In the last 30 years, the number of people with asthma has risen sharply in Western countries like the U.S.
The world land speed record is in serious jeopardy. That’s because the Bloodhound SSC was unveiled to the world in its final form Thursday in London, and this supersonic chariot won’t just break the land speed record, it’s expected to obliterate it.
Every object in the solar system casts a shadow. Large objects, like Earth, create big shadows that can engulf entire worlds, even if those worlds loom bigger than normal.
It’s been nearly a decade since this female yellow-bellied water snake came in contact with a male snake, but it hasn’t stopped her from starting a family.
If you used the word “failure” to describe SpaceX’s unsuccessful attempts to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship, you should probably play this web game.
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do, unless, of course, you’re a hermaphroditic worm. The free-living flatworm Macrostomum hystrix prefers to mate with others of its species; but if placed in isolation, the independent worm will do the nasty on its own for the sake of reproduction.
This is a science story with a happy ending, but oh boy was the intermission long. In June 2013 a group of Stanford students attached two cameras and a cell phone to a weather balloon and sent it into the stratosphere.
Roller coaster designers in Switzerland have created — no, summoned — a thrill ride that will either leave you begging for mercy or wanting more.
Most pet owners know that dogs are masters at the art of getting humans to obey their wishes, whether it’s a trip outside or retrieving a tennis ball that rolled under the couch.
Yeast, the sugar-gobbling microorganism that’s filled our bellies with beer and bread for millennia, has a new, increasingly important, role to play in society: serving as a therapeutic drug factory.
The Beatles famously taught us that love is all we need, and that’s appears to also be true for zebra finch families.
A brand-new species of human ancestor has been identified from a wealth of bones in a cave in South Africa.
It’s hard to fathom, but Stonehenge, one of the world’s most iconic wonders, is really just the figurative opening act to a much larger show.
When space tourism eventually takes off, you can guarantee the first travelers to shell out the money to get there will also want to partake in the finer things in life – like a good whiskey — while enjoying their place on top of the world.
Scientists have designed a robot that kills with the mechanical efficiency you’d expect from a soulless hunk of metal, but there’s no reason to be concerned.
The Big Shigir Idol, a 17-foot wooden statue found in western Siberia in 1890, has puzzled researchers for decades with its unreadable hieroglyphics.
The road to good health is paved with plenty of sleep. Parents and doctors have repeated this bit of wisdom for years; however, the link between your sleeping patterns and the onset of sickness was a parable based on correlation – not causation, the ultimate aim of scientific inquiry.
Many wasp species have chemicals in their venom that kill bacteria. In the last few years, researchers have found that some of these chemicals also kill cancer cells, though exactly how they work has remained a mystery.
North America’s largest bird is on the verge of extinction, and scientists are using shock therapy to give them a fighting chance.
We often think of our homes as clean and the outdoors as dirty, but it turns out that our homes actually contain a more diverse population of microbes than the dirt outside — and most of them came from you and your pets.