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.
Why do studies of the effects of reproduction on a woman’s body come to such wildly different conclusions? We want the answer to be simple, but it isn’t.
A program tracking the health of North Korean refugees rests on the premise that someday, health care will once again be a shared responsibility.
Modern critics worry about the consequences of bringing extinct species back. The Nazis weren't so concerned in their quest to bring back the aurochs.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, teams of researchers are busy looking for the next deadly virus. The odds are not in their favor.
The mysterious affliction called PANDAS, in which children’s behavior changes after an illness, is scary, but is it real? Doctors are divided.
Leather processing is big business in Bangladesh, India, and other parts of the developing world, where regulations are lax and poisons run freely.
Mitochondrial replacement therapy has unlocked new possibilities for parents hoping to conceive. But some experts say things are moving too fast.