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.
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.
An unexpected finding shows us how little we know about the early human story in our region.
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.
Distinguishing fact from fiction can be tough, especially when it comes to people as controversial as Stalin.
Every year, scientists like George Church get better at editing the genomes of human beings. But will genome editing help or hurt us?
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.
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?
Behind the scenes, Hitler had at least three disastrous relationships, including a short-lived marriage.
A basement renovation project led to the archaeological discovery of a lifetime: the Derinkuyu Underground City, which housed 20,000 people.
When you unintentionally step on a dog's tail, does it know that it was an accident?
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.
Jean Paul Sartre summed up the existentialist idea of "bad faith" through a waiter who acted a bit too much like a waiter.
"Lac-Phe" grants obese mice the benefits of exercise — without exercising. But don't expect an "exercise pill."
The cause of the recent uptick in radiation is unknown, but speculation about another catastrophe at Chernobyl is hyperbolic.
Far from being inappropriate, many of the most controversial acceptance speeches highlighted important issues in the film industry.