A few hours here, a few hours there. At home, or somewhere else. Alternative work can be a great deal or it can leave you unprotected, as management scholar Lindsey Cameron explains in a Q&A.
By Bob Holmes
From the boardroom to the basketball court, some managers rely on berating and bullying employees. Researchers have learned one thing: It doesn’t work.
A mysterious kidney disease is just one of the many health risks faced by immigrant laborers. In a Q&A, occupational health expert Marc Schenker discusses the hazards and a few potential solutions.
Three years since New Horizons’ pioneering flyby, scientists consider how the probe has revolutionized our understanding of the dwarf planet’s atmosphere and mega-seasons
Geologists explore the rise of the Andes, whose high-altitude peaks and plateau alter global climate.
By Alexandra Witze
The feisty orange-black butterfly uses a toolbox of biological tricks to find its way down to Mexico for winter and flap north again in spring. Here’s how scientists figured out those tricks — and what they don’t yet understand.
Story by Tim Vernimmen and Illustrated by Maki Naro
Meant to punish or protect, social isolation in prison creates a ripple of unintended effects on the psyche
The use of raw materials and production of waste rise with development around the world
Other therapies, more training, a new mindset: Can doctors bring relief to patients without putting them at risk for addiction?
By Ricki Rusting
From rocket thrusters to shoe soles, additive technologies expand their sights
By M. Mitchell Waldrop
Long a paradigm of how a faulty gene can cause disease, CF is now treated by leading-edge therapies targeting specific mutations
Cells build an elegant, symmetrical structure. How they do it is intriguing on its own, but recent insights could also help explain some developmental disorders.
Lattes today, hot dogs tomorrow? Why health warnings in California crop up in many — and sometimes surprising — places and why you should care
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.
By Viviane Callier
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.
The theory of “pebble accretion” explains how infant worlds got so big so quickly
A satellite image reveals how humans and their herds are changing the Arctic from the ground up
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
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
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
Do forests warm or cool the Earth? What’s their effect on global climate change? A comic narrated by polymath Benjamin Franklin describes the evolution of thought on this issue and what we still don’t know.
By Eryn Brown and Maki Naro
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.
By Emily Willingham
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
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?
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.
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.
Passing chunks of ice can fertilize ocean waters and play a role in the planet’s carbon cycle
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
A “policy physicist” explores practical ways to sniff out uranium processing from afar
Turbulence regenerates gust strength between turbines, influencing design of arrays that can pull energy from the sky
Engineers aim to build machines that put people at ease. The effort reveals truths about ourselves.