If it's both harmful and contagious, as research suggests, then a public health approach to the problem is warranted.
Advances in forensic science and robotics may help law enforcement analyze some of the country's 225,000 unprocessed rape kits.
A new model shows a possible end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in parts of Africa. How can models help lead to eradication — and what are the limits?
For centuries, farmers shared seeds to help each other subsist from year to year. Libraries are now reviving the practice.
Sometimes infecting volunteers with a disease can lead to new treatments. But how much risk and compensation is acceptable for those in poor nations?
As human population growth fuels the need for increased crop yields, researchers look to engineer plants that perform photosynthesis more efficiently.
Doctors and policymakers have been slow to endorse the treatment — a last line of defense against the superbug C. Diff. — even as many patients have embraced it.
Conservative groups are working hard to challenge the teaching of mainstream climate science in schools. In Florida, they've found a winning strategy.
Citizens and lawmakers need to be more proactive about setting the AI agenda — and doing so in a manner that includes the voices of the marginalized.
Research shows that while satire does carry some risks, it can be an effective tool for communication. Scientists are giving it a go.
As the number of direct-to-consumer diagnostic apps surge, the medical literature on them remains marred by confusing and contradictory information.
How an obscure Indiana public health official pioneered the campaign against tainted dairy products at the turn of the 20th century.
Excavating and studying human remains can be a delicate cultural dance. Researchers handling a Chilean specimen approached it with two left feet.
Journalists covering the supposed sonic attack have abandoned fundamental principles of sourcing, verification and fact-based reporting.
Every year, an untold number of patients undergo duplicate procedures — or fail to get them at all — because key pieces of their medical history are missing. Why?
Biology textbooks of yore were replete with ignorant classifications purporting to be scientific. But is avoiding the issue altogether the answer?
The practice has become synonymous with urban farming. But there are more energy-efficient alternatives, from raised beds to rooftop systems.
Earl Swift’s "Chesapeake Requiem" is unflinching about sea-level rise, but careful not to belittle the beliefs of those at the heart of the calamity.
Hucksters claim that drinking a few drops of hydrogen peroxide diluted in a glass of water will cure almost anything. How do they get away with it?
A self-help skeptic is confronted with evidence — anecdotal and scientific — that we may be able to think ourselves into a better place.