Raw Data: Humankind’s Existentially Lucky Numbers
Bump the dials just barely on figures like alpha’s value or the mass of the Higgs boson, and nothing like our universe could exist....
New NASA images show the surface of Saturn’s moon Dione
NASA has released stunning new images of Saturn’s moon Dione. The images of the icy moon were taken during a June 16 flyby which took NASA’s...
A body was found hidden beneath a remarkable 17th-century corpse
Peder Winstrup is remarkably well-preserved for a man who died in 1679, and while researchers expected the mummified corpse of the former bishop of...
Effects of Climate Change Could Cost Billions, E.P.A. Report Says
The report, issued by the E.P.A. and the White House, calculated the cost of the damage from rising sea levels and economic losses caused by...
Matter: Picture This? Some Just Can’t
Aphantasia, the inability to summon up mental images, is a little-known condition on the verge of wider study.
Mending Hearts: Putting Stents to the Test
Cardiologists often treat angina by opening arteries with stents, but drug therapy may be more effective.
Q&A: The Inevitability of Yellow Teeth
In addition to external factors like drinking coffee and smoking, there are at least two structural changes that contribute to discoloration....
Giant 'walking bat' once prowled rainforest floors
About 16 million years ago, a giant bat used all four of its limbs to stalk around the subtropical rainforest of modern-day New Zealand, a new...
Tunneling cryobot robot may explore icy moons
A robotic "cryobot," designed to tunnel down through thick ice caps and penetrate subterranean seas, is undergoing tests on the Matanuska glacier...
ScienceTake: What Glows in the Dark and Dispenses Cyanide?
Certain species of millipedes do, first to warn off predators and then, if necessary, to dispense with them.
Lasers, Magnetism Allow Glimpses of the Human Brain at Work
To the untrained eye, it looked like a seismograph recording of a violent earthquake or the gyrations of a very volatile day on Wall Street —...
Frederick P. Li, Who Proved a Genetic Cancer Link, Dies at 75
Dr. Li helped show a skeptical medical establishment that a dominant gene, passed from parent to child, was predisposing family members to various...