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A Metropolis of 200 Million Termite Mounds Was Hidden in Plain Sight

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:32
What amount to garbage piles — some are 4,000 years old — are spread over an area the size of Britain in a remote Brazilian forest.

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Does the Universe Still Need Einstein?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 19:26
Physicists are no longer unified in the search for a unified theory.

Science Times at 40: The Key to Stopping the Illegal Wildlife Trade: China

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:44
The country is a critical market for animal contraband. Some scientists fear the official commitment to conservation may be wavering.

A Conversation With: Steven Pinker Thinks the Future Is Looking Bright

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:44
The Harvard psychologist says he is no starry-eyed optimist. It’s just that the data don’t lie.

Science Times at 40: Survivor

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:42
A story of mass extinctions.

11 THINGS We’d Really like to know: How Can We Unleash the Immune System?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:39
Although immunotherapy can work wonders for cancer, it does not help everyone, side effects can be fierce, and costs are high. But the field is young.

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Where’s Our Warp Drive to the Stars?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:38
Physicists haven’t given up on the dream of zipping around the universe. Now they’ve come up with a far-out idea for making it happen.

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Will We Survive Climate Change?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:38
Possibly. There is ‘no scientific support for inevitable doom,’ one expert notes.

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:38
For better and worse, humans are only improving their ability to deceive themselves with technology.

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Honestly, Some Questions Are Better Left Unanswered

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:37
Cat-poop coffee. Time travel. Alien messages. We should leave some mysteries alone.

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: How Long Can People Live?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:35
The trick is not to increase life span, scientists say, but to lengthen “health span.”

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: Why Are We Still So Fat?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:35
Only bariatric surgery reliably leads to long-term weight loss. Now scientists hope to duplicate the effects with a pill.

Global Health: Why Don’t We Have Vaccines Against Everything?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:35
Money is just the obvious obstacle. A few diseases, like H.I.V., so far have outwitted both the immune system and scientists.

11 things we’d really like to know: When Will We Solve Mental Illness?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:31
Biology was supposed to cure what ails psychiatry. Decades later, millions of people with mental disorders are still waiting.

11 things we’d Really like to know: Will We Ever Cure Alzheimer’s?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:28
Few drugs have been approved for treatment of this dementia, and none works very well. It has become one of the most intractable problems in medicine.

11 Things We’d Really Like to Know: How Did We Get to Be Human?

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:15
Evolution did not draw a straight line from early hominins to modern humans. At one point, we shared the planet with a number of near-relatives.

Science Times at 40: Hope for the Great Apes, and Maybe for Us

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:00
Mountain gorillas are faring better. So what’s wrong with a little optimism?

Science Times at 40: Essay: The Experiments Are Fascinating. But Nobody Can Repeat Them.

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:00
Science is mired in a ‘replication’ crisis. Fixing it will not be easy.

Science Times at 40: ‘Enough Is Enough’: Science, Too, Has a Problem With Harassment

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 17:30
Many women in science thought that meritocracy was the antidote to sexism. Now some have decided on a more direct approach.

Science Times at 40: Some Good News, and a Hard Truth, About Science

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 17:00
Lost in the swirl of alternative truths is the fact that science is a verb, not a noun.