A Metropolis of 200 Million Termite Mounds Was Hidden in Plain Sight
What amount to garbage piles — some are 4,000 years old — are spread over an area the size of Britain in a remote Brazilian forest.
Global Health: Why Don’t We Have Vaccines Against Everything?
Money is just the obvious obstacle. A few diseases, like H.I.V., so far have outwitted both the immune system and scientists.
11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Does the Universe Still Need Einstein?
Physicists are no longer unified in the search for a unified theory.
Science Times at 40: The Key to Stopping the Illegal Wildlife Trade: China
The country is a critical market for animal contraband. Some scientists fear the official commitment to conservation may be wavering.
A Conversation With: Steven Pinker Thinks the Future Is Looking Bright
The Harvard psychologist says he is no starry-eyed optimist. It’s just that the data don’t lie.
Science Times at 40: Survivor
A story of mass extinctions.
11 THINGS We’d Really like to know: How Can We Unleash the Immune System?
Although immunotherapy can work wonders for cancer, it does not help everyone, side effects can be fierce, and costs are high. But the field is young.
11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Where’s Our Warp Drive to the Stars?
Physicists haven’t given up on the dream of zipping around the universe. Now they’ve come up with a far-out idea for making it happen.
11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Will We Survive Climate Change?
Possibly. There is ‘no scientific support for inevitable doom,’ one expert notes.
11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?
For better and worse, humans are only improving their ability to deceive themselves with technology.
11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Honestly, Some Questions Are Better Left Unanswered
Cat-poop coffee. Time travel. Alien messages. We should leave some mysteries alone.
Science Times at 40: Hope for the Great Apes, and Maybe for Us
Mountain gorillas are faring better. So what’s wrong with a little optimism?