It's a big step forward for a controversial treatment. Ecstasy doesn’t sound like something you do in a doctor’s office. But the Food and Drug Administration wants that to change. The FDA just approved
Beams of light do not, generally speaking, bounce off each other like snooker balls. But at the high energies in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN they have just been observed doing exactly that Light
Technology is well on the way to realising ectogenesis, improving premature baby survival and increasing fertility options. But it also has other, more frightening, implications We are approaching a biotechnological
A stellar suspect in the mysterious beachings. The same phenomenon that creates the Northern Lights might also be confusing male sperm whales. In case you’ve forgotten already (really, how could you?),
Scientists are concerned some may go extinct before they can be studied. The Brazilian Amazon is so full of life that, on average, explorers are finding a new species of plant or animal every other day.
Is the future forward or backward? Left or right? Forget the gears of a watch. those collections of cogs and springs might help us track the passing hours, but the way we visualize tempo is far more nuanced.
Parasites such as lice and fleas are crucial to ecosystems, scientists say, and extinctions could lead to unpredictable invasions Climate change could wipe out a third of all parasite species on Earth,
Science Source/Getty Images Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story. The rock is a deep rusty red, shot through with gray stripes. It rises above shrubby tundra, part of a hummocky
Seashells, fish, and spiders may hold the key to better bulletproof vests. The animal kingdom is full of formidable armors. Some creatures don rigid shells or bony plates. Others favor a more flexible
Animals and plants may be living in warm caves under Antarctica's ice, according to a study. Australian researchers said that Mount Erebus, an active volcano on Antarctica's Ross Island, is surrounded
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched the Air Force’s super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Kennedy
LINCOLN, Mass. (AP) — A new report warns that more than 40 percent of the most common breeding species of birds in Massachusetts are considered “highly vulnerable” to climate change. The Mass Audubon of
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say one-third of the ice stored in Asia’s glaciers will be lost by the end of the century even if the world manages to meet its ambitious goal of keeping global warming below degrees
But no, they’re not about to go extinct. Bananas are serious business. Around the world, roughly 145 million tons of bananas are grown each year. In some areas, they are a staple food; in the East African
But they're still pretty gloomy. You wouldn’t think that the so-called gloomy octopus would be the stand-out socializer in its genus. Octopuses are notoriously bad at getting along with each other, and
Our immune systems aren’t perfect. The immune system is a complex beast. It often does a fantastic job of fighting dangerous pathogens, preventing microbes from infecting and harming you. But it’s not
A new prototype scout drone can be printed for less than the cost of the latest iPhone In three minutes, the Scout drone is assembled. One minute more, and it's airborne, tossed by a Marine. The flight
Magazine Here’s how researchers are rewiring the sense of touch in a paralyzed man. One man, one robotic arm, dozens of electrodes—these are the elements of a breakthrough experiment that’s restoring sense
Naledi Fossils Speaking live from South Africa, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger announced the discovery of bones he says belong to the species Homo naledi. A new trove of fossil bones found in a cramped
We're so close to the megazord of our dreams. Power Rangers had Megazord. Voltron had, well, Voltron. Individual robots that combine to form one larger, cooler—dare we say, more badass—automaton have a
Has the chilling threat of extinction worn off at last for the long-endangered snow leopard? Not exactly - but the iconic big cats' conservation status has been improved from "endangered" to "vulnerable".
Fishing eliminates most of the older fish, a new study finds, and the ecological implications are disturbing—but marine reserves can help. Humans are killing the oldest fish in the sea, a new study suggests.
New analysis suggests the gasoline engine may be like the horse-and-buggy a century ago: doomed to a rapid demise. Electric vehicles will one day push gas- or diesel-powered ones to the curb—but how soon?
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor. The giant vultures flap their wings and circle the
TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE, Mexico — As a child, Porfirio Gutiérrez hiked into the mountains above the village with his family each fall, collecting the plants they would use to make colorful dyes for blankets
Only nature can paint the gorgeous colors and patterns on a butterfly’s wings. But scientists said on Monday that they have mastered the first steps and hope in time to control the entire coloring system,
The biggest and the smallest of the world's animals are most at risk of dying out, according to a new analysis. Size matters when it comes to extinction risk, with vertebrates in the so-called "Goldilocks
Matternet’s new system will let hospitals quickly move samples to labs and get extra blood for emergencies. It’s the first of its kind operating in a dense, urban environment. When a hospital needs to