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Science

Pig-human heart transplants still have a long way to go

It’s a tempting solution with some big problems.

Opinion

Why knowing when Alzheimer’s starts could lead to new treatments

The “switch on” moment happens up to 25 years before any symptoms are displayed.

Science

200 years ago, this terror of the Amazon inspired the world’s first batteries

Electric eels don’t shock their prey to death; they just electrically stun it before attacking.

Mind and Body
Science

Octopus facts: 5 incredible tidbits you didn't know about the cephalopod

What octopuses eat depends on what species they are and where they live.

Mind and Body
Opinion

The supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy proves Einstein right

Here’s how over 300 astronomers captured the dazzling first image of Sagittarius A*, and why it matters.

Opinion
Science

Why scientists think physics could be in for a reckoning

The evidence seems to be growing that some new physics is needed.

Opinion
Science
Opinion
Opinion
Science

Real-life time travel hinges on this one controversial scientific theory

Time travel is full of contradictions, but one popular sci-fi concept could resolve them all.

Mind and Body
Science
Culture

Studio Ghibli films have a subversive message hiding in plain sight

Beneath the veneer of fantasy and cute creatures lies an important narrative.

Science
Science

A controversial discovery could reveal the last moments of the dinosaurs

Let’s take a look at what we know about this most important time in our planet’s history

Mind and Body

Barbell exercises might not work for everyone – here’s what to do instead

Barbell movements could actually place some people at greater risk of injury in some cases.