A Celebrated Physicist With a Passion for Music
Fabiola Gianotti, the first woman to direct CERN, dreamed of becoming a ballerina, studied piano, but ultimately chose a career in science.
Nakesha Williams Died Homeless on a Manhattan Street. Should She Have Been Forced Into Treatment?
The Times’s story about a woman crippled by mental illness left many readers asking what could have been done under the law. An expert on...
Trilobites: The Cells That Eat, Regurgitate and Eat Your Tattoos Again
In a study of mice, scientists learned that macrophages are key to making tattoos permanent, knowledge that might help improve methods for removing...
A Secret Superpower, Right in Your Backyard
Small, urban green spaces provide an unexpected benefit in the fight against climate change, a new study shows.
Google Researchers Are Learning How Machines Learn
So-called neural networks have greatly advanced artificial intelligence. But understanding how computers make their decisions can be difficult.
Trilobites: How the Shape of Your Ears Affects What You Hear
We’re able to locate sound because our brains grasp the shape of our ears. When that shape changes, we need time and practice to adapt.
ScienceTake: These Spiders Hunt Their Own Kind
Researchers have identified 18 previously unknown species of Pelican spiders in Madagascar.
Pelican Spiders, Ancient Assassins That Eat Their Own Kind
Once thought extinct, pelican spiders have been found alive and thriving in Madagascar, South Africa and Australia.
U.N. Chief Picks a Very Rich New Yorker (Not Named Trump) for Climate Job
António Guterres has appointed Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, to be his special envoy for climate action.
Can This Judge Solve the Opioid Crisis?
The Ohio federal judge overseeing hundreds of opioid lawsuits wants a swift settlement with solutions. But first he must tame skeptical legal lions.
Mind: Bring Back the Asylums? Critics Fear a New Wave of Abuse
There are far too few psychiatric beds in the United States, researchers agree. But debate rages over what to do with those who require long-term...
Trilobites: This Hummingbird Chirps Like an Insect. Can It Hear Its Own Sound?
A South American hummingbird’s noise is well above the normal hearing range of most birds, perhaps to stand out amid the din of other species in...