She helped create CRISPR, a gene-editing technology that is changing the way we treat genetic diseases and even how we produce food.
Human organs don't always show up where doctors expect.
Many contemporary composers live in the shadow of Bach and Beethoven, even though they’re just as interesting to listen to.
From "shell shock" to "combat fatigue," the wars of the past century have violently illuminated the power trauma can wield over the mind and body.
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Experiencing too much pleasure and not enough pain may yield counterintuitive consequences.
When Cameroon's Lakes Monoun and Nyos exploded, they released clouds of carbon dioxide that suffocated everything in its wake.
More than 90% of human faces are home to mites that live in our skin pores. These friendly guests might be merging with us.
An elaborate device called the Mechanical Turk defeated Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte at chess. Edgar Allan Poe revealed the hoax.
From succubi to aliens, stories of abductions or other unsettling encounters have been with us for millennia. What explains them?
"Immodest Acts" tells the story of Benedetta Carlini, a lesbian nun who claimed to be a mystic visionary but failed to convince the leaders of her faith.
The so-called "court painter of Silicon Valley" was shaped by her youth in communist Poland but looks forward to a future ruled by celebrity robots.
An unexpected finding shows us how little we know about the early human story in our region.
Every year, scientists like George Church get better at editing the genomes of human beings. But will genome editing help or hurt us?
Distinguishing fact from fiction can be tough, especially when it comes to people as controversial as Stalin.
The tragedy of Alexis de Tocqueville: The French aristocrat who spent his life trying to understand democracy
Despite losing most of his extended family to the guillotine, Tocqueville grew up to become a fervent supporter of democratic revolution.
If you don't mourn in North Korea, you risk being executed.
From Ramses II to Alexander the Great, these leaders helped shaped the world we know today.
A small percentage of people who consume psychedelics experience strange lingering effects, sometimes years after they took the drug.
Will nature or nurture win out?
The phenomenon of “digital dementia” might not be real after all.
A basement renovation project led to the archaeological discovery of a lifetime: the Derinkuyu Underground City, which housed 20,000 people.
Behind the scenes, Hitler had at least three disastrous relationships, including a short-lived marriage.
Ever felt sad during the holidays but weren't sure why? Chances are you were suffering from a case of Christmas Blues.
For centuries, men prevented women from writing music. These classical composers broke with social norms and made their mark on history.
"Lac-Phe" grants obese mice the benefits of exercise — without exercising. But don't expect an "exercise pill."
When you unintentionally step on a dog's tail, does it know that it was an accident?