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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.
Could You Upload Your Brain?
Humans are Driving Chimpanzee Culture Out of Existence
Sophisticated chimpanzee behaviors like fishing, nut cracking, and bathing are fading in the presence of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Can We Build a Brain?
How does today’s artificial intelligence actually work—and is it truly intelligent?
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.
Dispatch: Hurricane Katrina
Using Pollution to Find Aliens
Profile: Jason Kalirai
The Mystery of Tabby’s Star
Profile: Jack Gilbert
Can Cat Poop Make You Crazy?
Six Microbes Living in You
Giving Birth to a Botfly
What Are Animals Saying?
Can we crack the code of animal communication?
Meet André Fenton
What is a Neural Net?
Meet Talithia Williams
The Secrets of Spider Seduction
The Law all Languages Obey
What are Chimps Saying?
Meet the Robots at Amazon
How the Universe Will End
Physics Is a Never-Ending Puzzle
Physics rarely yields finite answers, but that doesn’t deter scientists.
Dark Matter Clues
Saturn’s Innermost Moons Are Red Ravioli, Thanks to Its Rings
The planet’s trademark rings appear to have played a crucial role in crafting the color and shape of some of its smallest moons.
Radical ideas spread through social media. Are the algorithms to blame?
Originally designed to drive revenue on social media platforms, recommendation algorithms are now making it easier to promote extreme content. Addressing this problem will require more than a technical fix.
How Does CRISPR Work?
Can Gene Therapy Cure Cancer?
CAR-T gene therapy is a new treatment for some forms of leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Chatty birds may put their friends at risk of colliding with buildings
Forty years and 70,000 bodies tell the grim tale of why some night-flying birds might crash into buildings more often than others.
Bringing Back Woolly Mammoths
Profile: Kevin Esvelt
Can You Change Your Microbiome?
Boosting beneficial microbes sounds simple enough, but the benefits for healthy people are hard to pin down.
Profile: Erich Jarvis
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.
Erich Jarvis: Expert Q&A
A 6-part series exploring the biggest questions on the frontiers of science.
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.
What Birdsong Can Teach Us About Creativity
The way birds construct their songs could give us insight into the nature of creativity and the learning process.
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Feast Your Eyes on the First Image of a Black Hole
At long last, astronomers have captured the world’s first image of a black hole, some 55 million light-years away.
Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes During Attempted Moon Landing
With only a $100 million budget, the probe still successfully orbited the moon—a feat in and of itself.
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.
Meteoroids Pelting the Moon Reveal Water Trapped in Its Soil
There’s water locked in lunar soil—and meteor showers have been knocking it out into space for billions of years.
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.
Scientists Partially Restore Function in Dead Pigs’ Brains
In a groundbreaking and controversial study, scientists have partially revived the brains of slaughtered pigs.
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.
The Next Quest for New Worlds
Ethics and Self-Driving Cars
How do we program moral decision-making into autonomous vehicles?
Can You Upload Your Brain?
How the laws of physics forbid perfect cloning.
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.