Survival of the FriendliestDid dogs “self-domesticate”? Did humans?
Planets Deserve Better NamesNominate your pet’s name for exoplanet 2M 0746+20b
We Don’t Need a Theory of EverythingWhy physics is messy.
Some Mercury Is Good for YouBanning a vaccine preservative would endanger millions of children.
Phone Home To Turn Up the HeatA former Apple inventor tackles the thermostat problem.
How Do You Ticket a Driverless Car?You may be allowed to text while outside the car, but you can’t “drive” drunk.
What’s More Dangerous: Biology or Synthetic Biology?The latest applications made by engineering living things.
Chaos Is Good for YouHow to make things that are the opposite of fragile.
Were Prehistoric Statues Pornographic?Our interpretations say more about modern sexism than life in the Paleolithic.
Getting a Global Second OpinionA digital artist with a brain tumor posts his medical records online.
Tigers Need Tourist TrapsThe best protection many endangered species have is tourism dollars.
Science’s Fantasy IslandWhy a biologist with big bucks established a research base off the coast of Canada.
The Brains Behind the Eyes on MarsWhat are the Mars Curiosity rover’s cameras looking for?
Let’s Play AstronautWhy spelunking is the next best thing to outer space.
You Think 2012 Is Hot? Wait Until 2013.Barring a volcanic eruption, next year will set records. But don’t blame El Niño.
Can Physics Experiments Catch Up?Multiverse physics is “so removed from observation that it’s a little scary.”
God’s Green EarthReligious leaders can help stop wildlife crime.
Half a Million Plus Three to Five YearsAn ambitious plan to drill into an ancient Antarctic lake failed on Christmas.
The Countess of Psychedelic Drugs“What you do with your consciousness is your own business.”
Insane Plan To Cross Antarctica During Polar WinterThe expedition’s medic explains what could go wrong.
Are We Living in a Simulated Universe?It’s a testable question.
Specialist Knowledge Is Useless and UnhelpfulWhen data prediction is a game, the experts lose out.
Risking Life and Libel Suits To Expose FraudThe blogger who uncovers plagiarism, false claims, and faked research in China.
Oliver Sacks Wants To Destigmatize HallucinationsThey’re surprisingly common, and they don’t necessarily mean madness.
Landslides Are Even Deadlier Than We KnewAnd they may be getting worse.
What Does It Feel Like To Win a Nobel Prize?Memorable quotes from this year’s winners.
Democratize Astronomy Now!Why every country in Africa should have a research telescope.
Floating Cities? Bon Voyage, Rich Libertarians.Seasteads will be communes for the wealthy.
Do You Really Want To Know Your Baby’s Genetics?New prenatal testing will bring anxiety and dilemmas.
Grow Your Own EnergyA NASA-backed experiment harvests algae for oil, releases fresh water.