The geneticist at Harvard Medical School has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient people. His findings trace the prehistoric migrations of our species.
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Growing the small, green flowers is resource-intensive, and farmers can’t keep up. So scientists engineered yeast to produce the bitter, citrusy, flavor in beer.
The American cockroach has the second largest insect genome ever sequenced. The variety of genes may help it survive in a multitude of environments.
Avid bird-watchers come out annually for the counting program in the San Bernardino National Forest and California state parks, where conservation of eagles has largely been a success.
Kate Brandis, an Australian researcher, has enlisted the public to help her track elusive waterfowl as the country’s wetlands disappear.
Just two members of the charismatic subspecies remain, both female. But scientists still hope to prevent the extinction of the animals.
The honor, regarded by some as a Nobel Prize of mathematics, recognizes work on a “grand unified theory” to connect different areas of mathematics.
At a cost of $1.4 billion, a National Institutes of Health program may help scientists discover links between diseases, genes and lifestyle. But the project faces obstacles.
Hummingbirds have several tricks to survive with a super-high metabolism on a diet of nectar.
How do married clowns make wordless wizardry with balloons, umbrellas, packing peanuts and fabric? Turn on those electric fans.
Nations are protecting vast expanses of open sea but their first priority should be their richly biodiverse coastal waters.
After a report in The Times, the National Institutes of Health will examine whether health officials violated government policy by soliciting donations to fund a study of moderate drinking.
The rasping call of the wood frog, who amazingly emerges from being mostly frozen during the winter, is filling city woodlands right now.
Canada loves its ice, and outdoor hockey is part of the nation's cultural identity. So what happens when winters get too warm for backyard rinks?
The disease, which until recently seemed to be under control in Venezuela, is making an aggressive comeback in the nation, overwhelming its broken health care system.
A hovering hummingbird burns energy faster than any other bird or mammal — and it often lives just hours from starvation.
At a whale biology conference in 1971, one attendee was photographed but not named. Internet sleuths tracked her down.
A Texas suburb was intentionally flooded to save the city of Houston. We followed homeowners as they decided whether to cut their losses or rebuild.
A new category of prescription medical treatments, what executives call digital therapeutics, comes in the form of mobile apps.
The administration is vetting Dr. Robert Redfield, a founder of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology, for C.D.C. chief.
Satellite imaging, astronomy and a smart hunch about North Korea propaganda confirmed the launching site of the North Korean missile and a new monument.
Scientists and National Institute of Health officials waged a concerted campaign to obtain funding from the alcohol industry for research that may enshrine alcohol as a part of a healthy diet.
After years of austerity, the National Health Service is under enormous strain, so it is paying French doctors to perform some operations on its behalf.
The animals are built with very powerful hind legs, and sharp claws that allow them to grip, and leap and flip.
A rash of news stories this week stemmed from a misinterpreted NASA update from January.
The cascade of ecological benefits that followed the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Idaho suggests opportunities for similar efforts around the planet.
Researchers found an average of 2.3 more reported assaults on the day a rally came to town. The findings appear to confirm news reports about violence at the events.
A study by Northwestern researchers reports that a form of graphene can be used as a less harmful hair color.
Their health problems are a human creation.
The cub, born in Scotland around Christmas, will be the subject of a documentary on Sunday.
Most people will draw a man. Researchers investigate the consequences.
Despite warnings from experts, older people are using more anti-anxiety and sleep medications, putting them at risk of serious side effects and even overdoses.
Roma Agrawal, a pioneering structural engineer for some of the world’s tallest towers, explains the history and beauty of her craft.
After putting a roundworm under a microscope, Dr. Sulston shared a Nobel Prize in 2002 for discoveries on how organisms develop.
Steve is a glowing strip in the night sky, not far from the northern lights. It was named after a cartoon. Now scientists have learned more.
An examination of 20,000 patients finds that more than 800 may have genetic conditions.