Sex isn't nearly as binary as you think it is.
Lapis lazuli was hard to get your hands—or mouth—on.
Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion
Healthy foods are the ones we're most likely to trash
A researcher says it should be considered a real problem, but not everyone agrees
The May 2015 issue is here
A crash course in modeling the outbreak of a deadly disease
A new test for HPV has been cleared as way to screen for cervical cancer, but doctors are concerned that it doesn't do enough to protect younger women.
Medical quirks immortalized in bronze
Put down the bologna: "Quality, not quantity" is just one strategy that could make meat available to all while protecting the environment.
Thank you for bringing these incidents to our attention, BY DAILY MAIL REPORTER.
A new study finds potentially harmful levels of heavy metals in commonly used lipsticks and glosses.
This chart tells you that "the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined" over time. The problem is, it's wrong.
One full week of keeping track of absolutely everything, to see if gamification can net you a win in the game of life
With introspective retrospection, we consider the effects of our trip on transportation in this country
Our dependence on big systems--big oil, big coal--steers us away from little ones, such as biofuel made from garbage, that are transforming communities in other countries
From the "Solutions to Problems You Never Knew You Had" department
Conceptual shelters that will protect us all from the perils of our rapidly changing environment: rising waters, extreme heat, rampant pollution and overpopulation
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
AirDat's sensors, currently installed on the nosecones of 160 commercial airplanes, beam real-time atmospheric data to forecasters
Does red wine make you live longer? Do bras cause cancer? Is sugar as addictive as cocaine and heroin? We uncover what headline-grabbing scientific studies really mean for your health
A former IBM engineer says his latest invention can turn regular cars into plug-in hybrids for between $3,000 and $5,000. He could be on to something.
Even if we tap every renewable power source available, it won't mean a thing without a final, crucial step: reinventing the grid
Last October, Iceland's economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
A skeptical look at the physics of projectiles from space
Metal plates under a supermarket's parking lot harness the power of passing cars
A new species of stick insect from Borneo is titled the world's longest living insect
As energy prices spike, even smelly fuel sources look attractive
Scientific justice for maligned critters
Our FYI experts tackle your burning questions . . . with the power of science!
A portable dialysis machine could liberate millions
Scientists overcome quantum mechanics weirdness to pave the way for nanotechnology
Scientists design a microwave device to halt invasive aquatic critters
You don't even have to try. The things you do as a matter of course can have grievous ecological effects
Arsenic-laced drinking water, lead-contaminated soils and choking air pollution are sadly just the start in some of the world's dirtiest places
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
The free software from Google gives scientists a new world view
Researchers fit macaques with one of the most advanced prosthetics in the hopes of improving life for amputees (not to mention marshmallow-starved primates)
Powdered pig bladder made Lee Spievak's sawed-off finger grow back. Is this the future of medicine?
A new drop washes away cataracts in aging eyes
Carnegie Mellon researchers perfect touch-based computer interface
An interactive feature shows exactly what role the space agency plays in your daily life
A global YouTube outage is traced to a single country's censoring attempt
Packets of fizzy vitamins: 1. Flu: 0
During a week of attempting to cloak every aspect of daily life, our correspondent found that in an information age, leaving no trace is nearly impossible
In our all-digital economy, only the computer knows
Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry created techpresident.com to answer an important question this election season: Do Facebook friends equal votes?
Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones—there's virtually no high-tech Western product that China's cloners can't copy. Pretty soon, you might even prefer their work
Whether you've got hundreds to spend or zillions, we've got an office set-up you'll love to come home to
The ultimate self-adjusting office chair plus seven more concepts that will make your daily grind a little smoother
Could your social networks brand you an enemy of the state?
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
Software will allow you to easily carry yearsâ€™ worth of searchable memoriesâ€”in your pocket
A wearable energy tracker takes the guesswork out of weight loss
Diabetics, say goodbye to pre-meal shots
For Japan's new 250mph commuter train, slowing down is every bit as important as speeding up
The Germans consider DNA testing to match poop to pooch
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
Worst Science Jobs II: Number 7
Last July, 9-year-old Alex Everett received his first shot of synthetic human growth hormone--an injection he will get every night for eight years. Alex is not sick--he is short. Should we be treating stature as a medical condition?
Reader Nicole Thayer of Miami asks: How do scientists track great whites?
Man's best friend? Not if the man is on trial and the dog is an expert "nose witness" who may be more convincing than reliable.
We go remote-control deep-sea fishing with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
9/11 fanned fears of more terror attacks by air. But our 95,000 miles of coast may be much more permeable. Here's the new defense strategy.
With E911, your cellphone's location can be tracked within seconds. Sounds great for emergencies, but is there a dark side?
Tollbooths, ATMs, doctors' offices, online chat: You leave critical personal data behind wherever you go. Let's follow one American as he scatters his digital DNA.
Water and fertilizer are just the beginning--especially when the field is brand new.