Prominent scientists are using the word “moratorium” to make it clear that experiments to create babies with altered genes are wrong, for now.
Scientists showed that plants are much less passive than they seem by revealing the secret workings of their threat communication systems.
Physicists took a deeper look at the Leidenfrost effect, which you’ve likely experienced when you’ve dripped water into a pan to test its temperature.
Pollen frozen in ice in the Alps traces Europe’s calamities, since the time Macbeth ruled Scotland.
The invasive insects turned up in Pennsylvania in 2014. Now the state has placed 3,000 square miles under quarantine, and scientists worry the pest will spread.
The genome obviously varies from person to person. But it can also vary from cell to cell, even within the same individual. The implications of “mosaicism” are enormous.
Gorging on glucose, bacteria in a petri dish died in their own acidic waste, a sign of the perpetual struggle in nature between cooperation and selfishness.
Nobody knows what the first animal looked like. But many of its genes are still present in humans today.
For decades, all viruses were thought to be small and simple. But the discovery of more and more giant viruses shows that’s not the case.
Stone tools signal rise of social networking by 320,000 years ago in East Africa, researchers argue.
There’s a lot of miscommunication going around
Spending a year in space affected former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly's body in subtle but potentially significant ways, new research suggests.
Preliminary findings from NASA indicate that 7% of Scott Kelly's genes did not return to normal once he was back on Earth.
The findings contradict what has been observed in humans.
With an increase in extreme weather expected in the years to come, forests could be changed permanently as the world continues to warm.
Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied – revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixin
Short, REM-heavy sleep bouts separate humans from other primates, scientists find. Sleeping on the ground may have a lot to do with it.
Microbial life in Chile’s Atacama Desert bursts into bloom when moisture is available.
Strains of a bacteria that live on human skin make a compound that suppressed tumor growth in mice.
On their latest master list of arthropods, U.S. entomologists have finally declared termites to be a kind of cockroach.
Current drugs can’t stop viruses for good. But newly developed hairy nanoparticles just might. They surround and put pressure on the viruses, which ultimately destroys them.
Less than one-10th of 1% of all species that have ever lived became fossils. But from skipping a coffin to avoiding Iran, there are ways to up your chances of lasting forever.
Scientists say carbon and nitrogen isotopes found in penguin tissues can indicate shifts in the Antarctic environment.
A popular tale about rabbit domestication turns out to be fiction.
Scientists put a face to Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete skeleton from 10,000 years ago.
A study of 13 starfish species reveals that even animals that live at depths where sunlight doesn’t reach have functioning eyes.
When scientists recently discovered a protein that may help with the detection of sour tastes, they realized it had previously been identified in the inner ear.
Every marbled crayfish is a female clone. The population is exploding in Europe, but the species seems to have originated in the American Southeast.
Scientists have cloned two baby macaque monkeys with the same technique used to clone Dolly. The research could help advance the cloning of other species.
The tiniest particles in air pollution aren’t just a health threat. They also strengthen thunderstorms, new research suggests.
Higher than normal temperatures turned normally benign bacteria lethal, killing hundreds of thousands of the saiga antelopes.
A bonanza of data on wild predators running shows that hunting is more than sprinting.
For the first time, scientists can see in minute-time resolution how cells package chromosomes into highly condensed structures prior to cell division.
Mark Twain said of these mysterious flies in California's Mono Lake: “They pop up to the surface as dry as a patent office report.”
Glow-in-the dark dinoflagellates illuminate why Daylight Saving Time causes you to spill coffee and fumble through conversations.
First global look estimates the massive human and financial toll caused by pollution-related health problems.
Poison frogs in a South American rain forest carry tadpoles to water. But the males aren’t choosy about whose tadpoles they transport.
With Google Earth, archaeologists have uncovered strange stone structures that may have been built by nomadic tribes in ancient lava fields.
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A danger-sensing protein responds to hydrogen peroxide in planarians, results that hint at the evolutionary origins of people’s pain sensing.
Fish can get depressed, just like you, and that could make them a good model organism for studying depression in people.
Seen and heard, the fireball is a stunning breakthrough into kilonovas, bursts of energy believed to produce metals like gold and uranium in the universe.
If you think an hour-long Candy Crush session or occasionally dropping $10 to refill your stash of Pokemon Go pokeballs is evidence that you have a smartphone "addiction," you've got nothing on Wu Xia
The Nobel Assembly announced today that Michael Rosbash & Jeffrey C. Hall of Brandeis University and Michael W. Young of the Rockefeller University are the recipients of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythms.
Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.
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A duo or trio of powerful antibodies was effective at stopping an HIV-like infection in lab monkeys, two studies find.
Poison frogs resist the effects of their own poisons by tweaking the structure of some proteins that send signals to their brain. But this strategy isn’t foo...
Georgia Tech Associate Professor David Hu explains how collections of ants can change their shapes and actions based on their environments. Hu and School of ...
What it "looks like" when you are colorblind.
Microbes may tamper with the production of tiny molecules in brain regions that help control anxiety.
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Scientists have developed a healthy respect for mantises, acrobatic hunters with 3-D vision and voracious appetites.