How do we decide how rare an animal is? How do we figure out how long before it goes extinct? And how do we stop that from happening?
Give these reptiles some love.
A Japanese study suggests looking at cute animal pics can help your concentration. We've thoughtfully provided some so you can test that out for yourself.
Wiping out bycatch before it wipes out more marine life
Researchers have found some nasty microbes in turtles off the coast of Mexico
Pictured: a turtle with a really cool shell.
Scientists test how tagging devices increase drag for marine animals.
And led to one of the first American science experiments.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.
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Look at his little fins!
Sea turtles know where they're going; drugged fish, not so much
Including a robot hugging a teddy bear
Plus, a detailed map of Pluto's surface
Happy Early World Ocean Day!
Plus, the Prince Nebula
A new strategy could help archaeologists reveal a cremated skeleton's sex.
Overwhelming atmospheric evidence supports the reality of global warming--and humans' role in causing it
Ancient toothaches, smells, franken-mummies, and more!
Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?
The president sets in motion the largest ocean preserve ever—but will industry kill it?
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
Plus, a star named "Nasty"
Holy reticulated snake spine! A fossil reveals a 2,500 pound prehistoric python (along with some surprising facts about global temperature)
Which industries do the most damage to the environment?
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Why do we have fingerprints? How long can trees live? Why do cats purr? Artists illustrate humanity's most burning scientific questions.
But the findings are not without their fair share of critics.
Information has never looked so beautiful
The science of how a spirit gets better over time
Also reveals that he was at risk for ulcers
Now what do I do with all these leeches?
How to track cyber-villains and plan a space colony
The world's most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out
With the worldâ€™s wild fish stocks plummeting, experts say that something must be done to ensure our seafood supply. Are offshore fish farms the solution?
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
100 percent of the leeches also survived extreme cold (-130°F) for nine months!
New rules under the sea and on the plate
A cartoonist and a climate scientist teamed up on a new book.
New research on where invasives are most pervasive
Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the boundary between man and machine is quickly disappearing. PLUS: A gallery of today's most mind-blowing 'bots
Competitor takes advantage of LHC's accident
Pinpointing the smell of death will help cadaver dogs track down bodies more quickly
A Thai man was caught in an airport trying to pick up 54 ploughshare tortoises. There are perhaps 400 ploughshare tortoises in the wild.
Headbutt the shape, get a treat!
Science Channelâ€™s new reality TV show pits survivalist Les Stroud against some of the worldâ€™s harshest environs.
Fun is in the beak of the beholder
These little suckers could inspire a new superglue.
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
Shows like Dexterâ€™s Laboratory and Jimmy Neutron are turning the electronic babysitter into a science cheerleader
We're all familiar with images of lurching robots performing rote tasks on the factory production lines. But the capabilities of robots have evolved well beyond the banality of those grainy industrial films.
The Australian government is trying to keep the Great Barrier Reef off the United Nations' "endangered" listing, but scientists say their plan isn't good enough.
Dogs, cats, chimps, and more!
It's vague, and carries no actual weight, but we're sure this arctic fox is pleased to know that there's a 7-point scheme to save it when its habitat melts.
Newsworthy eye candy
A social media life-vest, a building shaped like a bad acid trip, an abstract look at volcanoes, and more of our favorite images from this week
To track the effects of warming seas on coral reefs, a new survey project is launching an extensive database of panoramic underwater imagery.
Dive in and explore
Our ancient quest to create androids is about to destroy the boundary between humans and machines. Futurist, author and inventor Ray Kurzweil explains how
A new book explores why our bodies do the things they do
Our 10 favorite science images of the week
But their evolutionary history is
Important things from September 1914
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
Just implement a nice kill-switch, then everything'll be fine
It was not projected to happen until 2014
2312 is available on Amazon.
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You can't escape it.
What we can learn from a massive meteor crater
A Hollywood ending for a comp-sci guy: his graphics software goes to the movies.
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
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
Once upon a time, a neurosurgeon's best friends were a buzz saw and a knife. Now, robotic hands offer doctors the best chance of performing miracles
Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
The next generation of artificial limbs-fused directly to human bone and commanded by the brain-promises effortless, natural motion. It can't come soon enough for the newest group of prosthetics wearers: U.S. soldiers