As summer ends, people are cramming in that much-needed vacation in increasing numbers. But not everyone is taking them, indeed a quarter of American workers get no paid time off. And that's a problem for our brains.
For fans of James Bond films or John LeCarre spy thrillers, a new discovery by researchers at MIT may conjure up images of espionage agents — or perhaps NSA agents — using new technology to outwit the enemy.
For three decades, Mary-Claire King has led efforts to improve genetic technologies that can be used to identify the stolen children of Argentina’s Dirty War. Her partnership with The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo has yielded remarkable results.
Scientists at the European Space Agency have finally achieved a milestone years in the making. Their Rosetta Probe this week rendezvoused with a comet and will tail it as it makes its journey through the solar system.
The overuse of antibiotics in livestock may contribute to antibiotic resistance in humans, which some scientists think may cause a public health disaster. But courts have ruled against mandatory rules limiting antibiotics in animals, and other researchers say that's just fine.
A nasty tropical disease that causes extreme joint pain and can leave sufferers unable to sit up for weeks has shown up in the US for the first time. Florida health officials say at least two cases of chikungunya appear to have been transmitted by local mosquitoes, and a reporter who's been covering the story says officials fear a wider outbreak.
The discovery of two giant holes in the ground in far northern Russia is raising all kinds of speculation about their origin. No one yet knows for sure how they were formed, but a leading scientist is pointing to an ever-more usual suspect—climate change.
Plants have senses that put humans to shame. Not only do they hear (yes, it's true) and smell, they can also sense the presence of water, and even an object in their space. Now new research suggests that plants can actually learn and remember.
Italy is a fiercely anti-GMOs. It's one of a handful of countries to ban them outright. But European law is trumping them, and it has opened a window for one Italian farmer who is growing GMO corn anyway.
Scientists say a massive ice sheet in Antarctica is starting to collapse. It's not going to slide into the ocean over night, but rather over centuries. Still, it will fall, scientists say. It's gotten to the point it can't be stopped — and that means rising sea levels.
Scientists are often depicted as skeptical of God — atheists who believe only what they can prove. But science writer Amir Aczel says science doesn't actually disprove God, and there are at least a handful of scientific phenomena that suggest an outside force acted to create the universe.
Japanese researchers say they've found a species of algae that could help decontaminate radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. But they say the plant's owners don't seem very interested in the idea.
In Australia's Northern Territory, termites build mounds that are tall, thin, and aligned like compass needles. How and why the insects do this is not entirely clear. One entomologist offers some theories.
Images of stings that look like gunshot wounds and Chinese exterminators in protective suits with blowtorches have given the Asian giant hornets an infamous reputation. That, and the dozens of deaths they have caused in China.
Oil spills are ecological disasters. Whether it’s the oil itself or the dispersants used to break up the slick, spills wreak environmental havoc on marine life, shore life and human life. But hydrocarbon-chewing microbes could reduce the havoc and the danger.
Researchers and video game developers are collaborating to create video games to improve cognitive health, lead to better understanding of diseases — even change the whole approach to scientific discovery.
The World's Clark Boyd reports from Denmark on a new factory that's making ethanol from straw. If the technology pans out, supporters hope it will help replace both gasoline and biofuels made from food crops.
A recent study from Tel Aviv University, estimated around 39,000 of them live in Tel Aviv. Most street cats in Israel only live to be one or two years old. But despite their sadly short lives, they still manage to reproduce at amazing speed.