Science gets better and better at decoding people's genomes … which might be bad news for people who bought into 23andMe too early.
Try the turkey tetrazzini, skip the ice cream, and don’t miss your chance to steal the commander’s shrimp cocktail.
We sifted through dozens of new books released in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Here are the giant leaps for lunar literature.
From the beaches of Florida and department store TVs to mission control and Parisian living rooms, everyone witnessed the mission's launch and landing.
Today’s challenges are vast and nebulous—and demand a different kind of ambition and approach. We need a new name for them.
What scientists most want to know about our closest planetary neighbor.
The earliest days of American human spaceflight were dominated by white Christian protestants. Does religion have a place in the future of space exploration?
The company still hopes to send two astronauts to the International Space Station this year but says the goal will be “increasingly difficult” to reach.
Armed with the right materials, Martian colonizers could unlock frozen carbon dioxide beneath its surface, making the Red Planet warm enough to support life.
This Prime Day, some Amazon workers are striking. But the company can't just automate its labor problems away.
Einstein’s theory of gravity and modern particle physics both rely on the idea of symmetry. But physicists are now wondering if symmetry has much more to offer.
In the forever war between the Big Easy and the deluge, engineering keeps coming up short. Climate change is making it worse.
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Serve speeds have been climbing for decades—topping out at 163.7 mph. Here’s how players store all that energy in their bodies to release it in a coordinated strike.
Surges of polluted water have decimated crab, oyster, and shrimp populations and killed hundreds of dolphins. To fishermen, Tropical Storm Barry is very bad news.
There’s a strong chance your aging dog will get cancer—but your pupper could also help humans survive it.
A material that effectively splits a photon in two is one way scientists are trying to increase solar cells’ efficiency beyond what they’d thought possible.
How one scientist started with a butt plug from Amazon and ended up inventing an “anal pneumatic base” to measure orgasms.
Richard Branson's air-launch system is getting very close to opening for business after successfully completing one of its last big tests.
Opinion: Smartphone interfaces train our motions, closing the gap between our bodies and our virtual selves. But what does that mean when our movements are choreographed by corporate interests?
The viral video of BowlBot 5000 throwing a strike inspires great physics questions, even if robots aren't yet coming for our bowling alleys.
These lentil-sized pellets are used to make nearly all plastic goods. But they often escape and end up polluting oceans and coastal communities.
Quick experiments can help you answer the eternal question of whether to wear black or white on hot summer days. Turns out, it's complicated.
Figuring out trees' net emissions is becoming an urgent priority as countries and companies adopt tree-planting programs to offset their carbon footprints.
Generating clean energy is easy. Getting the transmission lines to pipe it to the cities is the hard part.
Remember the Dress? That viral image revealed some of the oddness of color vision. Now scientists are finding more quirks in how people see faces.
The first worldwide effort to measure all forms of pollution is calculating staggering numbers on its human toll.
Extreme heat, hailstorms, and monstrous floods have made for an intense summer. But there's still more seasonal strangeness to come.
A tick best known for making people allergic to red meat can also infect its victims with the deadly Bourbon virus.
The discovery of an unlikely relationship between melting sea ice and magnets could help scientists produce better models of the global climate.
NASA's Europa mission is struggling, but scientists are keeping the dream alive with exotic approaches to sampling that moon and its mysterious ocean.
Eclipse chasers plan for months for the jaw-dropping spectacle of a total solar eclipse. But when totality hits, even the ultra-prepared can end up scrambling.
Even the best TVs fall short of capturing all the colors in fireworks that humans can perceive.
Ion propulsion is a fantastical new way to power robots by accelerating ions instead of burning fuel or spinning rotors.
Opinion: The once-revolutionary space agency is being upstaged by unapologetic capitalists. Here's how it can reclaim its relevance.
Europe's record-breaking heat wave serves as a warning of just how dangerous high temperatures can be.
At less than a quarter inch across, the magnetically activated robot manipulates water flow to in turn manipulate objects.
SpaceX recovered its first fairing last week after a Falcon Heavy launch. Here's how to estimate the challenge faced by Ms. Tree, the retrieval boat.
Eclipse-chasing scientists are gathered in South America for the total solar eclipse on July 2. Here's what they're hoping to see.
Ion beams and special x-rays mean that ever-smaller slivers of material can be scanned without destroying the surrounding rock.
The Experimental Lakes Area is a one-of-a-kind platform for potentially testing how omnipresent microplastics are stressing ecosystems.