Ticks are the ultimate vector of disease: tiny insects hauling a dizzying array of viruses and bacteria varying from continent to continent, and forest to...
Modern humans who do not have African ancestry can trace about two percent of their genome back to our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. Now a...
The brainy teenagers of Britain drink more and smoke cannabis at greater rates – but are less likely to pick up the cigarette habit, according to a new study...
The Human Parechovirus, one of the causes of the common cold, has been with us for a long time. It is one among many strains that make the rounds each autumn...
Humanity has trained its telescopic eye on a series of far-off planets beyond our solar system that could be just the right temperature and size to hold life,...
Researchers continue to look for painkiller substitutes amid the opioid epidemic, which is killing a growing numbers of thousands of Americans every year. The...
An artificial antioxidant that counteracts free radicals released from the mitochondria can be used to stave off natural aging, a group of Russian and Swedish...
A Chinese national who worked at a biopharmaceutical research facility in Kansas was convicted of conspiring to steal seeds of experimental rice, and send them...
A tiny oil-rich Middle Eastern nation is aiming to lead humanity beyond Earth – and settle Mars in the 22nd century, according to the monarchical society’s...
The DNA legacy of the first human settlers of the Americas has started to paint a complex picture of multiple waves of migration and genetic variation. Now it’...
Genetic engineering should be tightly controlled by stringent regulations – and should focus on treating disease, not enhancing the human species, according to...
Autism can be predicted in most infants through measurements of the brain, according to a groundbreaking new study. Bigger brains between the ages of 6 and 12...
Deep underground in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the search for the dark matter of the universe will soon begin. A new project by the U.S. Department of...
Hospital staff will tell you anecdotally that amid heavy snowstorms, they will see an uptick in heart attacks coming into their emergency rooms – ostensibly...
Animal protection groups have sued the USDA, saying the agency’s removal of standard online records two weeks ago violates the Freedom of Information Act.
Two long-lasting chemicals used as dielectric insulators and flame retardants have leached into the deepest parts of the oceans, reports a new study.
A white dwarf star about 200 light years from our Earth holds the ingredients for incubating life, according to a new study.
NASA researchers have developed a new branch of silicon carbide tools that can extend exploration on hot surfaces, like Venus, up to weeks – and perhaps even...
A team from Hebrew University says they’ve unearthed an undiscovered 12th cave in the West Bank that contained more scrolls – until the cave was cleared out by...
Included within the recommendations are immunization plans for accelerated HPV vaccines for children and teens, two-dose meningitis shots for adolescents, and...
The experiments themselves sound like something out of a horror movie: electrodes plunged into the skulls of subjects, who are alternately shown movie clips of...
The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has uncovered enormous, unknown geoglyphs carved into the Earth itself 2,000 years ago, according to a new study.
A gel injection blocking the travel of sperm has been proven to be an effective birth control in monkeys – and trials in human males could be coming soon.
Snails, clams, squid and octopus all can trace their family tree back to a common ancestor: a spiky and helmeted little slug which lived 480 million years ago...
Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to present hurdles to the scheduled cleanup of the site. The plan to decommission some fuel from one of the...
Mexico City air was so bad two decades ago, that locals said it was the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Slowly, the city of 17 million...
DNA extracted from human bones buried in a cave 8,000 years ago in East Asia shows the Stone-Age peoples’ descendants have stayed very close to home, according...
A new CDC rule scheduled to take effect on Feb. 21 allows the federal health agency to quarantine "ill" aircraft passengers flying into the U.S. for...
A massively long cable that was intended to be deployed in orbit to drag down and incinerate thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth has hit a...
The island of Mauritius, a tropical destination in the Indian Ocean due east of Madagascar, was the hub of a lost continent hundreds of millions of years ago,...
Nearly 70 bills encouraging the teaching of theories other than evolution – creationism or intelligent design, or some combination thereof – were pushed in...
Crystals repeat in their atomic structure through space. But a team of scientists have demonstrated that they can also repeat in time – and in so doing, they...
The three astronauts were scheduled to lift off in February 1967, the first manned mission of the program that had its sights set on placing American...
Commercial tomatoes have been selected for size, hardiness, bigger yields and brighter colors by farmers since World War II. Left by the genetic wayside was...
The world has inched closer to global disaster, according to the latest update to the Doomsday Clock. The Clock was advanced 30 seconds forward this morning,...
Whatever does not kill you does not necessarily make you stronger. Infections in infants are now linked to shorter protective parts of DNA that are markers of...
The crypt-keeper wasp victimizes another wasp, laying in its insides the larva that will eventually erupt as adults straight through the head of the host,...
The administration of President Donald Trump is reining in federal agencies, their message – and some science funding. The new directives from various federal...
The Anasazi were a regional powerhouse in the American Southwest – and the ruins of their settlements are still perhaps the most startling archaeological finds...