Baleen whales are some of the least likely mammals, supporting their massive bodies by filtering tiny prey. New evidence from an ancient fossil sheds new light on how baleen evolved.
Now is the time for China to put its technological and diplomatic skills on display in its quest for superpower status.
Considerable effort has gone into improving laboratory services in many African countries. But the quality of tests is questionable.
Science can't just stay in the ivory tower. But what does impact really mean and how does it happen? A study of more than a decade of ecological fieldwork projects in Bolivia suggests a better way.
New techniques for genetic analysis are helping us build more detailed and accurate stories about the ancient histories of the first Australians.
From eye-scanners to 3D printers, technology in humanitarian crises can be a positive force for disenfranchised people.
The Rose's mountain toadlet adapts its breeding habits according to the weather.
A study has found that a local event rather than a global shift in climate caused the mass extinction in South Africa.
France is having a debate over the age of sexual consent. Perhaps it is time the UK joined in.
Prime numbers are the biggest and oldest data set in mathematics. Why have they captivated mathematicians for millennia?
How data-driven behavioural sciences are being road tested in the political sphere.
Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
A new study shows how even having a few intelligent people in a group can benefit others.
When Vanguard 1 – the "grapefruit satellite" – was launched in 1958, its only companions were Explorer 1 and Sputnik 2. Soon it may have thousands of descendants swarming around it.
Facebook harvests individual users' data and sells it to advertisers, who narrowly target specific messages to particular people not just for profit, but for partisan political gain.
Hawking's life embodied what it means to have access to the human right of communication through communication technology.
Understanding the sex lives of fungi can help in finding answers about disease control.
Understanding the past requires knowledge that goes beyond modern science.
'Ridge A' sits at the peak of the Antarctic ice sheet and has exceptionally cold, dry, thin and dark skies.