Fascinating fecal science.
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
But the long-term effects of prolonged cellphone use require further study—and will spark fresh controversy
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
Could robots take over the world? That's the premise of this summer's I, Robot. And AI researchers aren't scoffing.
With the release of the DSM-5 this month, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg questions whether psychiatry's diagnostic Bible can truly get at the nature of mental suffering.
Take a look in a book.
Sports: Headfirst at 80 miles per hour on a steel platter. And you thought bobsled and luge were scary.
And if we combined the two, what extraordinary intelligence would they be capable of?
Last October, Iceland's economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
Geographic profiling pioneer Kim Rossmo has been likened to Sherlock Holmes; his Watson in the hunt for serial killers is a digital sidekick -- an algorithm he calls Rigel.
If historical patterns repeat themselves, the next ice age will occur within about 2,000 years.
The polygraph, though used in hiring, marital disputes, and possibly even anti-terror investigations, is flawed. Now scientists are looking deep within the brain to devise ways to detect deception at its source.
Some monkey business in a Duke University lab suggests we'll soon be able to move artificial limbs, control robotic soldiers, and communicate across thousands of miles--using nothing but our thoughts.
Your August obituary of astronomer Thomas Gold implied that his oil-abundance theory is off-base, but hasn't recent research proved otherwise?
What's the best way to make scientists?
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
Child development: Down's kids learn to just do it.
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
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
Head in the clouds? Then it's time to make yourself a useful citizen scientist.
Scuba-trained investigators are learning protocols for examining watery graves. Rule #1 is not so high-tech: Watch out for 'gators.
Medical quirks immortalized in bronze
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
As students everywhere return to school, the luckiest are heading for caves and rocket firing ranges instead of lecture halls
Six years' worth of incredible places.
Free dive to 55 feet? No sweat. It's the return trip that could kill you.
Behind the psychology and biology of regret.
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
What the Dutch do for fun
Titanic honcho James Cameron has some advice for NASA on how to both seduce and educate a jaded public
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. They averaged one every 10 minutes. And they weren't very scientific.
Devices that harness brain or nerve impulses to help patients see, hear, move, and communicate are already available -- though for now they remain relatively primitive.
His device lets him look inside the brain to see where memories reside.
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
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.
Sure the sexes learn differently--but at what level?
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. they averaged one every 10 minutes. And they werenâ€™t very scientific.
Around the world, scientists are risking their lives to retrieve seeds destined for a massive vault near the North Pole. Their work just might save mankind
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
Researchers have shown how to teach a password subconsciously, then pluck it back out.
Solving the mysteries of the universe
They hang between life and death in a delicate balance.
Here's what it's like to train with the advanced night-vision technology that gives U.S. troops their covert edge.
Our emotions shape which language we decide to use.
Excerpt: Mind Fixers
Engineers develop a mind-controlled prosthetic arm dexterous enough to play piano
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
A new drop washes away cataracts in aging eyes
Where to go if you want to clone mules, hunt aliens, or just build a better videogame
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
We could live here, if only there was 3G
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.
SparkFun's annual autonomous vehicle competition pushes the limits of cheap tech
Swiftly, and smack in the middle
Tests in mice show potential for reversing the slowdown in learning that comes with puberty
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
A new study looks at the power of practicing well beyond mastery.
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
An ambitious experiment is underway to harness the heat of a volcano in central Oregon. The process is green, efficient... and causes earthquakes.
Time to play "name that cortex."
Researchers discover that devil rays dive deeper than anyone knew--and solve a biological mystery in the process
The adolescent brain is setting the stage for adulthood
The Black Plague, Third Pandemic and Spanish Flu wiped out hundreds of millions; they have nothing on today's worst diseases
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
The cold, hard facts
A new study has found that EEG activity is possible beyond the point normally considered brain death.
What we have here is a failure to communicate
Brains learn better and forget less when connections are clustered
"You gotta Crash and Learn."
Every day we're exposed to thousands of man-made chemicals, some of which seep into our bodies and remain there for decades. What that means for our health, we don't fully understand--but I subjected myself to a battery of new tests in search of answers
The brain interface learns—and remembers—how to read thoughts.
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
Physics can't find the biggest thing in the known universe, so it's looking beyond our paltry three dimensions. Michael Moyer enters the zone of insanely hard mathematics, translates what he finds into plain English, and makes it back alive.
Excerpt: Good Enough
With a few simple steps, this shiny beast can play your favorite TV shows and run free arcade classics
New neuroscience study shows that going with your gut really works
The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
Brain areas that control movement have to learn new tricks.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.