Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Turns out, I'm hip to a new trend.
Boiling blood and exploding skulls.
Ancient daggers carved from femurs were pretty fierce.
Who owns the bones?
Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.
Prehistoric cannibals likely had other motivations
Pinpointing the smell of death will help cadaver dogs track down bodies more quickly
Homo naledi had small brains but human-like traits, upending the fossil record
The device could eventually let surgeons apply stem cells more directly
The Ig Nobel Prizes are in! Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year.
Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.
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?
It's all in the wrist.
The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?
Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species
She creates injectable scaffolds that help the body heal
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
Paves way for better nanomedicine as well as remediation of nanotoxic events
Drip, drip, drip
They swim just like parasites, but would do good instead of harm
Say hi to the proteome.
A 3-D virtual patient that allows doctors to visualize and diagnose ailments in high-definition
Studying our natural internal bacteria could help doctors cure diseases that affect millions
Researchers have successfully tested a technique that uses melanin-coated nanoparticles to protect bone marrow from damage commonly sustained during radiotherapy
Time to rewrite the textbooks!
The Visible Body offers an educational experience, and the chance to poke a spleen
Asking for a friend.
Humanity has toppled scores of world records over the past few decades, but how much more progress can we make?
The annual Ig Nobel awards are a treasure.
Raw food takes too long to digest and offers too few calories to grow a human brain. Cooking it is the key.
Sorting through microfossils at the LaBrea Tar Pits.
New machine a significant step towards personalized genetic medicine
UK agency has given approval to use CRISPR to modify embryos, a world-first
There's more to it than smarter A.I.
In the future, you--like the pufferfish--could have so many teeth that you'll wear necklaces made out of your spares. It'll be weird.
How about giving people patches that would make them allergic to meat?
It's responsible for 8.5 percent of Wikipedia articles.
It wasn't about gender or race. It was much simpler.
Only a few dozen will be chosen for the 2023 mission to colonize the red planet.
But are they locking the barn door after the horse-men have cantered out?
Maybe we can all just agree on this one?
You might be surprised at the answer! Or you might not. I don't know your depth of knowledge of animal sensory organs.
In his book The Most Human Human, Brian Christian looks at the artificial intelligences we've built, and what they say about us
By keeping the people down
The nose knows
Mark Zuckerberg and fellow tech leaders fund annual prizes worth $22 million
Researchers have learned how to use the human microflora to monitor healthcare cleanliness
500 Women Scientists, and counting, are changing the face of the field
The first new embryonic stem cell lines are set to roll out after President Obama lifted Bush-era restrictions last spring
This diagram from 1963 imagines how future humans will adapt to hostile environments.
One lab baboon has had a pig heart in its body for more than a year now.
Like a delicious, biocompatible computer
Italian scientists analyzed the microbial colonization on a historic easel painting.
Long before pipes and bowls, people in Central Asia burned cannabis plants in wooden bowls and inhaled the smoke.
Never get lost in your own metabolic processes again!
The case again the material mounts as new research about its hazards to human health appears
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
Fabien Cousteau and his team are setting out to break the record for living in an underwater habitat.
Pig cells wrapped in seaweed will be implanted into diabetes patients
Preserve like an Egyptian
A few bright points throughout the year.
The next big thing in alternative energy: your body. Wasted energy from your movements may not be enough to power your house, but it will be charging your cellphone and more within the next decade
Pioneering surgeons have made it possible to transplant a human uterus that can bear children, offering hope to millions of women who never thought they could give birth.
A new human trial will chill gunshot victims to keep them alive
We're not built for this stuff.
Some transhumanist Web sites that are worth checking out
This 10,000-rpm, no-pulse artificial heart doesn't resemble an organic heart--and might be all the better for it
And awkwardly outline the taboo zones
Snake Venom Reflects More Than 100 Million Years of Evolution
The frontier of science is looking inward to fix what ails us.
Inducing therapeutic hypothermia can prevent damage from oxygen deprivation in trauma patients