The Tehuantepec gap in southeastern Mexico, where this month's massive earthquake originated, was long thought to be 'aseismic.' On September 7, scientists learned otherwise.
Mapping the soil with open source application is vital to understanding how to protect it.
Bees need pollen to survive and grow, but not all plants can provide the right mix.
The CRISPR gene-editing technique raises new questions about how we measure time and conceptualise history. Here, a cultural theorist takes on the philosophical side of this scientific breakthrough.
Bugs use their own defecation to defend their young, locate their homes and increase mating opportunities. For humans, insect faeces may even have untapped medicinal properties.
Can open data change the world? We looked beyond the hype to find out.
In the current commercial space race, the idea of reusing rockets is gaining momentum.
Cyber financial crime is on the rise globally. Here's how you can stay safe.
Dire dystopian predictions aside, the real danger of artificial intelligence is not the notorious "AI singularity" but job loss and misuse by malevolent people.
Is dark energy just an illusion, as is often suggested? To resolve the dilemma, interpreting the basic principles of general relativity in a complex Universe may need a rethink.
How can we improve the PISA standardised tests?
The coveted and unusual aphrodisiac found only at very high altitudes can fetch up to US$100,000 a kilo.
Insisting that science has a monopoly on the truth invalidates dissent and undermines what should be an open dialogue between science and society.
Yes, Big Brother is almost definitely watching. Here, five tips for researchers on keeping you and your sources safe.
Laws cannot keep pace with technological advances – but that may not be a bad thing.
JAXA has announced a mission to visit the two moons of Mars and return a rock sample to Earth.
Facebook has a new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news.
Robots are strange creatures, and not only because they might steal our jobs. We humans actually have good reason to be a little worried about these machines.
Data are present in every aspect of our lives. Knowing how to present and visualise them in a creative and meaningful way can make a big difference.
Scientists in Argentina have discovered a frog that glows in moonlight and at twilight.
When leaders of weak democracies use social media to connect with their constituents, people feel heard. But Twitter responses won't give citizens what they need.
Trump is not science's biggest problem.
The Moon belongs to all of us. Let's share in its beauty from afar without splashing around $100 million on a showy space trip.
As Trump's travel ban hangs in limbo, what does it mean for science?
Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets packed around a dim star.