Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science Sponges are animals that do incredible impressions of inanimate objects. They have no nervous, digestive, or circulatory systems. They have no symmetry—no
An alien on Earth This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule.
Research has found a Brazilian wasp’s venom could destroy tumours of leukaemia, prostate and bladder cancer without harming healthy tissue The venom of the Brazilian wasp Polybia paulista contains a powerful
The thin green line Wildfires are devastating North American forests this summer. Dry, hot weather has pushed millions of acres of trees past their breaking (burning?) point. And while firefighters from
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered why TNT is so toxic to plants and intend to use this knowledge to tackle the problem of cleaning up the many sites worldwide contaminated by the commonly
Farm dust acts on cells in the lungs Kids who grow up on farms are far less likely to develop asthma or allergies compared with the average child — and now scientists think they know why. A study published
British company Haydale to work out how to use graphene to reduce the risk of damage to modern airliners from lightning strikes Graphene could soon be protecting airliners from lightning strikes, with
Central air? No Problem Termites get a bad reputation in the housing business. They are often looked at as signs of the domestic apocalypse, causing billions of dollars in damage to houses every year.
To repair, just add water A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday
Researchers have been working on creating self-healing materials for a while now, and if you look around YouTube, you can find a handful of videos of them in action. But this week a research team described
If you want to boil the climate crisis down to one simple problem, it’s this: there’s too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere these days. Here's the skinny: CO2 traps heat. There’s about 40 percent of