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Sex and gender binaries don’t tell the entire story of life
In 'Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex,' PopSci executive editor Rachel Feltman shows why biology doesn't define us.
First-of-a-kind study shows encouraging data for trans kids who socially transition
Trans youth almost never 'detransition' in the first several years after a social transition.
What an extraterrestrial archaeological dig could tell us about space culture
Instead of dirt, these researchers dug through thousands of photos to capture astronaut culture on the International Space Station.
Classic Mexican art stood the test of time with the help of this secret ingredient
A mysterious plant-based oil could help art conservators restore the shine to centuries-old masterpieces.
Indigenous farmers are ‘rematriating’ centuries-old seeds to plant a movement
Heirloom plants from museums and seed banks are being reconnected with their original tribal stewards for cultural preservation and food security.
What do you call a tiny tarantula killer? Jeff Daniels.
The actor says the new species designation "made him smile."
Horned helmets came from Bronze Age artists, not Vikings
Horny Vikings are revisionist history.
Good news for lychee lovers: There may be a way to grow the fruits year-round
Lychee has a short peak season in the summer. But a missing chunk of DNA could help shift growing periods to different times of the year.
Roman soldiers, booze, and mail trucks shaped the fruitcake’s rich history
You can thank (or blame) the Postal Service for the fruitcake's dominance.
The unofficial list of the world’s most colorful places
How many can you guess?