Knowledge is forged in the laboratory, but before it reaches the people, it passes through mediators—the government, the media and the scientific establishment—each with its own agenda.
This fickle and influential climate pattern often gets blamed for extreme weather. A closer look at the most recent cycle shows that the truth is more subtle
Evidence mounts that Saturn's icy moon harbors active hydrothermal vents, making it one of the hottest places to look for life beyond Earth
Many kinds of archaic humans walked the planet at the same time. How did Homo sapiens come to be the last species standing?
For today’s teens, more followers online may mean fewer friends in real life—and a path to behavioral and psychological problems later on
A new experimental approach at the interface of chemistry and biology lets scientists peer into the deepest reaches of the body's master controller
We gain most of our knowledge without any instruction. Now science is unraveling how our brain pulls off this everyday miracle
We asked leading scientists to predict the future. Here’s what they had to say
We walk a line between the anarchy of choice and Disney-fication, says the author of Neuromancer
On other worlds, plants could be red, blue, even black
This artist's unique combination of technical knowledge and graphic prowess brought astronomy alive and helped to advance the manned spaceflight program
The short version: It’s impossible to do
Street artists use the city as their canvas
Research shows that some of the component traits of psychopathy help leaders succeed
If we do it right, we could become a long-term stabilizing force for the planet
Scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react
Trompe l'oeil illusions challenge your perception
Uploading your brain into a computer is probably impossible. But for sake of argument: What would you do if it weren’t?
Artists find mind-bending ways to bring impossible figures into three-dimensional reality
A wealth of psychological research shows that mental downtime is vital for productivity and health. Some progressive companies are finally starting to listen