To understand what might be lost, ecologist Janet K. Jansson taps molecular methods to explore Earth’s underground microbes, from the permafrost to the grasslands
How a positive outlook may buffer us from stress and ward off health problems
Feeding the planet — now and tomorrow — is no small task. Plant biologist Pamela Ronald says sustainability means using every tool in the toolbox.
Earth-friendly certifications and standards abound for products like coffee, chocolate and palm oil. But do the programs work?
Recognizing the important role of children as cultural translators
A look inside the brains of engineered mice suggests therapies might need to target two key proteins — tau and amyloid-beta — at the same time
Ancient rocks suggest that ice entirely covered our planet on at least two occasions. This theory may help explain the rise of complex life that followed.
Archaeology of the Nazi era is about digging for truth through science. Reinhard Bernbeck discusses the origins and ethics of this approach.
The only way for humanity to solve its environmental problems may be to abandon our quest for continual economic expansion. It’s time to study what a future of degrowth might look like, some researchers say.
Retirement is a time for spending, not saving. And yet many people hold on to their wealth. Understanding why, and where that money ends up, is of increasing importance as the US population ages.
Take a group of random citizens, give them the facts and let thoughtful discussion unfold
The cryobank is a rich source of genetic knowledge of hundreds of creatures. It may one day be used to bring endangered species back from the brink and deepen the gene pool of wild populations.
From identity to national politics, gastronomical conversations can reflect who we are, and who we are not
Marco Sardiello explains how problems with the cell’s lysosomes lead to disease
By decoding brain activity with electrical implants, computers can help disabled people move a robotic arm — or their own
Being bilingual benefits children as they learn to speak — and adults as they age
The giant genomes of these struggling amphibians tell a story of outsider invasions, assault by disease and cross-species sex. A geneticist explains.
Economist Antoinette Schoar and colleagues found that middle-class homebuyers had more to do with 2008’s real estate crash than the less-wealthy consumers usually blamed for it.