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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.

There’s good news and bad news.

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.

Scientists may soon be able to monitor whole ecosystems in real time.

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.

New research suggests hypervelocity stars are runaways from another galaxy.

Emphasizing the way scientific findings play out in people’s everyday lives could help.

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.

How some media outlets magnified the problems with a controversial new paper

Iranian scientists have been a major boon to everything from Mars exploration to Ebola-fighting to advanced mathematics.