Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions
Big businesses set splashy climate targets but don’t always reveal their data. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to change that—to protect investors.
The Danger of Russia’s Lies About Bioweapons in Ukraine
Ukraine’s research labs are vital to global health. Disinformation aimed at their work puts everyone in danger.
The Pandemic Revolutionized Disease Surveillance. Now What?
Covid forced the world to develop some of the best epidemiological surveys ever done. Now they’re being cut back, even as the threat of the virus lingers.
Online 'Happiness' Classes Might Work Better Than You Think
Science of happiness courses are attracting thousands of students. But there’s still a lot to learn about whether these lessons stick.
Big Pharma's Ethical Dilemma: Should They Keep Selling to Russia?
Sanctions and boycotts following the invasion of Ukraine have curtailed the export of nearly every product—except medicines. That's up to drugmakers.
The War in Ukraine Is a Reproductive Health Crisis for Millions
Russia's invasion is making it harder to deliver babies and provide birth control, abortion services, and other essential care.
NASA Bets on an Asteroid Killer, a Venusian Balloon, and More
The agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program provides seed funding for ideas that sound like sci-fi—but just might work.
Astronomers Tally the Growing Carbon Footprint of Space Science
Observatories require electricity and computing power to process data from deep space. Is there a way to make them run greener?
NASA Finally Rolls Out Its Massive SLS Rocket, With Much at Stake
The agency’s long-awaited, costly Space Launch System is finally ready for a practice countdown before the first Artemis mission this spring.
Scientists Map Yellowstone’s Plumbing With … a Helicopter
For the first time, scientists get a look at what's going on under the park's geysers. It may even help them better understand the origin of life on Earth.
The EPA May Extend the Use of Pesticides that Paralyze Bees
Later this year, the agency will decide whether to allow four chemicals, which have been banned in Europe, to continue being used on US farms.
The Amazon Rainforest May Be Nearing a Point of No Return
Satellites spot troubling signals that may portend a transformation from rainforest to savanna, with profound implications for the planet.
A Bold Idea to Stall the Climate Crisis—by Building Better Trees
Changing the genetic makeup of trees could supercharge their ability to suck up carbon dioxide. But are forests of frankentrees really a good idea?
The Deadly Cyclone That Changed the Course of the Cold War
A 1970 storm that killed half a million people became a flashpoint for political upheaval in Pakistan—and ultimately brought America and Russia to the brink of war.
Underwater Permafrost Is a Big, Gassy Wild Card for the Climate
You’ve probably heard of permafrost, the frozen carbon-rich land. But it’s also thawing under the sea, burping up planet-warming gases.
Climate Change Is Disrupting the Global Supply Chain Too
Extreme weather, from floods to wildfires, is increasingly hammering ports, highways, and factories. It’s expected to get worse.
Coal Threatens a Comeback as the EU Pulls Away From Russian Oil
Europe's efforts to avoid Russian energy imports will likely trigger a short-term spike in coal, and environmentalists are concerned.
The Nuclear Reactors of the Future Have a Russia Problem
Next-generation nuclear plants could be safer and more efficient, but first the US has to figure out how to fuel them up—without relying on Russia.
It’s a Perfect Time for EVs. It’s a Terrible Time for EVs
Gas prices are up, commutes are back, and Russian oil is under sanction. Too bad the electric vehicle industry isn’t ready to seize the moment.
Can You Make a Hollow Metal Sphere So Big That It Floats?
Theoretically, yes. But it’s not terribly practical. And it might mean you’re a supervillain.
What It Would Take to Bring the ISS Back to Earth in One Piece
NASA plans to deorbit the International Space Station in 2031 by crashing it into the ocean. But is there another way?
Any Single Galaxy Reveals the Composition of an Entire Universe
In computer simulations, researchers have discovered that a neural network can infer the amount of matter in a whole universe by studying just one galaxy.
To Test Cancer Drugs, These Scientists Grew ‘Avatars’ of Tumors
Growing organoids in dishes and xenografts in mice lets scientists recreate a living person’s tumor—and test dozens of drugs against them at the same time.
The Most Complete Simulation of a Cell Probes Life’s Hidden Rules
A 3D digital model of a “minimal cell” leads scientists closer to understanding the barest requirements for life.
Police Used a Rape Survivor's DNA to Link Her to Another Crime
A controversial California case has raised questions about police use of DNA databases and the need for better genetic privacy laws.
A Twist on Stem Cell Transplants Could Help Blood Cancer Patients
Cell grafts can help people fighting leukemia—but they risk a dangerous immune reaction. An experimental way to filter donors’ cells might offer a solution.
This Cheetah Robot Taught Itself How to Sprint in a Weird Way
Researchers got the machine to run nearly 13 feet per second. It ain't graceful, but this powerful technique is preparing robots for the chaos of the world.
This Drone Uses Piercing Talons to Perch—or Snatch Things
What do you get when you slap 3D-printed raptor legs on a quadcopter? A robot that can land like a falcon to keep an eye on the forest.
Neural Noise Shows the Uncertainty of Our Memories
The electrical chatter of our working memories reflects our lack of confidence about their contents.
How Boa Constrictors Can Breathe Even as They Crush Their Prey
New research shows the snakes activate different sections of their rib cage, using their lungs as bellows to pull in air.
How to Tell If Your Spaghetti Is Done Using Just a Ruler
Keep throwing noodles against the wall if you want, but this tactic ensures the pasta's texture is just right every single time.
4 Years On, a New Experiment Sees No Sign of ‘Cosmic Dawn’
Astronomers tried to confirm a signal from the birth of the first stars after the Big Bang. They saw nothing.
The War Puts Ukraine's Clinical Trials—and Patients—in Jeopardy
Hundreds of trials have been disrupted in the medical research hub. Some patients are at risk of losing their last chance at survival.
The War in Ukraine Is Threatening the Breadbasket of Europe
Millions of tons of grain may not make it out of the country this year. The shortfall could spread hunger and civil unrest worldwide.
How a Plucky Robot Found the Long-Lost Endurance Shipwreck
Over a century ago, two dozen men were stranded in Antarctica. Here’s how a robot dove 10,000 feet to glimpse their lost ship for the first time.
The Race to Rescue Ukraine’s Power Grid From Russia
In late February, Ukraine began a long-planned 72-hour test to unhook its electricity grid from Russia’s. Then the invasion started.
Machines of War Take a Heavy Toll on Ukraine—and the Planet
The conflict is poised to exacerbate the climate crisis, as tanks, jets, and convoys burn fossil fuels and nearby nations boost their military spending.
These Ukrainians Are Stuck in Antarctica as War Rages at Home
At the Vernadsky research base, a crew of 12 Ukrainians watch from thousands of miles away as their country is battered by Russian attacks.
Climate Change Is Taking a Big Bite out of Our Food Supply
This week’s startling United Nations IPCC report suggests the situation is worse than previously thought, and war in Ukraine will only compound the problem.
You Should Still Test Yourself for Covid. Here’s When
Even if you're vaccinated, there are still scenarios where you should get tested and use your results to make smart, empathetic choices.
Failure to Launch
Turmoil Over Ukraine Could Debilitate Russia's Space Program
In response to international sanctions, Russia’s space agency is distancing itself from its former partners and risks losing its role as a major space power.
Offshore Wind Turbines Could Mess With Ships’ Radar Signals
A new study finds that turbines can muddle ships' navigational systems, obscuring the location of smaller boats or creating misleading images on radar screens.
The Pandemic Tanked Rates of Childhood Vaccination—for Everything
Routine shots are down for everything from measles to tetanus to polio, leaving kids unprotected and raising the risk of outbreaks.
A New Super-High Satellite Will Eye Weather on Earth—and in Space
The GOES-T spacecraft will focus on tracking storms and fires in the western half of North America, from well above low Earth orbit.