The effective swimming motions of jellyfish inspire submarine design and medical diagnotics
A chemical compound can cut a cow's methane emissions by 30 percent—and help the animal get more energy from its food. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science fiction thriller, The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet.
Lemurs sometimes mix their smelly secretions to produce a bouquet of stank—which may boost the perfume’s staying power. Karen Hopkin reports.
Jellyfish manipulate physics to become the most efficient animals moving in the sea
Our political attitudes may be written in our DNA
The new maps show the link between clouds, plants and animals
Effort depends on transforming rhino tissue into sperm and egg cells
Modelling study paints bleak picture for Europe’s bird populations
Watching someone else scratch often leads you to do the same
Acid blockers reduce the diversity of bacteria in the intestines—and that could lead to trouble
If noise derails your thought, the problem might be that you may have a highly creative brain that's less able to filter out seemingly unimportant events.
Male peacocks put on quite a show for their mates, and now scientists understand more of what goes into their wiggles
Primatologist Frans de Waal discusses his latest book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016).
A preference for dark versus milk chocolate, among other things, shows up in the kinds of healthy germs found in the gut
The gene linked to pale skin and red hair appears to have another big role in appearance
Scientists race to determine the origin of a Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield
When a species of nightshade is injured by hungry beetles, it produces sugary nectar at the wound site. The nectar attracts ants that then keep the beetles at bay.
Canid species all over the world vocalize the same 21 ideas but have different regional ways of expressing them.
When it comes to a devastating blood disorder, sometimes two wrongs make a right