The Cascading Consequences of the Worst Disease Ever
Nature is clearly in crisis—but what do researchers do when they only have imperfect data on the extent of the losses?
The New Coronavirus Is a Truly Modern Epidemic
New diseases are mirrors that reflect how a society works—and where it fails.
The New Video of One of the Scariest Places on Earth
For the first time, scientists have a clear view of the line where the giant Thwaites Glacier is leaking water into the ocean.
The Deceptively Simple Number Sparking Coronavirus Fears
Here’s what the oft-cited R0 number tells us about the new outbreak—and what it doesn’t.
The Biggest Celestial Event of the Year Could Happen Tomorrow
… or, well, maybe not for 100,000 years
How Did Humans Boil Water Before the Invention of Pots?
Roasting would have been easy. But re-creating the paleo way of boiling water requires a bit more imagination.
The Survival Advantage of Being a Fancy Baby Coot
Unlike many other gaudy animal ornaments, the red-and-orange heads of coot chicks are honest indicators of weakness and vulnerability.
History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin
It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable.
A ‘Mic Drop’ on a Theory of Language Evolution
Linguists now think our ancestors might have been chattering away for ages longer than they previously believed.