Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Scientists share their favorite stories.
Our planet makes a lot of sounds, and some of them are spooky.
No, it's not a superweapon.
A giant thing to look at tiny things to understand giant things
Dark energy, gravitational waves, and black holes may be just the beginning
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
A scientist gets cozy with the most alien microbes in the world
Meteorites could carry fossils between worlds, says new research
And they're about 10 billion times more precise than your quartz wristwatch.
For your next family trip to Mars
If only they had developed monkey boats. Tiny little monkey boats! Oh man I wish they had monkey boats.
Ancient toothaches, smells, franken-mummies, and more!
And you thought your relatives were odd looking.
When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast early Friday morning, we all feared a tsunami. But San Francisco gets earthquakes all the time, and we're not scared of a tsunami there. Why?
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
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
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.
Bold innovation or terrible idea? Your guide to the experiments that only sound scary—and the lab work you truly should lose sleep over
Los Alamos scientist Steen Rasmussen plans to one-up nature by cobbling together a brand-new creature that reproduces and evolves. Is he making a biotech marvel that will do our bidding, or a test-tube-size Frankenstein monster?
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?