Lonesome George, a wizened Galapagos giant tortoise, was the last of his kind. Now, researchers are using the iconic tortoise’s genetic material to better understand what it takes to live a long life.
Part pioneer and part dirt collector, Osiris-Rex will spend the next year or so looking for a spot to capture pieces of the asteroid before heading back to Earth.
By Angus Chen, Scientific American
There are two broad types of tear gas—and they’re both engineered to cause pain.
By Lev Facher, STAT
The apparent birth this month of the first genetically modified babies is “a lesson in the potential for human hubris to overtake us,” Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health.
By Vicky Stein
The overall damage to the state after the 2018 wildfire season has been predicted, by one estimate, to top $400 billion, which could make it the most expensive slew of natural disasters in the history of the United States.
It’s been three weeks since the devastating Camp Fire swept through California, leaving at least 88 people dead. In its aftermath, forensic anthropologists comb through mountains of ash in search of human remains. At the same time, law enforcement and…
More than two years after it launched, a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx is approaching its target, an asteroid named Bennu. Scientists hope that rock samples from Bennu will provide insight into the likelihood of life on other planets, as well as…
California’s deadliest wildfire, the Camp Fire, is now fully contained, but its death toll has climbed to 88, and more than 200 people are still missing. How are the people still searching for loved ones, and the thousands of residents…
By Miles O'Brien
NASA has successfully landed its spacecraft InSight on Mars, after a long and challenging voyage. Scientists hope InSight will uncover details of what’s under the surface of Mars, including whether the planet’s core is liquid or solid. Science correspondent Miles…
By Gretchen Frazee
Investors are starting to see opportunity in what they consider an overlooked sector: waste management in Southeast Asia.
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