a blue-green algae and red tide scare that’s massacring populations of fish and other wildlife.
5 of the Biggest Puzzles about the Universe
How Redshift Revealed the Universe
Astronomers Discover Incredible Magnetism in Rogue Planet
How Genetic Differences Could Make Schools Better
Understanding how students differ could change the educational process, but not in obvious ways.
Potential Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise, But Falls Short
The study's design has raised questions about the efficacy of the new drug, known as BAN2401.
Can the World’s Elite Warriors Save the Oceans?
Special forces veterans are rebuilding damaged coral reefs and, in the process, healing their own wounds.
Is Code Free Speech?
Is code, as an artificial language, subject to the same regulations as natural language? A landmark legal settlement is bringing up the question yet again.
What the Physics?! Trailer
Miles of Water Found on Mars. Could It Support Life?
It might be a breakthrough discovery in the search for extraterrestrial life.
Female Science YouTube Hosts Really Do Get Nastier Comments
One researcher traversed a version of hell, personally analyzing over 23,000 YouTube comments.
Florida Republican’s Bill Would Replace Gas Tax with Carbon Tax
Florida Representative Carlos Curbelo's proposed tax bill would add three to 11 cents to a gallon of gas, for example, and use the extra proceeds to bolster the nation’s ailing infrastructure.
Massachusetts Court Evades Answer to Whether Addiction a Defense
Astronomers Looking for Planet Nine Discover 12 More Moons Orbiting Jupiter
The small satellites have some seriously funky orbits.
The Daunting, Dangerous Task of Unearthing Colombia’s Landmines
Ridding Colombia of landmines may require a multi-pronged mix of traditional and ground-breaking technology.
California Cuts Emissions as Its Economy Booms
California’s economic growth recently outpaced the United Kingdom to become the fifth largest GDP in the world. And it did so while going green.
Blazar-Made Intergalactic 'Ghost' Heralds New Era in Astronomy
Detecting one of the cosmos' smallest particles now allows us to “feel” the universe.
The Coral Reefs We Depend On Most May Fall First
Could the Physics of Free Throws Have Won the Cavs the Finals?
Basketball is a game of trajectories, which means there's a formula for the perfect free throw.
How Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Sides on Science Issues
Researchers Create First-Ever In-vitro Rhino Embryos To Save Species
Clever Chemistry Could Capture Carbon Dioxide While Producing Hydrogen Fuel
Scientists now say that holding climate to less than 3.6˚ F warming worldwide—the threshold for dangerous warming—will almost certainly require sucking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.
The FDA Just Approved Its First-Ever Cannabis-Based Drug
We Lost a Florida's Worth of Tropical Forests in 2017
The loss follows a record-high 41.7 million acres in 2016, adding additional strain on climate change mitigation efforts and undermining recent attempts in rainforest conservation.
Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick?
Cities’ Climate Change Lawsuit Against Big Oil Dismissed
In the absence of federal action on climate change, some cities around the country have sued oil companies for costs incurred preparing for and responding to climate change crises. Now, that strategy is in question.
Thirty Years Ago Today, Global Warming First Made Headline News
In 1988, building on global concerns about deforestation, acid rain, and damage to the ozone layer from certain synthetic chemicals, global warming jumped from an esoteric news item to front pages.
K2 Mission Finds 80 Possible Planets in Record Time
Researchers from MIT used an algorithm to quickly identify 80 possible exoplanets amid 50,000 stars.
New Middle Eastern Particle Accelerator's Motto is "Science for Peace"
Psychological Damage Inflicted By Parent-Child Separation is Deep, Long-Lasting
Here's what happens in the brain and the body when a child is forcibly separated from his or her parents.
Extraordinary Star-Swallowing Event Aids Detection of Mid-Sized Black Holes
Until recently, scientists had only been able to observe luminous, supermassive black holes and smaller, stellar black holes. But now, they've found the missing link between them.
In a First, Scientists Discover Oceanic Manta Ray Nursery
Lasik Surgery Patients Suffer Serious Side Effects
Deciphering bioelectricity promises to revolutionize our understanding of how the human body develops and regenerates.
Cure or Carcinogen? CRISPR-Cas9 May Cause Cancer
New Breast Cancer Therapy is a "Win for Society"
FCC Officially Repeals Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission has officially repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules that required Internet providers to offer equal access to all web content.
The Supercomputer That Could Map the Human Brain
A planned “exascale” supercomputer may be powerful enough to map the human brain.
Drone Monitoring of Volcanoes Could Improve Warning Times
Drones can go where volcanologists can’t, giving researchers access to potentially life-saving data.
One Quadrillion LHC Collisions Lead to a Rare Discovery
Scientists just identified a handful of weird and rare instances in which a Higgs boson was created at the same time as a top quark/antiquark pair.
Hurricane Maria-Related Deaths May Be 70 Times Official Estimate
A new study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and other institutions suggests that the number of deaths caused by Maria in a three-month period (from impact onward) could figure around 4,600 people.
Does Dark Matter Ever Die?
A new theory suggests that dark matter may be more dynamic than we currently assume.
Ebola Vaccine Could Ease Outbreak, But Risk to Cities is High
FDA Approves New Medication for Severe Migraines
How CRISPR is Spreading Through the Animal Kingdom
Gene editing with CRISPR is so fast, cheap, and adaptable that scientists in a variety of fields are putting it to use.
Lizards Are Mysteriously Evolving Toxic Green Blood
Some lizards have alien-like green slime pumping through their scaly bodies, but scientists don't know exactly why.
Rebel Asteroid Found Flying Backwards Near Jupiter
Scientists have discovered a permanent visitor from interstellar space cruising through our solar system.
Explosive Eruption in Hawaii May Signal New Phase of Activity
The overnight explosion may be the start of a more violent period in Kilauea’s eruption.
Could You Upload Your Brain?
Can AI Learn to Understand Emotions?
Analyzing emotions in real time is a mathematical challenge of astronomical proportions. Are computers up to the task?
Memories Successfully Transplanted from One Snail to Another
Geysers on Europa Found in 20-Year-Old Space Probe Data
Centuries-Old Caricature Drives Divide in Breastfeeding Rates
AI Lets Scientists See Through Cell Membranes
Current techniques for visualizing cells are limited, costly, and damaging to the very cells being studied. A new model hopes to change that.
Searching for Life Beyond Earth, Finding Our Dreams Instead
Our search for life beyond Earth is more than scientific—it’s a quest to find our perfect selves.
The Black Hole Information Paradox
U.S. Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees a Year
The loss of trees could make cities hotter, polluted, and more stressful.
We May Be Able to Outsmart Superbugs Using Their Own Defenses
Unprecedented Fossil Provides New Understanding of Bird Evolution
A remarkably intact skull from the dinosaur-era bird is giving paleontologists valuable insights into avian history.
Can You Change Your Microbiome?
Boosting beneficial microbes sounds simple enough, but the benefits for healthy people are hard to pin down.
360° Dive into a Black Hole
Ever wonder what it would be like to fall into a black hole? Dive in for a 360° adventure.
Can Probiotics Prevent Deadly Infections in Preemies?
Doctors are treating premature babies with beneficial bacteria to stave off a deadly infection. But does it work?
Scientists Draw New Spider Web Family Tree
A new study challenges the idea that orb-weaving spiders have a single common ancestor.
Choose Your Own Adventure into a Black Hole
The FDA is Cracking Down on the 'iPhone Of E-Cigarettes'
Surgeon Takes On Organ Shortage With Twice-Owned Kidneys
Map Of One Billion Stars Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Space
To Communicate With Apes, We Must Do It On Their Terms
Scientists have long tried to teach apes to speak or sign in human language. But what if we studied their language?
Extreme Diver Community Evolved Spleens Similar to Seals
The Bajau people appear to have developed heritable adaptations that imitate the diving features of seals.
Diamonds In Meteorite May Come From ‘Lost’ Planet
This Machine Learning System Thinks About Music Like You Do
Solar Power Could Reinvent the Shipping Industry—If We Let It
The shipping industry is the world’s sixth-largest source of greenhouse gas pollution.
Scientists Accidentally Make Super-Efficient Plastic-Eating Enzyme
NASA's TESS Spacecraft Will Scan the Sky For Exoplanets
Local Magnetic Fields Confuse Sea Turtles Heading Home
Sea turtles returning home to breed are misguided by local magnetic fields, creating some unusual genetic patterns.
AI Trained to Act Like a Dog
Researchers attached measuring sensors to a dog to record how it behaved—and then trained an AI system to act like a dog.
Seismic Cloak Successfully Deflects Earthquake Waves
Engineers are experimenting with a variety of ways to cloak vital infrastructure—even entire cities—from earthquakes.
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Check out the schedule of NOVA Wonders events this April and May.
Protein in Birds' Eyes Helps Them 'See' Earth's Magnetic Field
Called Cry4, the protein belongs to a group known to regulate circadian rhythms, or biological sleep cycles.
Elderly People Can Produce As Many New Neurons As Teens
The human hippocampus creates new neurons throughout a person’s lifetime—but most scientists thought that this process doesn't happen as readily to older people past middle age.
Ecologists Use Astronomy to Track Endangered Species
An astronomer and an ecologist developed a system of drones and infrared cameras that could better keep track of endangered African animals.
Would You Give the Government Your Genome?
Estonia has become the first nation to provide state-sponsored genetic testing and advice to 100,000 of its 1.3 million residents.
Researchers Find Black Hole 'Village' at Center of Milky Way
After years of prediction and accumulating information, astrophysicists have unveiled the first evidence of a black hole village—and it exists right in the middle of our galactic neighborhood.
How Landowners Helped Save the Rogue
One conservation organization is turning to digitized data to restore Oregon’s Rogue River.
New Experiment Will Attempt to Clean Up Space Junk
Over 7,500 tons of space junk—from old spacecraft to flecks of paint—looms above our heads.
April Fools' Day Game: Fake or Physics?
Chinese Space Station Will Fall to Earth This Weekend
Its parts could scatter within about 400 miles of its ground track—the path that the spacecraft takes as it projectiles through the sky at (currently) a speed of 15,000 miles per hour.
Thanks to Climate Change, the Sahara is Inching South
The desert, which is roughly the size of the United States, has grown by about 10% in the last century, in large part thanks to climate change.
Astronomers Find Galaxy with Almost No Dark Matter
A small, distant galaxy is challenging everything we thought we knew about galaxy formation.
Quantum Gambling and the Nature of Reality
American physicist David Bohm proposed an entirely new way of understanding quantum physics—but that had been proven impossible 20 years before, by John von Neumann, the greatest mathematical genius alive.
Scientists Discover New Human Organ By Chance
A routine endoscopy—a procedure that involves inserting a camera into a person’s intestinal tract—may have led to the discovery of a previously unknown human organ.
Pacific Garbage Patch May Be 16 Times Bigger Than Once Thought
In the vast stretch of ocean between California and Hawaii, there’s a patch of plastic twice the size of Texas—and it’s between four and 16 times the size scientists previously thought.
GMO Crops Have an Unintended Side-Effect: Protecting Non-GMOs
In a new study, which examined the landscapes of pests radiating from GMO crops, researchers found that GMO crops are enabling non-GMOs to flourish with fewer pesticides.
Rare Form of Amnesia Linked to Fentanyl Overdoses is Spreading
A rare and frightening form of overdose-induced amnesia continues to spread in Massachusetts, with 18 confirmed cases, according to a recently-published New England Journal of Medicine report.
Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies
Now, two northern white rhinos remain: Najin, Sudan’s daughter, and Fatu, Sudan’s granddaughter.
The Self-Driving Uber Crash—What Does It Mean?
For the first time, an autonomous vehicle has struck and killed a human.
New Stem Cell Treatment for MS is a 'Game-Changer'
The treatment, involving a combination of chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation, has kept 49 of 52 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in remission for three years.
Remembering Stephen Hawking
Can We Colonize Mars?
Elon Musk is calling for drastic action. He wants humans to colonize Mars—stat.
Nearly Every Brand of Bottled Water Contains Microplastics
A recent study found that almost every major brand of bottled water is contaminated with particles of plastic.
Vaping May Lead Teens to Adopt Smoking Habits
A recent study shows that e-cigarettes may be doing more harm than good––especially when it comes to teens.
What Do We Lose If We Lose Wild Axolotls?
Axolotls could revolutionize medicine, but their wild cousins are critically endangered.
Stephen Hawking, Dead at Age 76, Left "Indelible Imprint" on Physics
Stephen Hawking, the preeminent physicist whose unmistakable voice and brilliant conjectures about the cosmos transformed our understanding of the universe, died at the age of 76.
Super-Powered Styrofoam Substitute Could Change How We Insulate Homes
What we need is an insulation alternative that is effective, non-hazardous, and environmentally friendly, and this new material seems to fit the bill.
DNA Origamists Folded These Nanobots to Snuff Out Cancer
Chinese and American scientists are using DNA origami technology to snuff-out cancer with microscopic precision.
This Article Arrived To You Via Tesseract
The book "A Wrinkle in Time"—and presumably the movie—is laced with science, but is it accurate?
Do We Live in a Multiverse?
Scientists Want to Turn the Sun Into Massive Lens for a Telescope
Current technology has given us breathtaking imagery, but to detect what’s hiding in deep space, telescopes are very limited.
Opioids May Not Relieve Pain Better than Non-Opioid Medications
According to a new randomized trial of 240 patients, opioids are no better at killing chronic pain than safer drugs.
Gene Sequencing Speeds Diagnosis of Deadly Newborn Diseases
Newborn genetic diseases are often swiftly fatal, but gene sequencing can help doctors make life-saving diagnoses.
This $42 Million-Dollar Timekeeping Device Runs for 10 Millennia
Could this “10,000-year clock,” which looks like it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode or the set of Interstellar, inspire people to start thinking long-term?
Google's 72-Qubit Quantum Computer Could Make History
Google is now leading the charge in the race to develop a computer capable of numerical tasks far beyond what the first programmers ever would’ve thought possible.
Single Gene May Dramatically Reverse Age-Related Mental Decline
With people living longer than ever, can science give us a means to defy age, and keep our minds intact?
What is Dark Matter? A New Clue
Ancient Egyptians May Have Worn the World’s First Tattoos
At over 5,000 years of age, these soot-based tattoos push back the evidence for tattooing in Africa by a millennium.
Brain Quenches Thirst Long Before Body Hydrates
It takes 10 to 15 minutes for the body to hydrate, so why do animals stop drinking water within one minute? The brain must somehow alert the body that thirst-relief is on the way.
Signals From the First Stars Could Show Hints of Dark Matter
When the universe first went from dark to light, 180 million years after the Big Bang, the particles in the cold gas throughout the universe seem to have bumped up against their dark-matter cousins.
Rethinking Science’s Magic Number
For generations, scientists have relied on one number to determine the value of their research. Now, some are considering alternatives.
Temperatures at the North Pole Rose to the Melting Point This Weekend
Dogs Can Tell the Difference Between Happy and Angry Faces
Neanderthals Could Be the World's Oldest Artists
The recent discovery of cave art predating human settlement is challenging the age-old narrative that symbolism makes us human.
"We Had 19 Years to Prevent This Tragedy"
Massive New Study Finds Antidepressants Work Better Than Placebo
Experts Don't Really Know Where These Flamingos Are Coming From
Personal Care Products Could Be a Major Contributor to Air Pollution
Black Hole Star Cake
Q&A with Greg: Black Holes, Consciousness, Greg's Research, and More!
The Case for Representation
Celebrating the discoveries, creativity, joy, and passion that underrepresented groups have brought to math and science is critical to unlocking students’ potential.
The Upper Boundary of Human Potential
Atomic Rockets Could Be NASA’s Best Bet for Getting Humans to Mars
The atomic revival has renewed a Cold War-era competition among the United States, Russia, and China to reach the next landmark in space—this time, the red planet.
Will Cryptocurrencies Spy on Us or Set Us Free?
The Biggest Puzzle in Physics: Reconciling Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity
Cryptocurrencies Are Interfering with the Search for ET
Bee-Brained Robot Reveals Nature's Navigation Secrets
Linguists Discover New Language Spoken By Just 280 People
Meet the Extreme Geoengineers of Ancient Times
Archaeologists discovered 60,000 previously unknown Mayan buildings, homes, agricultural adaptations, and pyramids using LIDAR.
Researchers Grow Human Eggs to Maturity in a Lab
How VR Helped Archaeologists Excavate a Fossil-Rich Submerged Cave
Bringing Change to the Food System with Blockchain
The technology behind the bitcoin cryptocurrency could make the trip from farm to table more transparent.
Falcon Heavy Could Launch Humans Beyond Earth Orbit
Scientists Confirm Existence of Superionic Water
Positive Train Control Could Have Prevented Deadly Crash
Wearable Technology May Help Make Football Safer
Criminal Sentencing Algorithm No More Accurate Than Random People on the Internet
Residents of Cape Town Are Counting Down to 'Day Zero'
New Blood Test Detects Toxic Proteins Linked to Alzheimer's
How to See Quantum with the Naked Eye
Boosting Desalination with the Sun
Solar power could open the floodgates for desalination, giving people access to clean, cheap water.
Amnesia Related to Opioid Overdoses Creeps Beyond New England
A new syndrome of brain damage first recognized in 14 patients in Massachusetts has now turned up in West Virginia. Is it the tip of the iceberg?
Massive Superpods of Bottlenose Dolphins Are Gathering Near South African Coast
Should We Intentionally Manipulate the Earth's Climate?
Fossilized Jawbone Hints at a Much Earlier Exodus from Africa
Scientists uncover a jawbone between 177,000 and 194,000 years old—making it the earliest modern human anyone has ever found outside of Africa.
New Brain Imaging Tech May Give Doctors More Time to React to Strokes
Video: What's Inside a Black Hole?
Finding Future Tech in an Ancient Art
The ancient art is driving a revolution in materials science and robotics.
Cancer Tumors Could Help Explain the Explosion of Life on Earth
The change might have started within animals’ own biology, based on evidence from proteins found in tumours.
New Drug Could Bring Hope to Those At Risk For Huntington's Disease
Google's Arts and Culture App Turns You Into a Work of Art
Your lookalike could end up being a painting from the 18th century. Or Benjamin Franklin.
Unusual Weather May Have Caused Antelope Mass Death in 2015
NASA Scientists Figure Out How to Navigate Space Using Pulsars
Creative Thought Has a Distinct Pattern in the Brain
Facebook Is Shrinking Our News Feed Reach. What’s Next?
Hunting Monster Black Holes
Physicists are searching for signs of supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies—and they may be close to finding them.
Sensors Could Reduce Food Suppliers' (Unintended) Wastefulness
Ocean 'Dead Zones' Have Quadrupled Since 1950
Can You 'Catch' Violence?
How Citizen Scientists Discovered the Strangest Star in the Galaxy
Amateurs helped discover Tabby’s star, suggesting that citizen scientists might be the x-factor in discoveries to come.
Big Idea of 2017: Sun, Moon, and Spacecraft
Big Idea of 2017: The Internet Is Making Us Vulnerable
Big Idea of 2017: Cosmic Discoveries in Space and Time
Big Idea of 2017: More Climate Problems and More Climate Solutions
Bacterial Tug of War May Cause Acne
New Biosensor Could Help Identify Antibiotic-Producing Bacteria
In the Future, Seaweed Could Become Part of Your Daily Commute
Chemical Analysis Can Help Scientists Decode the Tree of Life
A team of scientists used chemical analysis to complement the genetic tree of the Espeletia genus, a group of perennial shrubs.
Massive 2016 Botnet Attack Traced to Video Game Grudges
How Math Can Help Detect Gerrymandering
Learn how geometry can be used to detect gerrymandering.
Plants Can Pass Out Just Like Humans
Egypt Is Opening a 3,500-Year-Old Tomb to Promote Tourism
Tombs discovered in the 1990s by a German archaeologists are now being opened for the public's enjoyment.
This Test Could Give Cancer Patients a More Personalized Prognosis
Pacemakers Fail More Often Than Manufacturers Acknowledge
Brains of Bilingual People Solve Math Problems Differently
Bilingual people rely on visuo-spatial pathways when solving math problems—something not seen in monolingual people.
Video: How Much Does a Thought "Weigh"?
Researchers Use Migratory Bats to Track Ebola
In Florida, Hurricane Preparation Helped Prevent Overdoses
First Nuclear Chain Reaction Changed the World 75 Years Ago Today
The world’s first manmade nuclear reaction took place in a primitive reactor known as the Chicago Pile.
Women More Likely to Have Strokes Than Men
Will Surgery and Anesthesia Harm Your Memory?
Doctors aren't ready to discount the possibility that surgery could have lasting cognitive effects.
New Lightning Detector in Space Could Revolutionize Meteorology
Scientists Reverse Arrow of Time in Quantum Experiment
The idea of unidirectional time––time that does not solely move forward––seems to hold true for life and objects on a human scale.
EPA Approves Release of Disease-Fighting Mosquitoes
Astronomers Have Identified a Space Rock From Outside Our Solar System
Chernobyl Reactor Was Destroyed By a Nuclear—Not Steam—Explosion
An analysis of xenon isotopes is challenging our understanding of what happened during the Chernobyl disaster.
New Video Shows CRISPR Cutting DNA in Two
FDA Approves Device to Help with Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
The opioid epidemic affects millions of Americans each year, but a newly approved device may make it easier for people to break their addictions.
VIDEO: How to Unbox & Build The Universe
‘Seeing’ Nature’s Voice
Can artificial intelligence help wildlife biologists find the last of a rare and treasured species of frog?
Mini Space Shuttle 'Dream Chaser' Completes Successful Test Flight
IUDs May Lower Risk of Cervical Cancer By 30%
Video: Can We Measure Consciousness?
Two Species of Seahorses Found Living in the Thames River
Wilderness Burials May be Better for the Environment and Boost Conservation
These Sheep Learned to Recognize Pictures of Obama and Other Celebrities
Enceladus' Ocean Could Be Old Enough to Host Life
One of Iceland's Biggest Volcanoes May Be Poised for Eruption
Cosmic-Ray Muons Reveal Hidden Void in the Great Pyramid
The gaping hole could help answer questions about how the ancient wonder was built.
Why Was 2017’s Hurricane Season So Intense?
After a quiet start, August and September quickly became filled with violent storms. What drove the change?
To Corals, Plastic Might Taste Like Food
New Wormhole Could Resolve the Black Hole Information Paradox
A new theory is percolating among physicists that presupposes the existence of a traversable wormhole.
Researchers Turn Waste Toilet Paper into Electricity Source
Molecular Fossils Offer Universal Way to Track Climate Change
Ghosts in the Machine
AI systems don’t think exactly like humans, but the algorithms can—and do—play favorites.
Hurricane Relief Drones Could Put Eyes In the Sky
Seal Whisker Geometry Could Inspire Stronger Underwater Structures
Data Scientists Use Social Media to Map Hurricane Irma’s Flooding
Antarctic Invertebrates are Being Evicted After 20 Million Years
Live Cam May Show True Status of Atlantic Cod Fishery
Could Brain Scans Determine Guilt or Innocence in Court?
Astronomical ‘Rosetta Stone’ to Change Our Understanding of the Universe
Astronomers captured two colliding neutron stars that emitted both gravitational and electromagnetic waves.
Female Dolphins Prevent Unwanted Fertilization with Complex Vaginas
Yellowstone Supervolcano May Erupt Sooner Than Anticipated
New research shows that the last time the volcano erupted was after two large influxes of magma filled the reservoir under the caldera—and that process may take less time than previously thought.
Using Artificial Intelligence to Spot Hospitals’ Silent Killer
Sepsis contribues to as many as 50% of hospital deaths. But a new tool could help doctors spot it before it's too late.
Scientists Detect 'Missing' Half of Universe's Normal Matter
Honey Found to Contain Pesticides Implicated in Bee Population Collapse
More Priceless Ancient Artifacts Found at Famed Antikythera Shipwreck
Universal Flu Vaccine Entering Human Trials
Applause for the demise of a ship is not a typical reaction, but this wasn't a typical voyage.
Physicists Confirm That We're Not Living In a Computer Simulation
Scientists have discovered that it's impossible to model the physics of our universe on even the biggest computer.
Octopuses Build a 'City' of Shells
Social Media and the Fight to Save Iraq’s Past—and Future
After ISIS was routed from Mosul, archaeologists and locals are restoring the storied city’s cultural heritage.
Precise Electrical Stimulation May Lift Patients from Vegetative States
This Animal Sleeps But Has No Brain
Flint Water Tied to Fetal Death and Lower Fertility Rates
New Laser-Based Sensor Could Make Autonomous Vehicles More Aware of Their Surroundings
Gravity Could Be the Result of Random Quantum Fluctuations
If this theory is true, quantum mechanics might be more fundamental to the structure of the universe than gravity itself.
Playing Football Before Age 12 Could Lead to Cognitive and Mood Disorders
Commentary: Unsolicited and Unwelcome, Climate Denial Comes to Schools
Some political organizations are attempting to spread climate change denial in classrooms. Stephanie Keep from The National Center for Science Education discusses how science educators can fight back.
What Saturn Can Tell Us About Earth—and Beyond
As Cassini braced for Friday’s crash landing into Saturn, NASA scientists reflected the 20 year mission.
Saturn's Polar Mystery
Can We Make New Phones from Nothing But Old Ones?
Apple has an ambitious plan to make new devices using only recycled products. What will it take?
Tap Water May Reduce Risk of Dementia
Track Cassini's Final Moments Orbiting Saturn
The Cassini spacecraft will end its 20 year mission to observe Saturn by plunging into the gas giant's outer atmosphere.
Genetic Study Reveals How Humans Are Still Evolving
Researchers study gene variations across generations to track longevity and human evolution.
Asthma Medication May Lower Risk of Parkinson's
Northern Lights May Have Driven Whales to Strand Themselves
Finding Alternatives to Opioids
As the opioid crisis continues to unfold, doctors and scientists are exploring other ways of fighting pain.
Awe and Wonder at the Eclipse
Eclipse watchers cheered as the moon covered the sun in a coast-to-coast total eclipse.
Why Was Hurricane Harvey's Rainfall So Extreme?
Atmospheric conditions conspired with warm waters to produce one of the most catastrophic floods in recent history.
People Who Follow Low-Fat Diets Have Higher Mortality Rates, Study Says
Excess carbohydrates—not total and saturated fats—are more harmful for human longevity, according to a new diet study.
Penguins Use Calls to Form Groups While They Hunt
Too Much Pollution for One Place
Emissions from waste treatment facilities and power plants contribute to a slow-motion public health disaster in Chester, PA.
Watching the 2017 Solar Eclipse
Across America, people watched the solar eclipse. Catch up on what happened here.
Chimps Play Rock-Paper-Scissors Like a Four-Year-Old Human
Hybrid Dinosaur May Change How We Understand Dinosaur Evolution
Anyone Can Be Trained to Hallucinate, and That’s Teaching Scientists About Perception
We may all be susceptible to hallucinations—and they’re not that different from how our brain interprets actual events.
Undergraduate Discovers 91 Volcanoes Hiding Under Antarctica's Ice Sheet
Can Government Keep Up with Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence research is moving quickly. Can the government move quickly enough to effectively regulate it?
“Ape Who Went to College” Dies
Alcohol May Boost Memory Formation After Learning
Scientists Have New Understanding of How Animals See Color
Deadly New Strain of Anthrax Stalks Chimps in Tropical Africa
Flint Pipes Released As Much As 18 Grams of Lead Per Household
Microwaving Your Kitchen Sponge Won't Save You from Microbes
Microbiologists in Germany used DNA sequencing to determine which types of microbes were living on sponges and a special type of laser-powered microscopy to see where they were breeding.
First Possible Exomoon Is the Size of Neptune
How Dust Built the Universe
Astronomers are uncovering the role of dust in creating our universe—and in helping us understand it.
Should Testosterone Be Regulated in Female Athletes?
Scientists debate the ethics of regulating female athletes’ testosterone levels.
Sperm Count is Decreasing in Rich Nations—and No One Knows Why
An obvious decrease in sperm count amongst richer nations is showing no sign of slowing.
The Moon’s Interior Might Be Wet
'Living Drug' Therapies Could Revolutionize Cancer Treatment
Elastic Electrodes Promise More Powerful, Longer-Lasting Batteries
Can Dogs Predict Seizures?
Many patients and parents swear by seizure alert dogs, but there's scant evidence to suggest they work as expected.
76% of All Plastic Ever Made Has Already Been Discarded
Why Elephants Can’t Run 373 Miles Per Hour
Scientists 'Teleport' Photons Into Space For the First Time
How Our Ancient Origins Are Guiding Modern Medicine
Ancient DNA can help scientists devise new, personalized treatments for rare and common diseases.
Antarctica Finally Lets Loose Iceberg the Size of Delaware
An iceberg the size of Delaware split from Antarctica in July 2017, capping weeks of speculation as to when the shelf would break loose.
Coffee May Extend Your Life…But There’s a ‘But’
Coffee may not make you immortal, but recent studies show a correlation between coffee consumption and longevity—even for decaf drinkers.
Mystery of Ultrastrong Roman Concrete Solved
Scientists analyzed the chemistry of the ruins from four sites along Italy’s Mediterranean coast, discovering that the Roman concrete was made of rare volcanic ash, minerals, lime, and chunks of volcanic rock.
Protecting A Little More Land Could Save A Lot More Biodiversity
By applying algorithms to giant datasets traits, researchers found more efficient strategies for conserving biodiversity.
Can Cheap Computing Put the Internet Everywhere?
To make the Internet of Things possible, computer chips will need to get cheap, fast.
New Fossils Push Back Earliest Single-Celled Skeletons 200 Million Years
These 810 million-year-old fossils suggest early marine life protected itself by making skeletons from phosphorus.
Light-Treated Graphene Creates Water-Powered Creepy Crawler
Gecko-Inspired Robotic Gripper Could Snag Space Junk
New Multi-Colored Photons Could Dramatically Increase Computing Speeds
Fake News is Spreading Thanks to Information Overload
We’re being overwhelmed by social media posts—and our judgement is suffering as a result.
Is There Hope for Planet X?
Massive and distant, Planet X is theorized to lurk in the outer solar system. But after a recent study, things look dark for icy, distant X.
How to Minimize Summer Slide
Is summer slide a given? Or are there ways to prevent students from losing important progress in academic skills – such as reading – during the summer months when there are fewer resources and less guidance to support them?
Zika May Have a Startlingly High Sexual Transmission Rate
In a pilot study, 12 out of 16 monkeys exposed to Zika through sexual routes became infected.
Body’s Own Intracellular Messengers Could Carry a Cancer Kill Switch to Tumors
By engineering exosomes’ payloads, researchers have halted pancreatic cancer in mice.
Killer Whales in the Bering Sea Target Fishermen's Lines
Kepler Space Telescope Discovers 10 New Potentially Habitable Planets
Scientists Generate Quantum Entanglement in Space For the First Time
The entangled photons were beamed to three ground stations across China, each separated by more than 700 miles—a new record.
Ancient Comets May Have Delivered Xenon To Earth
Life Needs (Some) Radiation
Deep in the Earth, experiments are revealing how life suffers when it’s deprived of background levels of radiation.
Head of Michigan Health Department Is Charged in Flint Probe
Smell Test Could Tip Doctors Off To Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s
Early Brain Scans Could Predict Likelihood of Autism Diagnosis
Oldest Known Human Fossils May Push Back Homo sapiens Evolution 100,000 Years
The fossils place humans 100,000 years further back in time, rewriting the story of how we developed and where we came from.
Earth’s Microbial Life May Have Been Able To Survive On Mars
Want to Help Fight Climate Change? Try Eating Some Beans
A less expensive and more healthful alternative to beef is something that most people associate with gas: beans.
Newly Discovered Planet Is Hotter than Most Stars
Images of Real Human Faces Recreated From Monkeys' Brain Signals
We’ve Mistakenly Assumed That Coal Is Effectively Unlimited
The Man Who Warned the World About Lead
Dr. Herb Needleman played a crucial but often unsung role in the quest to prove lead’s harmful effects.
Rare Supernovae Could Be Spewing Antimatter Across the Milky Way
New Exoplanet's Rings Span 200 Times Wider Than Saturn's
Simple Physics Solutions to Storing Renewable Energy
Engineers are devising creative and effective ways to save renewable energy for when it’s needed most.
Distant Star Dims Again, Revives Speculation of "Alien Megastructure"
Chemicals Isolated from Traditional Herbal Remedies May Lead to Safer Birth Control
Japan and China Mine Risky ‘Flammable Ice’ From Seafloor
FDA Warns Tests for Lead Poisoning May Be Faulty
Taking Politics Out of Climate Change
Climate change has become politicized in the last 20 years, but now conservatives and liberals are tackling the issue.
Physicists Get a Glimpse of What Dark Matter Might Be
Massive Find of 17 or More Mummies Made by Egyptian Archaeologists
Apple Watch App Detects Abnormal Heart Rhythms to 97% Accuracy
Freshwater’s Macro Microplastic Problem
Fibers from our clothes are choking freshwater bodies with microplastic pollution. Solving the problem won’t be easy.
Machine Learning Could Detect Cancer More Quickly and Accurately
Compressing Martian Soil Makes It Stronger than Steel-Reinforced Concrete
The Potential for Awe
“Awe-inducing events may be one of the fastest and most powerful methods of personal change and growth.”
Gravitational Waves Could Help Us Discover Extra Dimensions
Saturn's Hexagonal Hurricane Is a Brilliant Bright Blue
'Hunger Hormone' Could Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease
Offshore Wind Lands in America
America’s first offshore wind farm now powers an East Coast island. Is the tech ready for prime time in the U.S.?
Scientists Produce Mini-Brains to Study Neurological Diseases
Cassini, Plunging Into Saturn's Rings, Begins Its Final Descent
A Student’s Curiosity Might Have Just Changed How We Classify Dinosaurs
How many times have you heard a student start a question with “Sorry, but…” or “I have a dumb question…”? Or how many times have you been guilty of that yourself?
Should We Study Human Embryos Beyond 14 Days?
Studying human embryos after 14 days of development could be illuminating, but ethical questions abound.
First Malaria Vaccine, 30 Years in the Making, To Be Trialled In Africa
Naked Mole Rats Make Like a Plant to Survive in Zero Oxygen
Massive Virus Found in Sewage Plunges Biologists into Debate
Biologists sifting through poop accidentally discovered a giant virus that may finally end a decade-old evolutionary debate—are viruses a fourth domain of life?
Newly Discovered Frog's Slime Could End Flu Season For Good
On the gooey backs of a newly discovered South Indian frog, scientists discovered a molecule that can wipe out influenza viruses while leaving cells unharmed.
Taking the Pain Out of Addiction
A new device can help opioid patients detox by getting them over a significant hurdle—the painful withdrawal symptoms.
Solar-Powered Cube Can Extract Moisture From Desert Air
Biofuel CCS Plant Inches Us Closer to Negative Carbon Emissions
NASA Announces 'New Discoveries' on Enceladus's Oceans
NASA Likely to Break Radiation Rules to Go to Mars
Mars-bound astronauts will likely be exposed to high levels of radiation—far beyond what NASA typically allows.
World’s Oldest Dental Fillings Packed with Hair, Asphalt, and Lots of Pain
Sperm Used to Deliver Chemotherapy to Lab-Grown Cancer Cells
Our Brains Instantly Make Two Copies of Each Memory
New research upends decades of neuroscience theory, paving the way for a deeper understanding of memory.
The Planet 9 Guys
Asteroid-Grabbing Spacecraft More “Realistic Than Perceived”
The Parasocial Phenomenon
One-way digital communications is rewriting a fundamental piece of the human experience—social interactions.
AI Translation Could Speed Rare Language Research—and Save Lives
3,000-Year-Old Dung Adds Fresh Fuel to King Solomon Debate
New Tyrannosaur Species Had a Super Sensitive Face
A new tyrannosaur species' faces might’ve been scaly and densely packed with sensitive nerves.
Female Menstruation Cycle Replicated in Organ-On-A-Chip
How Mosquito Nets Can Shape the Evolution of Behavior
Bed nets have cut the spread of malaria, but mosquitoes are evolving resistance to them by changing their behavior.
Drug to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Passes Critical Test in Mice
Researchers were able to effectively reverse type 2 diabetes symptoms in mice by administering a daily oral drug with no adverse side effects.
New Horizons Probe Captures Pluto’s Atmosphere in Stunning Detail
12 New Types Added to Cloud Atlas, First in 30 Years
The venerable International Cloud Atlas receives its first update since 1987.
Record-Breaking Solar Cell Built Using Commercially Friendly Techniques
Sea Otters Have Been Using Tools for Millions of Years
LHC Discovers Five New Particles at the Same Time
Physicists hope that high-energy forms of the Omega-c baryon will help us understand why matter sticks together.
The One-Question Science Test We All Must Pass
There is nothing more important for a student to learn in a science class than what exactly science is.
Reusable ‘Oleo Sponge’ Could Change the Way We Deal with Oil Spills
Super-Safe Glass Battery Charges in Minutes, Not Hours
The 94-year-old co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery recently published his latest battery design—an entirely solid cell that has a strikingly long list of admirable characteristics.
Remnants of Earth’s Original Crust Found in Canada
Geologists have uncovered pieces of Earth’s 4.2 billion-year-old original crust.
The Secret Lives of Ants
Screen Time Linked To Greater Risk of Diabetes in Kids
Mass Coral Bleaching Devastates Great Barrier Reef for Second Consecutive Year
Massive, Incredibly Detailed Statue of Ramses II Found Beneath Cairo Neighborhood
“Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Our Brains May Live Up To 10 Minutes After Death
Should Scientists March on Washington?
Scientists are split between the call to activism and the desire to keep science neutral in the face of politicization.
Volkswagen Emissions Scandal May Increase European Mortality Rates
The lingering repercussions of the Volkswagen emission scandal may be more dire than we originally thought.
Poker-Playing Algorithm Can Beat Humans By Forgetting Things
Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Women Infected with Zika
Magnet-Powered Nanoparticle Superheaters Could Transform Organ Donation
UTIs Are Becoming Untreatable With the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance
A list released by the World Health Organization indicates that E. coli, a leading cause of UTIs, is becoming resistant to some antibiotics.
Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk of Dementia
NASA Again Urged to Crew First Flight of Space Launch System
Bees Can Use Tools—And Train Other Bees to Use Them, Too
Artificial Intelligence Detects Early Signs of Autism in Infants
The 100-Year-Old Idea That Could Change Flight
Inspired by birds, bats, and the Wright brothers, engineers are building the next breakthrough in aviation.
Ancient Microbial Life Found Trapped Inside Mexico's Cave of Crystals
Key Brain Regions Found To Be Smaller in People With ADHD
The Psychological Trauma of Defecting from North Korea
New Malaria Vaccine 100% Effective, But May Be Difficult to Scale
Gluten-Free Diets May Lead to Elevated Mercury and Arsenic Levels
Preliminary study finds unexpected health risks in consuming high levels of common gluten-free foods.
First Data In from NASA's "Oceans are Melting Greenland" Mission
Math Proof Could Help Us Describe the Earth’s Interior Like Never Before
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Flies
Using Physics to Kill Bacteria
Inspired by nature, scientists have developed new generations of nanoscale surfaces that are lethal to bacteria.
‘Enhance!’ TV Trope Becomes Real Thanks to Two Neural Networks
Ultrasound Ages Liquor Two Years in Just Three Days
Spanish researchers shot brandy through oak chips and blasted the mix with ultrasound for three days.
Two-Wheeled Robotic Pack Mule Wants to Carry Your Stuff
Scientific Curiosity Could Bridge Partisan Divide, New Study Says