Gene editing a fertilized human embryo.
Scientists worldwide are calling for a moratorium on gene editing in germline cells. But what is a germline cell? How does it differ from other cells in our body? Why does it matter if we edit them?
A detective holds a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the same type of gun used in the Sandy Hook School shooting.
AP Photo/Jessica Hill
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims could sue a gun maker, a decision that could open the floodgates to more lawsuits.
Frozen fountain in New York City during a bomb cyclone event, Jan. 4, 2018.
What raises a common winter storm to the level of 'bomb cyclone'? It's all about rapid, sharp changes in atmospheric pressure – and the scientists who coined the term meant to highlight their power.
The science of getting quickly and safely to the bottom.
In many cities, convention holds that there's a lane for walking and a lane for standing on the escalator. But human systems engineers suggest this isn't the most efficient option for the system.
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over southern Afghanistan.
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
Civilian casualty counts are a powerful tool for propaganda – and for establishing peace.
Some diets have ambitions a lot weightier than helping you lose a few pounds.
AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama
Many diets make the case that eating certain types of foods will improve your health while redeeming our society and saving the planet.
Let’s work together.
People – individually and in groups – were not as good at facial recognition as an algorithm. But five people plus the algorithm, working together, were even better.
People use SNAP benefits to buy food.
Even without any disruption, SNAP benefits tend to run out before the next disbursement arrives.
They said it, but is it true?
Psychological phenomena like confirmation bias and the Dunning-Kruger effect make it easy for people to fall for deliberate or inadvertent lies in the news.
Cohen testified that the Trump Organization is more about Trump than doing business.
While Trump may be an extreme example, much of the conduct Cohen highlighted reflects attitudes and actions commonplace among public companies.
Instead of overreacting to minor slights, it’s healthier to just say, ‘pyt.’
Pyt doesn't have an exact English translation, but there's a rich strain of psychological research devoted to its benefits in everyday life.
How will each drug interact with the proteins in your body?
Artificially intelligent drug design programs could discover new therapies for conditions that are difficult or prohibitively expensive to cure.
Children can get quite expensive.
Sen. Warren is proposing universal child care as a way to rein in the soaring costs of raising a family. A sociologist explains what’s driving the trend.
Lennie Skutnik, center front, at Reagan’s State of the Union address.
Since 1982, presidents have invited special guests to the State of the Union who they believe embody values around which the nation can rally.
Spraying salt onto roads is a safety measure.
When it snows, it pours – but why do municipalities treat the roads with salt? A chemist explains how salt affects water and ice.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
The Fed abruptly ended two years of aggressive interest rate hikes, signaling the longest economic expansion on record may be coming to a close.
What to write to get that next grant?
Grant abstracts with more words, more complex language and more storytelling tend to earn more money – even if that's not exactly what funders say they'd want.
Many patients are surprised to learn what their health care procedures cost.
Hospitals are now required to post their prices online. This approach is unlikely to change US health care – but better price transparency tools could actually reduce costs.
Since the Great Recession, the employment rate has gone up — but some rural groups lag behind.
There's a notable disparity between the rate of employment for people with and without disabilities, especially in certain pockets of the US.
A police officer stands guard over the global elites who decided to make the trek to Davos this year.
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
The high-profile absence of several world leaders including Trump from the World Economic Forum has led some to suggest its influence is in decline. A philosopher who has seen Davos up close disagrees.