With Rapid DNA machines, genetic fingerprinting could become as routine as the old-fashioned kind. But forensic experts see a potential for misuse.
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Photographers captured scenes in the skies as the Earth’s shadow covered the moon.
A Chinese government investigation found that He Jiankui had “seriously violated” state regulations by altering human embryos.
The lonely male in a Bolivian museum was thought to be the last Sehuencas water frog, but an expedition has found him a potential mate.
The pace of space rocks pummeling Earth and the moon was relatively infrequent, but then doubled or tripled for unknown reasons, a new study finds.
In terrifying synchrony, baby stink bugs all but explode to life.
A mushroom species was found to sense predators and sent warning signals to other parts of its body, but how it does that remains a mystery.
Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.
Despite all the speculation, it’s not a landing zone for aliens. Scientists say the ice disks are an unusual but entirely natural phenomenon.
With the Arctic warming rapidly, ice loss in Greenland is accelerating and may soon be a major factor in rising sea levels, according to a new study.
The S.T.D. has gained ground among all women in the U.S., including those who are expecting.
You don’t really need to call it a “Super Blood Wolf Moon.”
Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying?
A researcher says that as the climate changes, “winter is shortening, but you’re getting these more intensive periods in that shorter winter.”
A surprising number of plants and animals have been discovered alive and well after scientists had declared them long gone.
Prince Philip, 97, was involved in a car accident outside London. For families everywhere, the incident raises all-too-familiar questions.
A new government program was supposed to prevent certain Medicare recipients from cycling in and out of hospitals. Now experts worry some older patients are being denied necessary care.
A new device — wearable, wireless and battery free — improves the ability to monitor and diagnose health problems by analyzing the sweat on your skin.
After pioneering a targeted cancer therapy, he oversaw MD Anderson in Houston as it gained a reputation as the nation’s top cancer hospital.
Counties where doctors got more meals, trips and consulting fees from opioid makers had higher overdose deaths involving prescription opioids.
The advisory committee voted 8-8 on approving the drug, to be called Zynquista, which would be the first oral medication for people with Type 1 diabetes.
The newborn killer whale, called L124, looks healthy. But its family is still in danger of extinction.
As the drug becomes more popular, concerns have been raised that its use can lead to psychotic disorders. Here’s what scientists know for sure, and what they don’t.
The National Parks are in partial shutdown. But America’s wilderness shines in a show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that reveals how human intervention has changed purple mountains’ majesty.
Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. But their revisions to the human story are making some scholars of prehistory uneasy.
Many of the big economic questions in coming decades will come down to just how extreme the weather will be, and how to value the future versus the present.
A report in the medical journal The Lancet recommends cutting food waste and consumption of red meat, especially among people who eat a lot of it.
Researchers found that more than half of all species could vanish from the wild, and the implications for coffee’s survival in the era of climate change are huge.
Dr. Bourgain, a recipient of some of his field’s most prestigious awards, was undaunted by even the most intractable of challenges.
The former coal lobbyist took the stand before a Senate panel to make his case for leading the E.P.A. and steering President Trump’s agenda of rolling back environmental rules.
A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.
The sudden appearance of a giant ice disk in Maine has raised many questions. Watch it rotate in this stunning drone video.
A key global temperature report isn’t coming out this week because of missing data, and some long-term research projects are at risk.
In “Breaking and Entering,” Jeremy Smith tells the story of a brilliant, larger-than-life computer scientist who runs her own boutique cybersecurity firm.