An invasive fly could mean the loss of bird species on the Galápagos Islands. To save them, scientists may introduce another invasive insect.
By Jeremy Rehm
They’re less toxic than traditional cigarettes but still addictive and not without their own health risks. Researchers disagree on whether vaping can help or harm efforts to reduce tobacco use.
First came fugu. Then he took a bite out of sharks. Now a pioneer in genome research helps lead the effort to sequence every lineage of vertebrates.
From rocket thrusters to shoe soles, additive technologies expand their sights
By taking advantage of differing circadian rhythms in healthy cells and tumors, researchers hope to add a powerful new tool for treating the disease.
By Elie Dolgin
The idea of a multiverse — multiple realms of space differing in basic properties of physics — bugs some scientists. Others find it a real possibility that should not be ignored.
By Tom Siegfried
Farmers are recommitting themselves to animal welfare, and that might help the planet, too
The theory of “pebble accretion” explains how infant worlds got so big so quickly
Global warming and agricultural runoff have driven the loss of oxygen in oceans around the world, with looming ecological consequences.
By Ramin Skibba
Materials that manipulate light and sound in ways not seen in nature may be ready for prime time, improving imaging and communications
By Ashley Yeager
Batteries are the weak link for wearable and implantable devices. But what if you could harvest energy from the heat, sweat or vibrations of the wearer?
Artificial lights spell darker times for much of the planet’s wildlife — but it doesn’t have to be that way
Despite numerous studies and 30-plus genomes under their belts, scientists are still struggling to nail down the defining traits of these tall, long-lived, woody plants
How the body’s own defense cells can be turned into tiny, programmable assassins to battle cancers and other disorders
Passing chunks of ice can fertilize ocean waters and play a role in the planet’s carbon cycle
By Lindzi Wessel
Beginning in its bleak borderlands, the country launched an official — and broadly influential — effort to improve food and lifestyle choices, using everything from cozy fireside chats and reality TV shows to laws and incentives.
Ten years after an influential book proposed ways to work with — not against — the irrationalities of human decision-making, practitioners have refined and broadened this gentle tool of persuasion
In the US, where political parties have increasingly staked claims on one side of the issue or the other, beliefs may be more about belonging than facts
Fat buildup in the body’s filter organ can lead to scarring and worse. In step with obesity and diabetes, incidence is on the rise and a race for a cure is on.
Colliding neutron stars sent out a gravitational wave as well as new clues about where gold, platinum and other atoms are forged.
Advances in the lab are adding variety, efficiency and precision to age-old brewing traditions
As world food needs rise, so does the need for faster, more efficient plant growth. Bypassing an error-prone enzyme is one way to do it.
The world’s earliest aeronauts possess a panoply of adaptations to help them navigate the skies.
The mass die-offs of Earth’s past may hold clues to our future
Our bodies and abilities deteriorate with age, and sight is no exception. Physical changes to the visual system cloud it in multiple ways.
Harnessing the power of sham therapies for real healing might require a new lexicon
A summary of “Update on Alzheimer’s Disease Therapy and Prevention Strategies” by W. Vallen Graham and coauthors, in the 2017 issue of the Annual Review of Medicine
Once rare, sensitivity to the legume is now the most common cause of fatal allergic reactions to foods. New therapies might help.
The dark side of “service with a smile”