Urban Bird Feeders Are Changing the Course of Evolution
More than 50 million Americans are conducting an unwitting experiment on a vast scale.
Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?
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?
A New Way to Find the Tree of Life’s Missing Branches
Scientists have devised a method to sequence more microbes, more quickly, which could lead to a better understanding of the origin of complex life.
How Evolution Can Make Sense of the Stock Market
To help model complex and frequently erratic financial systems, some economists are turning to biology.
Stopping the Rise of Superbugs by Making Them Fight For Food
A new strategy prevents parasites from adapting to drugs by intensifying the competition between them.
Apparently This Is What a Swimming Dinosaur Looks Like
Its features are so strange that scientists originally thought it might be a fake.
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.