An Astonishing Video Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time
The video is grainy, blobular, and dark, but for a molecule-scale movie, it is remarkably clear. You can see CRISPR, in real time, cleaving a strand of DNA in two.
Will the World’s Most Worrying Flu Virus Go Pandemic?
There’s good news and bad news.
The Science Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile
Leonardo da vinci liked to think that he was as good at engineering as he was at painting, and though this was not actually the case (nobody was as good at engineering as he was at painting), the basis for his creativity was an enthusiasm for interweaving diverse disciplines. With a passion both playful and obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, mechanics, art, music, optics, birds, the heart, flying machines, geology, and weaponry. He wanted to know everything there was to know about everything that could be known. By standing astride the intersection of the arts and the sciences, he became history’s most creative genius.
The Golden Age of Animal Tracking
Scientists may soon be able to monitor whole ecosystems in real time.
What Lies Beneath
Buried deep under an island in the Baltic, the world’s first permanent nuclear-waste repository is nearing completion. If all goes according to plan, future generations may not know it’s there.
The Milky Way’s Fastest Stars Might Be Stolen
New research suggests hypervelocity stars are runaways from another galaxy.
The Challenge of Fighting Mistrust in Science
Emphasizing the way scientific findings play out in people’s everyday lives could help.
The Case Against Reality
A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.
No, We Can’t Say Whether Cancer Is Mostly Bad Luck
How some media outlets magnified the problems with a controversial new paper
Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Already Harming American Science
Iranian scientists have been a major boon to everything from Mars exploration to Ebola-fighting to advanced mathematics.