The Power of Fear in the Thawing Arctic
Living north of the Arctic Circle meant learning fear and its power to motivate in the face of danger—whether from a bear or climate change.
A Woman’s AncestryDNA Test Revealed a Medical Secret
As a cancer patient, she had received cord-blood cells from an anonymous donor. The DNA from those cells led her to him.
The Truth About Electric Eels Has Long Been Overlooked
I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you.
An Astronaut Reared the World’s Highest Flying Birds
To understand how bar-headed geese cross the Himalayas, astronaut Jessica Meir had to raise some herself.
The Amazon Is Not Earth’s Lungs
Humans could burn every living thing on the planet and still not dent its oxygen supply.
The Brain-Eating Amoeba Is a Nearly Perfect Killer
The single-celled menace rarely infects humans. That’s what makes it so hard to treat.
The Secrets of Moondust
Lunar samples, untouched by Earth’s atmosphere for decades, will soon emerge from a NASA vault.
The Human Brain Project Hasn’t Lived Up to Its Promise
Ten years ago, a neuroscientist said that within a decade he could simulate a human brain. Spoiler: It didn’t happen.
The Disturbing Sound of a Human Voice
Hearing people talk can terrify even top predators such as mountain lions, with consequences that ripple through entire ecosystems.
Neanderthals Were About as Right-Handed as Modern Humans
In one study, at least 85 percent of Neanderthal tools appeared to be made for a user whose right side was dominant.