Short sharp looks at science
A New Way to Make Cells from Scratch
How scientists are engineering synthetic cells to be more life-like.
The “Tortured Artist” Inside All Of Us
A conversation with issue 51 cover artist Jennifer Bruce.
Where the Wild Bees Are
San Diego is a biodiversity hotspot for bees. Researchers need help documenting them.
Should You Ditch Your Eco-Friendly Drinking Straw?
Some of them contain materials that are harmful to human health.
The Wisdom of a Brainless Robot
How a soft-bodied machine uses physical intelligence to navigate.
Can We Stop Time in the Body?
Inside the “out there” quest for a drug that would help doctors save lives before it’s too late.
What the Earth Knows
How understanding Earth’s deep past can lead us into our radically altered future.
Pick Up Your Dog’s Poop or Else!
Science is coming after people who don’t give a @#$% about sidewalks.
The Paradox of the Radioactive Boars
Scientists solve a long-standing mystery in Bavaria.
A New Look at One of the Oldest Weapons
What a 300,000-year-old throwing stick reveals about our near-human ancestors.