The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill
Droplets v. aerosols.
Droplets v. aerosols.
What the sensation of uncontrollable itch and the phantom limbs of amputees can tell us about how the brain works.
An ambitious new system will track scores of species from space—shedding light, scientists hope, on the lingering mysteries of animal movement.
The Canadian scapegoat of the AIDS epidemic.
He’s an expert on Twitter virality, but not on infectious disease. Does he do more help or harm?
A 17,000-word exploration of the Sahara Desert, the hottest place on Earth.
Daniel Kish is entirely sightless. So how can he ride a bike on busy streets? Go hiking for days alone? By using a technique borrowed from bats.
Decades ago, two parents sued a drug company over their newborn’s deformity—and changed courtroom science forever.
On the shared life of Tatiana and Krista Hogan:
The girls’ doctors believe it is entirely possible that the sensory input that one girl receives could somehow cross that bridge into the brain of the other. One girl drinks, another girl feels it.
On the centuries-long search for the perfect hangover remedy.
Independent “researchers” are sharing unfounded theories across social media, which have the potential to spread panic and confusion—and have even fooled legitimate government agencies.
A tragic crime. A medical breakthrough. A last chance at life.
African Elephants have been killing people, raping rhinos, and exhibiting uncharacteristically aggressive behavior. An investigation reveals deep similarities between elephants’ and humans’ reaction to childhood trauma.
An obsessive marine biologist gambles his savings, family, and sanity on a quest to be the first to capture a live giant squid.
What can hyperpolyglots teach the rest of us?
A pre-eminent expert on large carnivores runs afoul of the enemies of the wolf.
The rise and fall of CrossFit’s science crusader.
A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.
After the explosion of the Columbia shuttle in 2003, two American astronauts aboard the International Space Station suddenly found themselves with no ride home.
It’s a made-up label.
A 13-year-old girl was declared brain-dead, but her family disagreed. Her case challenges the very nature of existence.
The billionaire founder of Renaissance Technologies turns to science.
In 1937, Harvard researchers began following the lives of 268 students. Year after year, the men were interviewed and given medical and psychological exams. The goal? Find a formula for happiness.
Science work, youth, and middle aged troubles.
Stalking bluefin tuna, the most valuable wild animal in the world.