How will future generations make the voyage from our earthly home to the planets and beyond—and what will that mean for our species?
DNA analyses find that early Homo sapiens mated with other human species and hint that such interbreeding played a key role in the triumph of our kind
Long, short, forward and back: Our concepts of time—and how we process it in the brain—are based on our understanding of physical space, with some surprising cultural variations
Shortly after Homo sapiens arose, harsh climate conditions nearly extinguished our species. The small population that gave rise to all humans alive today may have survived by exploiting a unique combination of resources along the southern coast of Africa
The weird quantum phenomenon of entanglement could produce shortcuts between distant black holes
By honing ax-making skills while scanning their own brains, researchers are studying how cognition evolved
For 30,000 years our species has been changing remarkably quickly. And we're not done yet
The surprising gap between lab results and media darlings
Tens of millions of people minister to a loved one on a full- or part-time basis, often putting their own lives on hold. Now researchers are finding ways to help them care for others without losing themselves
Engaging the public has long been taboo in scientific circles, but social media outlets are starting to force a change
Swings between wet and dry landscapes pushed some of our ancestors toward modern traits—and killed off others
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been arm-twisting journalists into relinquishing their reportorial independence, our investigation reveals. Other institutions are following suit
For the first time in the history of our species, we are never alone and never bored. Have we lost something fundamental about being human?
An astonishing trove of fossils has scientists, and the media, in a tizzy over our origins
The latest molecular analyses and fossil finds suggest that the story of human evolution is far more complex—and more interesting—than anyone imagined
To save species from climate change, scientists are looking to move them to areas they have never inhabited before—a strategy fraught with risk
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?