To Baldomero Olivera, venom is nature's drug industry.
A rare nod to technology over fundamental physics.
It's almost easy to find mastodon bones in the United States
The body electrician
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
Plus some cheesy jokes from one of the world's most famous living physicists
We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Some of the greatest moments ever in figuring out how stuff works
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?
If fear really is all in our heads, Joseph LeDoux thinks he can eliminate it. The first step is to block out our memories
Alan Burns made a fortune in the oil business. But as oil wanes, he's convinced that clean energy will be—must be—the next big thing. And so this inventor has poured his fortune into a challenge far greater than finding new oil deposits: extracting energy from the ocean
One man's noise is another man's long-sought signal
With the upcoming release of the major motion picture Europa Report, a couple of Jet Propulsion Lab scientists explain how science fiction has evolved in response to our growing understanding of space.
Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
As the Large Hadron Collider readies to be fired up in Geneva, Physicist Brian Cox explains what it might reveal about the workings of the Universe—and why the grandest scientific instrument ever built is well worth the $6 billion investment
Uh, some islands 'n' stuff?
Marcia McNutt talks about the power and importance of discovery
These are the 2017 winners of the Vizzies Challenge.