Changing Planet The Society for Conservation Biology’s North America Policy Program The world’s oceans are facing an unprecedented plastic crisis, and your morning routine may be inadvertently adding it.
Let's get to know the new species found in the past six years The World Wide Fund for Nature (also known as the World Wildlife Fund) released a new report detailing the new species discovered in the Eastern
Nearly three years after she was shot by Taliban gunmen, Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-teen activist Malala Yousafzai urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York last week to help millions
Researchers have revealed the Heartland Virus is Widespread in America Back in 2009, during the influenza pandemic, two people in Missouri came down with an illness. At first, this was thought to be a
What makes something smart? It can mean many things for many people. But the kind of smart I'm talking about is the smart that inspires, the smart that speaks to us and makes sense, the smart that allows
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was once considered a formidable candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, announced on Monday that he will quit the GOP race in the face of plummeting support
Many more lives are still at risk. We must seize the momentum, embrace ambition and move faster to end HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics. Not long ago, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria looked unstoppable.
A look at the spacecraft's first year studying the Martian atmosphere Today marks one year since NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission entered orbit around our planetary neighbor.
Photograph: PA Wire No, these aren’t robots. 84 image/jpeg http://media.guim.co.uk/201543b0bccfba144fcaa82e34af72fd6f125c14/0_1106_3500_2100/140.jpg 140 Photograph: P V Balcombe / Rex Features We haven’t
British scientists announced Friday that they had applied for permission to edit the DNA in human embryos, a controversial step that has provoked intense debate around the world. Kathy Niakan of The Francis
Honoring science's funniest research In 1990, as editor of a science magazine, Marc Abrahams encountered plenty of important research. He also saw lots of science that was just plain hilarious—but those
In this installment of NPR's series Inside Alzheimer's, we hear from Greg O'Brien about his decision to forgo treatment for another life-threatening illness. A longtime journalist in Cape Cod, Mass., was
Golf courses, landfills, and parka pockets become unlikely power sources with the advent of smarter solar. Breathtaking desert expanses of panels and mirrors mark solar energy's growth, but renewables'
It began in December at "the happiest place on earth": a measles outbreak that spread across the West, infecting more than 150 people. The eruption at Disneyland occurred 14 years after health officials
Someday, perhaps all of medicine will be reducible (like most things) to a set of algorithms and doctors will be replaced by computers. But we are still far from achieving anything approaching this level
As a physician in Oregon, I have seen the dire effect of assisted-suicide laws on patients and my profession. Since the voters of Oregon narrowly legalized physician-assisted suicide 20 years ago, there
With deaths from antibiotic resistance far outstripping even those of epidemics such as Ebola, scientists are desperate to discover new classes of antibiotics Off the coast of California, nearly 20,000
Before it can reach its full potential, it has to become more precise Tania Swain got bad news: her ovarian cancer had come back. This was in November 2013; almost three years before, Swain, who is herself
Weakened form of polio from childhood immunisations lived on in subject’s gut, mutating into a strain which could cause paralysis in the unvaccinated A British man with an immune deficiency has been shedding