The now-extinct giant beaver once lived from Florida to Alaska.
No junk food is safe.
The U.K.'s prescription system might be confusing, but I want it anyway
Why the hardest-working animals, plants, and microbes taste the best
Seventy-five percent of Ebola victims are women. Paul Farmer, the revolutionary doctor, thinks we should reconsider how we treat the virus.
From the farm to the dinner plate, here's where food gets lost.
A microbiologist explores the distinctive odors of a day at the beach.
From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
You know, just in case
The UN created FAOSTAT with the aim of helping scientists feed the world
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
With so many problems with our oceans--and solutions to them--it can be tricky to know where to start. So we asked the experts
Conceptual shelters that will protect us all from the perils of our rapidly changing environment: rising waters, extreme heat, rampant pollution and overpopulation
The U.S.-Mexico fence protects the border but could endanger animals
Food: inspiring and disgusting, all at once
Our experts turn up their noses at nothing in their quest for the truth
The endowment effect on your eating habits
Still in the works, a new food additive promises to lower the fat level of any food
Not at the hospital
Considering eating silkworms, and wanting to eat seahorses
All of that studying just might have contributed to your Freshman Fifteen
The answer may depend on your subconscious
Scientists design a microwave device to halt invasive aquatic critters
Reports surface that a group of the animals acted strangely prior to the big quake
Borrowing a trick from the Arctic snow flea could banish freezer burn
Can the humble tuber relieve some of the pressure on the strained worldwide grain market? The UN thinks so.
A new NIH database provides great info on the effects and interactions of natural medicines
See how scientists are learning from the most common form of life on Earth to fight cancer, produce ethanol and maybe even grow crops on the moon
A new study suggests fat itself breeds a well-known appetite-stimulating hormone
The bacteria that gives feta cheese its delicious flavor could also be the key to preventing food poisoning
Sloth finally proves itself useful as colleges discover undergrads are too lazy to get up for potentially wasteful second helpings
Nanotechnology in food could be the cure-all we've been searching for. But is it safe?
A device used by the British Navy to mark minefields has been repurposed to keep sonar-equipped marine animals out of fishing nets
NIOSH teams hit restaurants to determine whether fake butter could be causing real harm
The flooding aims to help restore the Colorado River ecosystem to its pre-dam conditions, but many remain skeptical of the plan
Colony collapse disorder has scientists as baffled as ever, and one food maker isn't going to stand for it
For the advanced kitchen chemist, or the merely curious-discover the high-tech appetizers, entres and desserts behind today's culinary revolution
Engineers develop a mind-controlled prosthetic arm dexterous enough to play piano
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
A million straws could mellow the next Katrina
Global warming is taking a toll on fishâ€”and helping jellyfish rule the sea
Want to keep pace with the competition? Forget coffeeâ€”a new class of FDA-approved stimulants will keep you working harder, better, faster and stronger
High-tech security isn't just for the airport anymore. Advances now coming out of the labs will help protect what's dear to you, from your car to your kids, your dinner to your dinero
For a 24-hour view of one of the most vibrant coral reefs on Earth, book a room at the world's first underwater hotel
Irina Polejaeva has the secret to the perfect steak, but is America ready for her recipe?
A new powder made from shrimp stops serious bleeding-fast
If cultured fish is fed with wild stock, are we doing more harm than good when we buy fresh from the farm?
Diabetics, say goodbye to pre-meal shots
Behold, the worldâ€™s smallest broom!
Take a photographic tour virtual of FHIA's Honduran operation
Can subterranean laboratories ease safety woes over crops that sprout medicine?
Who knew? A new study shows that eating fast food will make you fat
These seven bacterial and viral agents form a deadly bioterror lineup
We must intervene to halt these aging processes, says Aubrey De Grey. the rub is, no one has figured out how
Amazing inventions of 2004
A three-foot-tall "hobbit" who lived in Indonesia up to 12,000 years ago is changing the way we think about the human family
The Chopper, Beta Version
Body scans are all the rage, but how many do we need?
A Hollywood ending for a comp-sci guy: his graphics software goes to the movies.
His device lets him look inside the brain to see where memories reside.
In the escalating arms race between battery power and consumption, The Cells are losing to The Gadgetsâ€”Big time. Question is, can the chemists catch up to the engineers?
Motorcycles thrilled civilians first. The military then tapped the nimble bikes for use in combat and reconnaissance.
In the early 1900s, radioactive water was all the rage. Hard to believe smart people could fall for such twaddle--right?
A reader inquires: "Why can't we put people into some sort of cryogenic sleep and launch them to Mars--or to an even more distant destination, like Alpha Centauri?"
Fanciful writing on our part aside, the rapid climate change scenario isn't so far-fetched.
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?
One mad cow rattles America. An index of facts and fears.
Saddled with poisoned real estate, one city turns to GM trees to mop up the mess.
Why a 145-pound man can outeat a former defensive tackle nicknamed "the fridge."
A new X-ray machine sizes up all the damage in seconds.
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.
Malaria kills an estimated 1 million people every year. Should scientists and policy makers attempt to genetically engineer the eradication of its prime carrier, the mosquito?
The answer is probably not what you want to hear.
It's an ultrafast killing machine with bleeding-edge aerodynamics. Not a pet.
Chemist-turned-barman Eben Klemm proves that drinkmaking is no art.
Do foreign visitors to the United States have the same problem with drinking water as Americans traveling overseas?
A prize-winning teen proves the mettle of an ancient herb.
With the right equipment, cows can be trained to milk themselves.
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.
A machine eats, digests, andâ€”well, you knowâ€”all in the name of art. It's amazing, but it ain't pretty.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the memorabilia on display in the traveling Baseball Hall of Fame.
Fat sticks around in your bloodstream when you're uptight.
Neuroscience: Almost everybody gets pleasure from some kind of pain.
A building contractor's fascination with ancient shells is unique and contagious.
The story behind the most successful failure of all time.
Inventors: Meet Michael Worden, a classic amateur inventor.