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.
The Wonder of Fire Without Gravity
It’s about to get lit on the International Space Station.
An Alarming Discovery in an Astronaut’s Bloodstream
A study has turned up a side effect of human spaceflight that no one had observed before.
Apes Might Know That You Don’t Know What They Know
The latest volley in a decades-long debate about apes’ theory of mind involved one scientist dressing up as King Kong and stealing from his colleague.
The Secret Identity of a Coyote-Like Creature
A photographer began shooting unusual-looking coyotes on Galveston Island. They turned out to be descended from a very rare wolf species.