Meant to punish or protect, social isolation in prison creates a ripple of unintended effects on the psyche
A slumber researcher explains why getting enough z’s is crucial to your health
Other therapies, more training, a new mindset: Can doctors bring relief to patients without putting them at risk for addiction?
Sure they cause disease, but the microbes can be a help as well. Witness long-lasting pepper seeds, drought-resistant crop plants and even our own placentas.
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.
Genetic advances may make it possible to grow transplantable tissues in other species. That could solve immunity and availability issues, but raises ethical concerns.
They're a common index of technological creativity, but research finds they can impede rather than encourage it
A “policy physicist” explores practical ways to sniff out uranium processing from afar
How the body’s own defense cells can be turned into tiny, programmable assassins to battle cancers and other disorders
Countermarketing succeeds by exposing the motives behind the advertising of unhealthy products. It worked for teen smoking — could it do the same for junk food?
How we want to be perceived influences how we act, and that presents persuasion opportunities. But the social factors involved are not easy to unravel.
Inform, incentivize, legislate: There’s a ladder of escalating approaches for changing citizens’ behavior — and nudges for every rung
Our mark on Earth is so profound that some argue it’s time to bid goodbye to the current geological time period — the Holocene — in favor of a new one: the Anthropocene.
Fossilized remains of children have a lot to tell us about their short lives
Researchers are finally getting the tools to understand just how the microbial communities in and on our bodies affect health. But there are many mysteries left to solve — and many technological challenges.
Thinking of others enhances your well-being, while selfishness just adds to stress, studies show
A solid-waste specialist offers ways to halt the plague of pollutants choking the seas
Just how partisan is the press, and should the public be worried?