Popular Science

bg
What the Oldest Known Cave Painting Reveals About Early Humans (and What It Doesn't)

What the Oldest Known Cave Painting Reveals About Early...

Ancient humans began to draw symbols on caves at least 45,500 years ago, according...

bg
Japan Just Had Its Earliest Peak Bloom of Cherry Blossoms in 1,200 Years. Is Climate Change to Blame?

Japan Just Had Its Earliest Peak Bloom of Cherry Blossoms...

An exceptionally warm spring has led to the early arrival of cherry blossoms in...

bg
Beyond COVID, the Future of mRNA Is Bright

Beyond COVID, the Future of mRNA Is Bright

Scientists say the technology behind the COVID-19 vaccines could change medicine...

bg
Holotropic Breathing Promises Psychedelic-Like Trips Without the Drugs. Is It Safe?  

Holotropic Breathing Promises Psychedelic-Like Trips Without...

Many people report having spiritual experiences and psychological shifts while practicing...

bg
Holotropic Breathing Promises Psychedelic-Like Trips, Without the Drugs. Is It Safe?  

Holotropic Breathing Promises Psychedelic-Like Trips, Without...

Many people report having spiritual experiences and psychological shifts while practicing...

bg
The Sky Phenomena That May Have Inspired Artist Georges Seurat

The Sky Phenomena That May Have Inspired Artist Georges...

Did volcanic aerosols inspire the artist's new direction?

bg
How Plant Vaccines Could Save Us From a World Without Fruit

How Plant Vaccines Could Save Us From a World Without Fruit

Researchers are formulating unconventional solutions for tree diseases that harm...

bg
Fight or Flight? Why Our Caveman Brains Keep Getting Confused

Fight or Flight? Why Our Caveman Brains Keep Getting Confused

Once an evolutionary benefit that helped keep our ancestors alive, cortisol, the...

bg
The 5 Most Important Scientific Equations of All Time

The 5 Most Important Scientific Equations of All Time

Calculating the most influential scientific equations is no easy task. But these...

bg
Marmots are Teaching Their Captive-Bred Friends How to Live in the Wild

Marmots are Teaching Their Captive-Bred Friends How to...

Once critically endangered, Vancouver Island marmots are now teaching each other...

bg
A Mysterious Mass in a Man's Kidney Points to Cancer. But What Else Could It Be?

A Mysterious Mass in a Man's Kidney Points to Cancer. But...

One minute, Albert was feeling fine. The next he was overcome by cramps and nausea....

bg
How AI Accidentally Learned Ecology by Playing StarCraft

How AI Accidentally Learned Ecology by Playing StarCraft

A video game about battling aliens could help ecologists study life on Earth.

bg
Pollinators Are in Trouble. Here's How Transforming Your Lawn Into a Native Wildflower Habitat Can Help

Pollinators Are in Trouble. Here's How Transforming Your...

Biologists are recruiting everyday gardeners to save pollinators, with a little...

bg
Could Carbon Capture Technology Help the U.S. Meet Climate Change Commitments?

Could Carbon Capture Technology Help the U.S. Meet Climate...

The tech for capturing carbon dioxide is old. But it requires political will and...

bg
In a World of Endless Choices, Why Is Decision-Making So Tiring?

In a World of Endless Choices, Why Is Decision-Making So...

Decision-making uses mental energy that eventually runs out. The more decisions...

bg
Who Are the Fastest Animals in the World — and Why?

Who Are the Fastest Animals in the World — and Why?

The secret is all in the muscles. But if that’s true, why can’t the biggest, strong...