Studies of humans and other animals indicate that inventiveness often stems from factors other than need
The link between word sounds and meanings may not be arbitrary after all
New types of hearing tests can pick up early damage missed by current tests—perhaps in time to reverse it
A free Web service combats illegal fishing by exposing the movements of commercial vessels to public view
New gene-editing technology breakthroughs could help save native species from the blight of invaders—but at what risk?
Two studies highlight overlooked ways that we are being exposed to indoor and outdoor pollution
Lasker Award winner Michael Sofia created a pill to fight an incurable virus. Now he is setting his sights on another
Clinton, Trump and Stein answer 20 top questions about science, engineering, technology, health and environmental issues
The Gaia spacecraft’s new chart may drastically improve our understanding of the physics of stars, and ultimately of our galaxy’s entire history
Many films at the festival push the technological boundaries of story-telling
A science fiction novel published in 2013 pegged some of the most salient details for our nearest neighboring exoplanet
Words with like meaning switch on overlapping brain areas to produce false memories
Fifty years after the original series premiere, it's still the gold standard of scientific accuracy, even with the occasional blunder
A prototype device measures ripeness by studying the fruit’s color
Glitches in cells’ mitochondria power plants underlie various types of cases
More terrestrial mammals are being stressed as their habitats shrink
A Q&A with the writers of a new two-volume set that boldly goes to explore the “childish antics,” ego clashes, missed opportunities and prescient brilliance behind the scenes of one of TV’s most successful franchises...
Although there is no conclusive evidence of danger to humans, antibacterials’ benefits have not been proved to exceed potential risks
Patients who received the antibody therapy had reduced levels of amyloid protein in their brains after one year
Cracks are showing in the dominant explanation for dark matter. Is there anything more plausible to replace it?