The idea that language shapes our ability to think fell out of favor in the 1960s, but new tools have some researchers revisiting the concept.
It can be difficult for global platforms like Facebook to consistently rebuild trust when attitudes toward privacy vary so widely across the globe.
An overemphasis on blood testing and case management for even low exposures is draining resources and ignoring the real need: Removing lead paint.
Two centuries after the disease was discovered, its causes remain elusive. Now a European lab has a novel approach: a vast (and growing) map of everything we know.
Long ignored by white archaeologists as a mere footnote, modern scientists are now racing to document what's left of the ancient African civilization.
We only need to look to the Mediterranean Sea and the North American Great Lakes for dramatic illustrations of what lies in store if we don’t act now.
The shield that protects life and civilization from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can't prevent it, but we ought to prepare.
While some claim we’re living in peaceful times, the Doomsday Clock ticks on. Two anthropologists get to the bottom of this contradiction.
In 1973, a toxic chemical was mixed into tons of farm feed, sickening livestock and exposing millions of Michiganders. Should later generations worry?
Too often, a medical treatment can make matters worse. A bizarre epidemic in 1960s Japan should have set off alarms around the world.
Nautilus, the luxe online and print magazine covering science and ideas, has struggled to pay its writers. Now those writers are striking back.
Camp DASH was supposed to be a gold-standard study of diet-mitigated hypertension in adolescents. Instead, it became a venue for chaos.
Damming rivers may seem like a clean and easy solution for Albania and other energy-hungry countries. But the devil is in the details.
Wild poliovirus clings to a tenuous existence in areas like those haunted by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, where eradication is costly, dangerous, and urgent.
Psychologists have long theorized that Chinese people experience their emotions more physically than other cultures. What does that say about me?
An innovation aimed at helping premature babies survive spurred wild, dystopian speculation — and left both physiology and technology in the dust.
The managers of the nation’s wild places were already in the throes of a climate-driven identity crisis when Trump was elected. Where to from here?
A star New York Times reporter was hired by the Manhattan Project to be its chronicler and cheerleader. The ethical debate continues to this day.
Millions of Americans languish with elusive or poorly understood diseases. New genetic research — and some humility from doctors — might help.
A century ago, a wondrous substance promised to cure disease and revolutionize consumer goods. Then young workers started falling horribly ill.