For residents, the recent earthquakes are a reminder that the state is always poised on the brink of disaster.
Many of the brightest, weirdest phenomena in space come from cataclysmic events like explosions or collisions. But many fast radio bursts (FRBs), one of the most mysterious space signals we've seen, must not. That might mean that they are all part of a class of FRB that we previously thought might be rare.
Although Einstein's theory of space-time seems more complicated than Newtonian physics, it greatly simplified the mathematical description of the universe.
Using some of the world's most advanced microscope technology, scientists have captured images of molecules changing their charge state in real time.
While scientists tossing around the idea of alien life may find a rapt public audience, they can also draw cynical, even hostile reactions from their fellow scientists.
How weather-prediction models improve — and why they haven't made the weatherman obsolete.
A amazing exhibit shows the power of mangroves for lessening the impact of storms.
Some of the best tennis players in the world have extremely fast serves — here's why the pros can react and you can't.
A turtle can’t crawl out of its shell. In fact, the shell is actually part of a turtle’s skeleton, as much of our ribcage is of ours. But if you could peer i...
Our species emerged as a result of a mind-bending number of random events and mutations, but it may also have been inevitable that humans, or something like us, would walk the Earth.
The University of Manchester’s Patrick Weltevrede writes about Peter Saville’s iconic pulsar design for Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” and what’s been discovered about the stellar remnant since 1979.
A sulphur-crested cockatoo named Snowball garnered YouTube fame and headlines a decade ago for his uncanny ability to dance to the beat of the Backstreet Boy...
The new Upgrade Labs facility has the gleaming white, spa-like aesthetic of your standard five-star hotel gym, but the front desk staff has you fill out a lengthy waiver before you enter. Personal trainers are called Biohacker Technicians.
An increasingly popular treatment called EMDR is bizarre to say the least. But mainstream psychologists are embracing it.
Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, first gained attention in 2014, when health officials noted a spike in the polio-like condition nationwide and began carefully documenting cases. Since then, health officials have seen a distinct every-other-year pattern to the illness.
In the Everglades, everything still looks the same. The waving saw grass, the cypress and pine trees draped with air plants, the high, white clouds parked like dirigibles above their shadows. But now there is also a weird quiet.
What our experiment in the desert taught us about social networks and human cooperation.
These figures were "adorned with glass eyes and human hair and can be dismembered into dozens of parts revealing, at the final remove, a beatific fetus curled in her womb."
By studying a swarm of flying midges as though it were a fluid, physicists have learned how collective behaviors might stabilize a group against environmental disruptions.
Europeans living today, in whatever country, are a varying mix of ancient bloodlines hailing from Africa, the Middle East and the Russian steppe.
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