Bird Nests Used to Look More Like Fortresses

Which came first, the cup or the dome? Unlike the old chicken-versus-egg conundrum, this question appears to have an answer. A new study suggests...

Nerve cell miswiring linked to depression

Researchers have pinpointed a gene that keeps important brain cells in mice from crossing their wires, providing a possible link between brain wiring and...

The Plastic Tide

Estimates are currently at trillions of pieces and counting, with over 60 percent of the oceans being heavily contaminated with plastics. With each piece...

Lungs enlist immune cells to fight infections in capillaries

Immune cells in the lungs provide a rapid counterattack to bloodstream infections, a new study in mice finds. This surprising discovery pegs the lungs...

Trump Order Aims to Expand U.S. Offshore Drilling

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to extend offshore oil and gas drilling to areas that have been off limits,...

Portraits of Malaria

Images from Alor island, Indonesia; Pailin, Cambodia and Mae sot, ThailandA grandmother babysits her granddaughter while the girl’d mother, Blu Nay L'Paw, works as...

This Fantastic Idea for a Circular Runway Is Sadly Going Nowhere

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Building a new runway is often a tight squeeze....

Tokummia katalepsis: Cambrian Marine Predator Had More Than 50 Legs, Can Opener-Like Pincers

Paleontologists have uncovered a fossil species — named Tokummia katalepsis — that sheds light on the origin of Mandibulata (mandibulates), the most diverse and...

Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unravelling

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, suggests a huge assessment of the region. The warming...