Is Gender Written Into Your Skeleton?
The study of human bones complicates a strict binary definition of sex.
The Incredible Shrinking Planet
Mercury has shriveled over billions of years, and it’s got the landforms to prove it.
The Pasta in Our Stars
Why scientists use gnocchi and lasagna to explain one of the most bizarre objects in the universe
Meet the Endoterrestrials
They live thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface. They eat hydrogen and exhale methane. And they may shape our world more profoundly than we can imagine.
Hubble’s Hardware Woes and the Painful Era of Aging Spacecraft
Four of NASA’s most recognizable missions are in “safe mode” or unable to communicate with Earth.
Why Men Sexually Harass Women
Men vastly outnumber women among sexual harassers. The reason has more to do with culture than with intrinsic maleness.
No One Knows Exactly What Would Happen If Mosquitoes Were to Disappear
A four-year experiment sets out to study the ecological consequences of a bold scheme to end malaria.
Geologists Are Feuding About the Collapse of Civilization
The year’s most acrimonious scientific fight is a mega-drama over a mega-drought.
When Shadows Are Not What They Seem
By picking up on patterns too subtle for humans to notice, non-line-of-sight imaging can see around corners and through walls