Featured in fall 2020
New satellites can pinpoint methane leaks to help us beat climate change
Gas-sniffing orbiters are helping clear the air of a common and overlooked pollutant.
These boulders seemed to move on their own—until one scientist figured them out
Death Valley National Park’s Racetrack Playa is famous for a decades-old phenomenon.
Glimpse the gold mine where scientists are searching for dark matter
An elaborate camera trap, buried a mile below the Black Hills of South Dakota, could reveal the makeup of the universe.
Look inside the hidden world of Earth’s most beautiful caves
They’re not the dark, dirty holes you grew up fearing.
Meet the disease detectives fighting to understand COVID-19
These epidemiological sleuths are on the case of every past, present, and future outbreak.
How mystery flavors confuse our taste buds
People have tried to guess what’s behind the White Mystery Airhead for ages, but no one’s gotten it right so far.
Could an ancient megashark still lurk in the deep seas?
Monster. Myth. Megalodon.
Tracking down ‘patient zero’ is a crucial piece of the pandemic puzzle
Epidemiologists pair gumshoe detective skills with fancy lab equipment to work backwards and stave off viral spread.
We already know how to keep the next pandemic from catching us off guard
It all starts with hurricane preparedness.
Why do we see ghosts?
Current science can’t prove their existence, but these seven mental and environmental factors might.