Scientists share their favorite stories.
The compound might be suitable for cell membranes.
Excerpt: Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong
But their evolutionary history is
Bacteria have bonded carbon and silicon for the first time. What can they teach us?
Our favorite six-second science bites from the discontinued video service
Our favorite science images of the week
Cooling the filament keeps it from burning out
Spoiler alert: boom
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Improved imaging technology helps scientists understand the relationship between a nucleus and the rest of the cell
We asked a bunch of our favorite people about their holiday plans
We asked 13 science and technology leaders for a few life lessons
A bacterium inside the coffee berry borer could provide clues as to how to fight it
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admits the agency's culture of safety needs improvement.
This moss was around at the dawn of the Roman Republic.
100 percent of the leeches also survived extreme cold (-130°F) for nine months!
The last bucardo died in 2000, killed by a falling tree.
Note to Fox News: it wasn't a cloud of toxic chlorine.
A new bee semen bank may help breed colony-collapse-disorder-resistant bees.
The precise method by which Yahoo! digests and dissolves its prey.
One of agriculture's most dangerous substances, anhydrous ammonia requires several precautions to handle.
A dramatic way to garnish
A new theory suggests that unusual greenhouse gases might have kept the planet warm back before the sun was bright enough to do the job.
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
Sometimes, the best way to improve a new material is to beat the hell out of it.
The food experimenters who publish Cook's Illustrated have put together a cookbook featuring 50 kitchen science lessons every home cook should know. We put some to the test.
A new laundry additive turns ordinary garments into wearable air-scrubbers that pull nitrogen oxides from the atmosphere.
A dramatic video from a physics professor uses 1,500 ping-pong balls to teach an important lesson.
An unearthly demonstration of the eternal feud between superconductivity and magnetism
But how does it taste with other fluids? Grapefruit juice? Motor oil? Liquid nitrogen?
To catch a fast-acting virus, response teams have to be faster
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Feeding flies a "cryoprotectant" can save them from the cold
What's the most habitable planet?
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
Bill Andrews has spent two decades unlocking the molecular mechanisms of aging. His mission: to extend the human life span to 150 years--or die trying
A century of agricultural innovation vastly increased the amount of food--but with it came an increased population, and now hunger is on the rise. Fixing it will require an unlikely alliance
One of the biggest mysteries of physics could end with what scientists find 4,850 feet below the Black Hills of South Dakota
To commemorate World Food Day, we look back on science's role in alleviating the hunger crisis. Whale breeding, desert sugar factories, and oyster soup capsules, yum
At a cocktail convention, McGee and other experts unleash a cutting-edge arsenal of handy science
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here
The American Museum of Natural History will receive endangered species samples from the National Park Service
Cars and devices could soon be powered by hydrogen extracted from urine
Neither up in smoke, nor in the ground
Christmas chemistry show provides a chance for otherwise sensible faculty members to mix dangerous chemicals and light them in front of an audience
He peers into the most mysterious materials using home-built, one-of-a-kind microscopes
For the advanced kitchen chemist, or the merely curious-discover the high-tech appetizers, entres and desserts behind today's culinary revolution
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
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
After I die, I donâ€™t want to rot slowly six feet under or be reduced to a pile of ashes. Can you suggest any unusual alternatives to burial or cremation?
In DIY science, eBay offers amazing access to gear, supplies, chemicals--a whole universe beyond Pez dispensers.
How faulty plumbing sank the world's largest oil platform.
The algae systems can capture most of the phosphorus and nitrogen in runoff
It's all about the nitrogens
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Air pollution is still a problem, especially worldwide, but these images show things have recently improved in the US.
Soothe a grasshopper, save the planet
Fertilizer and sewage runoff cause the worst marine pollution, but we can reverse their effects
Little Clara's tetranitratoxycarbon is brand new and explosive
As students everywhere return to school, the luckiest are heading for caves and rocket firing ranges instead of lecture halls
Fabien Cousteau and his team are setting out to break the record for living in an underwater habitat.
They hang between life and death in a delicate balance.
The Internet came in a distant second.
Once upon a time, the mantra for scientific success was "Think big." Nowadays, it's all about the ongoing mission to make things really, really small. Here, a look at the latest in Lilliputian developments
A radical new power plant aims to convert our dirtiest fossil fuel into clean-burning hydrogen
From flexible flashlights to genetically engineered fertilizers, San Jose's Tech Museum names the 25 most do-goody projects of the year
Steven Chu, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is a Nobel-winning physicist and an unabashed advocate of fighting climate change. But can he negotiate the political realities of transforming the energy economy?
Nearly a decade ago, NASA built an Earth-monitoring satellite that could have observed global warming in action. Then the agency stashed it in a warehouse in Maryland, where it remains to this day.
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
A refutation of "chemophobia."
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
A nanoparticle-covered billboard offers a smog-reducing poem
Plus, the spectacular birth of a star
The recent State of Emergency declared in Florida is just the latest in a long history of troubles
Technique to create alcohol from thin air has applications in renewable energy
And here you thought there were just solids, liquids, and gases
Unique porous fluid could suck up and lock away unwanted molecules
Just in time for summer: water that stays fluid at -183°C
Well, at least (ant) war is good for something.
Scientists are triumphant over extraordinary new images from Saturn and its moons--rivers of methane, ice volcanoes, ferocious storms and more
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling