Science

Climate Crisis
Blowin' in the wind

How falling seeds inspired the world's smallest flying robot

Reel Science

The most epic sci-fi apocalypse movie on HBO Max reveals a real-world threat

This science-fiction classic made history when it debuted in 2004.

Culture

Why American environmentalism gets it wrong

Why it’s so marginal to so many.

Culture

Climate crisis: 5 difficult changes the NFL needs to make ASAP

The impacts of climate change have undeniably worsened in recent years, converging in a cluster of disasters each summer and fall — also known as prime football time.

Check, Please!

Are hot dogs bad for you? The truth behind the controversial report

A study looked at over 5,000 foods to determine how they might positively or negatively impact health and the environment. The news isn't good for hot dogs.

don't call it a comeback

After 10,000 years of extinction, this is when woolly mammoths will walk the Earth again

A new biotechnology company, Colossal, wants to bring back the mammoth in just six years. But moving this quickly could have more consequences than benefits.

slip-and-slide

Leaf-inspired material could solve a major drinking water problem

Scientists find inspiration in an unlikely place.

Survival of the Fittest

4 ways the climate crisis is causing animals to ‘shapeshift’

Scientists explain the bizarre ways animal bodies adapt to a warming world.

Be prepared

Buy or die: 27 prepper items you need to survive the apocalypse

It’s easier than ever to prep. You don’t need a membership to a warehouse store to buy a pallet’s worth of canned beans. You need only Amazon Prime.

Adaptation

These 5 resilient cities can teach us how to survive the climate crisis

These cities can teach other urban spaces how to move forward.

How to Save a Planet

To avoid catastrophe, this shocking amount of fossil fuels must stay in the ground

Scientists stress 60 percent of oil and fossil methane gas and 90 percent of coal must stay in the ground to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 °C.

Culture

Why this type of bike has an unfair reputation

Electronic bikes are better than their reputation among mountain bikers might suggest.

Nature walk
Feasts with Friends

Bloodsucking bats have one thing in common with humans

These blood-sucking creatures get by with a little help from their friends.

Survival of the Fittest

4 ways the climate crisis is causing animals to ‘shapeshift’

Scientists explain the bizarre ways animal bodies adapt to a warming world.

Adaptation

These 5 resilient cities can teach us how to survive the climate crisis

These cities can teach other urban spaces how to move forward.

How to Save a Planet

To avoid catastrophe, this shocking amount of fossil fuels must stay in the ground

Scientists stress 60 percent of oil and fossil methane gas and 90 percent of coal must stay in the ground to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 °C.

Wild Weed

Why illegal cannabis farms are a lethal threat to wildlife

Scientists reveal the hidden environmental repercussions of illegal cannabis farms.

Storm Surge

Hurricane Ida and climate change: Scientists explain the deadly connection

Plus four things cities must do to prepare for future superstorms.

How to Save a Planet

These 12 places could be the key to saving the planet — study

To save the planet, we need to think more strategically, experts say.

Climate Crisis

UN climate report: 3 big findings you need to know ASAP

There’s no use sugarcoating it: the report’s findings are urgently dire.

Science

This tree could be key to saving the Earth — if we can regrow it right

They’re sponges for greenhouse gases — but replanting after disaster has been difficult.

Toxic

This type of cannabis can suck "forever chemicals" out of the ground

How the Micmac nation, scientists, and activists teamed up to eradicate PFAS.

Climate crisis

Amazon rainforest: The 2 actions that could reverse a terrible, growing trend

How the world's "lungs" became a massive polluter.

Ancient Stoners

Scientists discover the ancient birthplace of marijuana

The origin story of cannabis is wilder than you think.

LIFE IN SPACE
Innovation

SpaceX Starship: This new hurdle stands between Musk and his Mars City

SpaceX's under-development rocket is designed to take humans to Mars. When it will do so is another question.

searching...

Scientists identify two galaxies that could be home to hyper-advanced alien life

Two of the galaxies they searched in had some unusual activity.

This week in science

La Palma volcanic eruption and more: Understand the world through 8 images

Innovation

Crew Dragon: Former project lead reveals stark differences between SpaceX and NASA

Astronaut Garrett Reisman, who helped develop SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, also has experience of working with NASA.

Artistic Endeavors

SpaceX's Inspiration4 crew rekindles a centuries-old artistic debate

Expedition artists were important cultural figures in the golden age of exploration. Do we need to bring them back to document the final frontier?

Innovation

Inspiration4: Incredible video shows landmark moment on SpaceX Crew Dragon

SpaceX's human-carrying capsule packs a fascinating new feature, and the Inspiration4 crew took it for a spin.

cosmic mystery

A strange void found in space could solve an enduring mystery

This void spans across nearly 500 light years.

Making tracks

VIPER: Why the Moon rover’s mission is vital for future space exploration

NASA has selected the landing site for its VIPER rover.

bummer

Was Mars ever habitable? A new study sheds light on the planet's past

Despite ongoing efforts to find ancient life on Mars, Martian meteorites tell a different story.

Innovation

Terraform Mars: After Inspiration4, Elon Musk hints at his long-term goal

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reiterated his support for terraforming Mars, as part of his long-term goal to make humanity into a multi-planetary species.

Innovation

Inspiration4: History’s first all-civilian space mission in 20 images

Luxury Spaceflight

SpaceX: After Inspiration4, Elon Musk hints at Starlink upgrade for Dragon

SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission has returned to Earth, and Elon Musk has ideas for how to improve the capsule for next time.

all science stories
Feasts with Friends

Bloodsucking bats have one thing in common with humans

These blood-sucking creatures get by with a little help from their friends.

searching...

Scientists identify two galaxies that could be home to hyper-advanced alien life

Two of the galaxies they searched in had some unusual activity.

This week in science

La Palma volcanic eruption and more: Understand the world through 8 images

Canine Psych 101

Why do dogs wag their tails? It’s not just because they’re excited

This common behavior reveals fascinating details about your dog's state of mind.

Science

Another Planet 9? Earth's twin may be hiding in the outer Solar System

A recent review paper looks at our early Solar System and finds a now-missing sibling.

Artistic Endeavors

SpaceX's Inspiration4 crew rekindles a centuries-old artistic debate

Expedition artists were important cultural figures in the golden age of exploration. Do we need to bring them back to document the final frontier?

cosmic mystery

A strange void found in space could solve an enduring mystery

This void spans across nearly 500 light years.

Making tracks

VIPER: Why the Moon rover’s mission is vital for future space exploration

NASA has selected the landing site for its VIPER rover.

bummer

Was Mars ever habitable? A new study sheds light on the planet's past

Despite ongoing efforts to find ancient life on Mars, Martian meteorites tell a different story.

Innovation

Inspiration4: History’s first all-civilian space mission in 20 images

Unidentified

Congress quietly wants to create a new UFO office

Two bills in Congress could expand the UAP task force, or set up a permanent office to study sightings of these unknown objects.

Space monkey

Human space travel owes everything to one forgotten creature

The Aerobee-19 rocket launch proved it was possible to send animals to space and bring them back alive.