Trilobites: Something’s Brewing in the Lab: Beer Without Hops
Growing the small, green flowers is resource-intensive, and farmers can’t keep up. So scientists engineered yeast to produce the bitter, citrusy,...
Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies in Kenya
Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.
Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor
The honor, regarded by some as a Nobel Prize of mathematics, recognizes work on a “grand unified theory” to connect different areas of mathematics.
Canada’s Outdoor Rinks Are Melting. So Is a Way of Life.
Canada loves its ice, and outdoor hockey is part of the nation's cultural identity. So what happens when winters get too warm for backyard rinks?
‘We’re Losing the Fight’: Tuberculosis Batters a Venezuela in Crisis
The disease, which until recently seemed to be under control in Venezuela, is making an aggressive comeback in the nation, overwhelming its broken...
Profiles in Science: David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone
The geneticist at Harvard Medical School has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient people. His findings trace the prehistoric migrations of our...
ScienceTake: The Amazing Metabolism of Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds have several tricks to survive with a super-high metabolism on a diet of nectar.
How Hummingbirds Cheat Death
A hovering hummingbird burns energy faster than any other bird or mammal — and it often lives just hours from starvation.
She Was the Only Woman in a Photo of 38 Scientists, and Now She’s Been Identified
At a whale biology conference in 1971, one attendee was photographed but not named. Internet sleuths tracked her down.
The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data
At a cost of $1.4 billion, the N.I.H.’s All of Us program may help scientists discover new links between diseases, genes and lifestyle. But the...
Built to Flood: As Harvey Raged, Their Homes Were Swamped on Purpose. Six months later, they face a terrible choice.
A Texas suburb was intentionally flooded to save the city of Houston. We followed homeowners as they decided whether to cut their losses or rebuild.
Take This App and Call Me in the Morning
A new category of prescription medical treatments, what executives call digital therapeutics, comes in the form of mobile apps.