Controversy over a Chinese study that used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology shows how the West still looks at the East through the lens of Orientalism.
Africa has one of the world's richest fossil records, and evidence suggests that amateurs collected really important fossils long before professionals arrived on the scene.
Evidence of Homo naledi's age suggests we need to rethink our understanding of human history and evolution.
The true promise of ageing research is that rather than tackling individual diseases one at a time, a single drug to treat ageing would treat all of the diseases that arise in old age, at once.
Sea cows (Sirenia) descended from four legged mammals that roamed Africa when this continent was isolated. They belong to the Afrotheria, the 'African beasts'.
A study is being done in Ethiopia's Danakil Depression - a natural environment like no other on earth - to understand how microbes thrive in extreme environments such as those found on Mars.
Trump is not science's biggest problem.
The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment.
Searching for animals thought to be extinct – or fictional – is difficult, painstaking and often disappointing. But new technology like drones offer hope of a boom in biological discovery.
As Trump's travel ban hangs in limbo, what does it mean for science?
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.
Can California's wet weather make earthquakes more likely? Scientists are still learning about what triggers these events. Even human activity can be a culprit.
Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets packed around a dim star.
Female scientists publish more and better research but are promoted less. New research from Mexico exposes gender gap in science there, and across the globe.
Elon Musk has suggested we merge with machines so we're not replaced by them. But that might only delay the inevitable.
Churchill allowed science to flourish. Without a similar attitude in today’s politics, we may hit a bottleneck for life that leaves a Universe without a single human soul to enjoy it.
Historical records can help us understand what will happen to the northern lights.
New data shows that the hairy-legged vampire bat of Pernambuco, Brazil, has developed an appetite for human blood over that of other possible prey.
Artificial intelligence is surrounded by fear and mystery because very few understand its inner workings. But it's actually rather intuitive and far simpler than it seems.
A new study of captive dolphins has found that those engaging in synchronised swimming make more optimistic judgements about an unknown event.