Humans have created more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, a new study suggests.
Paying people to conserve trees may be a cost-effective way to curb deforestation and reduce carbon emissions and should be a key component of fighting climate change, a new study suggests.
New research suggests that parasitic infections could increase in the next century due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.
Oil can negatively affect the higher-order thinking of coral reef fish, making them more vulnerable to predators and less able to find a livable habitat, new research suggests.
Researchers have created a visualization of how fruit flies sense and process temperature and humidity with a “sensory map” in their brains.
Treatment for osteoporosis may also help prevent gum disease, according to a new study that looked at the prevalence of periodontitis in postmenopausal women.
Two drugs may erase the learning and memory deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure when given after birth, according to new research with mice.
Yoga is as effective as physical therapy to treat mild to moderate chronic low back pain, research finds, including for some underserved patients with more severe functional disability.
As the world’s largest oilfields age, the power required to keep them operating can rise dramatically even as the amount of petroleum they produce drops, a new study suggests.
Medical doctors have discovered that clipping or removing loose cartilage after knee surgery for meniscal tears—one of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures—does not benefit the patient.
The shape, size, and swimming speed of sperm all depend on one supergene, according to new research with zebra finches.
While geckos have amazing adhesive strength, a new theoretical study finds that adhesion has its limits and geckos still experience falls.
A month before birth, fetuses can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and in Japanese.
Reserchers have found that a variation in a single amino acid in a key receptor in whales may explain why some species are sleek hunters (like orcas) while others are gargantuan filter feeders (like humpbacks).
Just a few kinds of white and wheat flour dominated the markets for a century, but ancient and heritage varieties of wheat are making a comeback.
A potentially life-saving method to help raise blood pressure in trauma victims experiencing blood loss gets its inspiration from dolphins and seals.
Inspired by natural organisms—such as vines, fungi, and nerve cells—that cover distance by growing, mechanical engineers have created a new type of soft robot that can extend itself like a fast-moving vine.
A team of food scientists has found that most people can’t tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.
Viruses in the intestines may affect a person’s chance of developing type 1 diabetes, report researchers.
War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest movie in the enduring Planet of the Apes franchise, took the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend and is one of the biggest films of the summer.