Archivo: The Atlantic

More than 50 million Americans are conducting an unwitting experiment on a vast scale.

Three billion more middle-class appetites. How can they possibly be satisfied? But that is only part of the question. The full question is: How can we provide for everyone without making the planet uninhabitable?

Scientists have devised a method to sequence more microbes, more quickly, which could lead to a better understanding of the origin of complex life.

To help model complex and frequently erratic financial systems, some economists are turning to biology.

A new strategy prevents parasites from adapting to drugs by intensifying the competition between them.

Its features are so strange that scientists originally thought it might be a fake.

What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost?

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.