On the Origin of Pigeons, Worms, and Barnacles.
Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.
From spontaneous materializing to a "warm little pond."
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
A report from DARPA's Wait, What? conference
Chemical gardens show how life may have gotten its first spark
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.
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.
Peculiar portraits of championship chickens, by award-winning photographer Tamara Staples
Journal editor resigns after publishing "an incommensurable, trans-disciplinary, neologistical, axiomatic theory of life from quantum gravity to the living cell"
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
How we covered the Scopes Monkey Trial, the discovery of Java Man, the Piltdown Man hoax, and milestones in the history of evolutionary theory
As spaceflight is privatized, scientists will pay for space trips alongside affluent adventurers
After staring at the sun for hundreds of millennia, humans still have burning questions about it
What's on the moon? Here are the "midget-sun hypothesis," lunar snow, and more wild speculations we made prior to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969
The most explicit look yet at the impact that wiped out more than half of all life on earth
Now that “Ida” is a star, a look at some other famously transitional stars of the fossil record
A new system makes tracking healthcare serial killers easier
Alternative "disclaimer" stickers for science textbooks