Devah Pager, Who Documented Race Bias in Job Market, Dies at 46
Her research established that a white man, even if he had a felony conviction, fared better when applying for a job than a black man with no...
Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown
Three new genetic analyses lend detail, and mystery, to the arrival of prehistoric humans in the Western Hemisphere.
The Ecosystem in Immigrants’ Guts Is Shaped by the Place They Call Home
By studying the relationship among ethnicity, migration history and the digestive system’s microbiome, researchers hope to gain insights on health...
Climate Change and the Elections: Five Takeaways
Carbon taxes, renewable energy and climate bipartisanship were all on the ballot in various forms. Here's how they fared.
Trilobites: Breaking It Down Inside an MRI Scanner
Researchers got an inside look at beatboxers’ lips, mouths and throats as they performed.
Matter: In an Indonesian Jungle, Scientists Find the Oldest Figurative Art in the World
A cave drawing in Borneo is at least 40,000 years old, raising intriguing questions about creativity in ancient societies.
Three Deep Red States Vote to Expand Medicaid
Idaho, Nebraska and Utah are set to join 33 others that have already expanded the program under Obamacare to give free health coverage to most low...
Feature: What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?
New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine.
Kitty O’Neil, Stuntwoman and Speed Racer, Is Dead at 72
Her deafness was no hindrance as she broke the land-speed record for women, one highlight in a life in daredevilry. “Deaf people,” she said, “can...
ScienceTake: How the Jumping Spider Sees Its Prey
Researchers looked deep into the eyes of a predatory spider to learn what it was looking at.
How To Give a Spider An Eye Test
Jumping spiders have excellent vision. To test it, scientists use a special machine of which there are only two in the world.
Ruth Gates, Who Sought to Rescue Coral Reefs, Is Dead at 56
A marine biologist, Dr. Gates was on a mission to save the reefs from the deadening effects of warming water temperatures.