Viruses are devious wretches that meddle with our biology. You might call them intracellular parasites, mobile genetic elements, or freeloading gits.
Evolution is a famously slow process. Yet key mutations gave our animal ancestors extraordinary new features, allowing them to level-up like never before.
Schrodinger's Cat is a hypothetical thought experiment created in 1935 by a man who loved physics and hated cats. Here's how it holds up today.
DNA isn't just a blueprint for foetal growth—you're expressing DNA right now to produce life-sustaining proteins like insulin, cortisol, and oxytocin.
Gene therapy is an extraordinary platform that delivers new DNA to our cells, repairing our biological blueprint where it's damaged by mutation.
Once upon a time, about 3.8 billion years ago, there was a primordial soup. It was a tad watery and flavourless, but it did contain some promising ingredients.
Here's a snapshot of what we know about man-made climate change in 2022, including past, present, and forecast data on global temperatures and sea levels.
SpaceX wants to put the first humans on Mars this decade. But can we really survive the radiation, pressure, and gravity posed by the Red Planet?
If memories and sensations are cities spread across a country, then consciousness is the interconnected network of highways that connect them.
Take a coin-sized panel of microchips, a battery, and 3,000+ electrodes distributed along neural threads thinner than human hair. This is a Link. And it goes inside your skull.
It scans every last molecule in his body and, with a digital backup made, proceeds to annihilates him.
In the forest from dawn till dark, Goodall had only fleeting glimpses of frightened animals. But after some months, she finally won their trust.
For 300,000 years, our species lived in hunter-gatherer societies; a highly social lifestyle that explains the origins of language.
Evolution connects all life on Earth. Whether you're a marine worm or a marmoset, the same genetic code proliferates your DNA.
Jellies are ancient animals who mastered sexual reproduction long before us. Frankly, we're the ones odd-balling it with our penises, vaginas, and miserable childbirth.
Huge helium reserves just beneath the Moon's surface could supply nuclear fusion reactors on Earth, offering a clean energy source for the 21st century.
So you have this dream of changing the world? For Elon Musk, this isn't enough. His ambitions are multiplanetary.
This is my friend Sutton, who volunteered for a harmless classical conditioning experiment. Let's start by poking him in the eye.
In meaningful ways, dogs are actually smarter than our closest primate cousins—bonobos, orangutans, and chimpanzees—thanks to living side-by-side with humans for 40,000 years.
As the youngest of the coronavirus family, SARS-CoV-2 did his parents proud. Here's where the novel virus came from and how antigenic drift has seen it evolve.
It's not you—it's me. Besides being your favourite pseudo-compassionate breakup line, this is also the answer to an ethical minefield of a question.
This is Curtuteria australis: a parasitic flatworm who takes over three separate hosts during his convoluted lifecycle.
As the SARS-CoV-2 virus has evolved, so too has the pathology of COVID-19. It's now classed as a vascular disease, potentially causing multi-system dysfunction.
Nanomedicine is shaping our experience of being human. There are already 50+ nanomedicines in use, including lipid nanoparticles in COVID-19 vaccines.
A psychology-based manifesto from a man who's making a giant existential omelette and breaking more than a few eggs in the process.
Despite his extraordinary inventions, the media labelled Tesla a lunatic and a con-man, and at one low point, he even saw his private New York lab burned to the ground.
Biology is a major driver of depression, with neurochemical processes inducing a permanent stress response in the face of life's challenges.
Asimov described his short story, Nightfall, as an archetypal social science fiction, moving away from gadgets and toward exploration of the human condition.
In the 5,000 years since it was built, Stonehenge has been eroded by weather, sunken by earthworms, and picked at by handsy tourists.