For a Split Second, a (Simulated) Particle Went Backward in Time
Using a quantum computer, physicists successfully reversed time for an artificial atom. You can even try it at home.
Ancient Rock Art in the Plains of India
Two amateur sleuths have uncovered a collection of mysterious rock carvings on the Indian coastal plain south of Mumbai.
Chronicles of the Rings: What Trees Tell Us
Studying the historical data stored in centuries-old trees is a burgeoning field, with labs around the world learning more about historical patterns of weather and climate and the effects on humans.
Volcanoes! Lightning! And Radioactive Gas, Too
Studying radon’s role in the electrification of plumes above volcanoes could help people anticipate the damage resulting from eruptions
Your Environment Is Cleaner. Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared.
A century ago, British scientists suggested a link between increased hygiene and allergic conditions — the first hint that our immune systems are becoming improperly “trained.”
The Secret History of Women in Coding
Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?
Have Dark Forces Been Messing With the Cosmos?
Axions? Phantom energy? Astrophysicists scramble to patch a hole in the universe, rewriting cosmic history in the process.
An Icy Superhighway Once Carried Glaciers From Namibia to Brazil
Researchers matched up a jigsaw puzzle of ice that once flowed between two landmasses now separated by an ocean.
Birds of a Feather May Stick Together, but This Bird’s Foot Got Stuck in Amber
Known as “Ugly Foot” or “Hobbit Foot,” researchers say the feathered specimen offers long-sought clues to the evolutionary path of birds.
The Patient Had Bone Cancer. The Diagnosis Arrived 240 Million Years Too Late.
The fossil of an ancient animal teaches a sad lesson: Cancer has been around for a very, very long time.